Formatting

Accordions

Accordions must not replace good writing, editing and information architecture.

Use accordions in CMS Lite only when they improve the user’s experience.

Never use accordions in the right column.

When possible, limit accordions to six on a single page.

Ampersands (&)

Ampersands are safe characters for screen readers and shorten titles and headings.

Use & instead of “and” in navigation, page titles and headings.

  • Policy & Standards
  • Data & Information

Legal names of acts or legislation are an exception.

  • Forest and Range Practices Act (not Forest & Range Practices Act)

Use ampersands for business names or when citing sources.

  • AT&T
  • Smith & Jones, 2001

Use “and” in page copy even where a heading or title is referenced.

  • The staff of Policy and Standards
  • The Data and Information team

PO Box

Use PO Box without periods.

Emphasizing Text

Bold

Use bold for emphasis, but use it sparingly. Never use bold in headings or page titles. 

Italics

Screen readers interpret italics differently, and may ignore or over-emphasize them.

People with reading disabilities or visual impairment can find italics difficult to read.

CMS Lite doesn't display italics in navigation menus or breadcrumbs.

A consistent and accessible online experience benefits readers more than style.

Don't use italics in web writing, even for legislation, titles or foreign words.

Underlining

Never underline text as users may expect a hyperlink.

Fonts

Font type and size are defined by the B.C. government content management system. They can't be altered.

Spacing

Use one space at the end of a sentence, not two.

Never insert extra line spaces before or after paragraphs or headings. Trust default spacing.

Follow spacing rules for hyphens and dashes.

Tables

Only use tables for tabular data.

Ellipses

Ellipses indicate omission. Use the CMS Lite special character tool to insert ellipses. There are no extra spaces before, between or after each of the periods. A closed ellipsis at the end of a sentence will appear as four dots: .…

Examples

When using examples in your text, use an appropriate heading, provide an introductory sentence or phrase and then use a bulleted list to present examples.

Indent if the example is within a bulleted list.

  • Example 1
  • Example 2
    • Example 2a

Copying & Pasting

Don’t use copy created for another purpose without first editing it for the web. Pasted content can introduce styles and formats that you may not see until the page is published. 

If you need to paste content into the CMS, refer to the CMS Lite Manual.