New terms and variations emerge rapidly. In making these judgments, we have referred to The Associated Press Stylebook as our guide.
Also visit the online style guide created by the Information Technology Services Communications Group at The University of Texas at Austin.
Frequently Used E-terms
dial up (verb) dial-up (adjective) account email (no hyphen) Internet (cap “I”) log in (verb) login (noun) log out (verb) logout (noun) multimedia (one word, no hyphen) Net (cap “N,” no apostrophe) offline (one word, no hyphen) online (one word, no hyphen) website (one word, lowercase "w")
Although references to the Web itself use a cap W, these Web-based words use a lower case w.
webcast A live broadcast on the Web webmaster The creator of a site webzine Media of the Web and for the Web
|CC||carbon copy (BCC - blind carbon copy)|
|CD||compact disc (plural CDs)|
|dpi||dots per inch (lower case, never spelled out)|
|FAQ||frequently asked question|
|FPS||frames per second|
|FTP||file transfer protocol|
|GIF||graphic interchange format|
|GUI||graphical user interface (plural GUIs)|
|HTML||hypertext markup language|
|ISP||Internet service provider|
|JPEG||joint photographic experts group|
|LAN||local area network|
|RAM||random access memory|
|RSI||repetitive strain injury|
|TCP/IP||transmission control protocol/Internet protocol|
|TIFF||tagged image file format|
|WAN||wide area network|