Web Style Guide change log

These guides are reviewed regularly by the Content Design and Writing Group. This is a list of updates and additions to the Web Style Guide, organized by year.

 

September

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July

Updated guidance:

Added guidance on:

February

The former Writing for the Web Guides were published as the Web Style Guide. The following is a log of what changes to expect in the revised guide.

Updated guidance:

Added guidance on:

 

Updated:

  • Use sentence case for all headings and page titles. Sentence case is easier to scan and less formal, which aligns with our guidance for the tone of web content to be less formal and more direct. It also aligns with guidance from other government’s style guides
  • Do not use ampersands in headings or page titles anymore unless it is part of a formal name (ie M&M’s) or when citing sources (ie Jones & Jones, 2005). Ampersands are more difficult to read and are used inconsistently across the site
  • Updated guideline on including file size in links to one decimal place

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Updated:

  • Updated our phone number format from parentheses and dashes, to just dashes. Using parentheses gives the impression that the area code is not required to make a call. Since 2008, only 10-digit calls are connected throughout British Columbia. Removing them makes phone numbers easier to read for people with some learning disabilities

Added:

  • Do not use italics even for legislation, titles or foreign words. When needed, you may use italics for scientific names. Italics are difficult to read, particularly for people with reading disabilities or low vision