NOVA Style Guide
The AP Stylebook is the official standard the NOVA website follows. The NOVA Style Guide serves as a customized supplement to AP. All content published on NOVA's website must adhere to these references. (The NOVA home page and Events Calendar are exceptions.)
Achieving the Dream:
When used in abbreviated form ATD is all uppercase.
Capitalization of Campus:
When used with a specific location the term "campus" is a formal designation and should be uppercase.
Example: Alexandria Campus
Capitalization of College:
When used alone "college" should be lowercase unless it is part of a proper noun.
Examples: he is going to college, the College, Northern Virginia Community College
Capitalization of Words in Headlines and Headings:
All words should be uppercase except: a, an, and, as, at, but, by, for, if, in, of, on, or, the, to
When referencing these college services use the following case style – NOVA all uppercase, one word:
Name of College:
Never use "NVCC" when referring to the college; use "NOVA" or "Northern Virginia Community College"
Commas in a Series:
Do not put a comma before the conjunction in a simple series.
Spell out days of the week, abbreviate months
Lowercase, no dash
All uppercase, it’s considered a reference not an actual word
Faculty and Staff Web Pages Categories to Include:
Name (hyperlink to their personal NOVA website if they have one) | Discipline | Phone | Email
* Group people by Discipline
FAQ not FAQs:
It is an abbreviation for Frequently Asked Questions (the "s" at the end is implied)
Guaranteed Admission Agreements:
Accepted form with an -s on the end of Agreements, NOT on the end of Admission
Two words, not one
More Than vs. Over:
AP lifted the ruling on the use of more than versus over; choose whichever term you prefer as long as it’s used consistently throughout the same story
Do not use titles like Mr./Mrs. in front of names, except for Dr. and do not use middle initials
All uppercase; an abbreviation for Portable Document Format. It is a file format that allows a document to be shared among several types of computers without losing its formatting.
Example: Faculty Handbook (PDF); File requires Adobe Reader to open.
Example: Fall Semester 2009; Spring Semester 2009; exception Summer Session (not Semester)
Use single spaces after punctuation. The practice of using two spaces after punctuation was a technique used when text was written on a typewriter. Computers have made the use of two spaces unnecessary.
Use in place of the term EMPLID
Use periods between the numbers, not dashes
Use noon and midnight, not 12 noon, 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 a.m. Do not use "o'clock." Lowercase and use periods with a.m. and p.m. Use a single dash between times.
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Friday: Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Web or Web page:
uppercase W, short for World Wide Web
One word, all lowercase