NSU Publications Style Manual

38 web addresses (URLs) Italicize all web addresses. If a web address is in running text and goes on to the next line, do not add a hyphen. Simply break the address right before a punctuation mark, carrying the punctuation symbol to the next line. If this is impossible, break the URL with a soft return between syllables. If the web address ends a sentence, add the requisite ending punctuation mark. • nova.edu • Visit us at nova.edu. In general, web addresses no longer need to have the www in front of the address, though it is sometimes required when trying to create a link. If your address is being used in a printed piece, leave off the www. If it is being used electronically, check if the www is necessary. Websites with http:// and https:// should always be checked to see if they will work without the prefix, as some websites won’t work without them. website, web page According to the Chicago Manual of Style, version 16, website is now one word, no hyphen, and lowercase. The word web in web page is lowercased, but the phrase is still two words. Combined words, such as webbased, will be lowercased, but have a hyphen. According to Wired Style: Principles of English Usage in the Digital Age, “A website is any collection of pages that lives on the web. The term ‘website’ usually refers to a constellation of separate pages accessed through a main title or contents page.” Therefore, when referring to any web presence that contains more than one page or location, use website. Web page should only be used to refer to a single page within a site, or a single-page site with no internal links. Use home page only to refer the opening or introductory page of a website. See also computer terms. WebSTAR Note the capitalization. well-being One word with a hyphen which This word must have a definite antecedent in your sentence. Don’t use which to refer to a whole idea, and NEVER use which as a conjunction. • We will hire him if he passes the drug test, but I doubt that he will. • NOT We will hire him if he passes the drug test, which I doubt. (ambiguous reference) • She wants to know whether he passed the test, but I have no idea. • NOT She wants to know whether he passed the test, which I have no idea. See also that/who vs. which/who. while Usually refers to time. Avoid indiscriminate use of while as a substitute for and, but, and although. • Sherry visited NSU while her friend waited uncomfortably in the car. See also although and awhile. who, whom Occasionally, the rules can be bent for the sake of a colloquial tone. • Correct: In an emergency, whom can you call? (Whom is the object of the verb call.) • Incorrect but colloquial: In an emergency, who can you call? whoever, whomever The form depends on the word’s use in the sentence. • Whoever answers the phone will receive my exciting message. (Whoever is the subject of the verb answers, and the entire phrase whoever answers the phone functions as the subject of the verb will receive.) • I will speak to whoever answers the phone. (This one is tricky. Whoever functions as the subject of the phrase answers the phone; the entire phrase whoever answers the phone is the object of the preposition to.) • Repeat this story to whomever you see. (Here, whomever is the object of you see, and whomever you see is also the object of the preposition to.) W

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