RCoA Style Guide: B

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B

 

Bi-
Biannual, bimonthly and biweekly are all ambiguous terms worth avoiding. They can mean twice in the time period or once in each time period.

Unambiguous terms, eg twice a week, fortnightly, monthly, twice a year are preferred.

Board
Always lower case unless part of a full or proper title eg Welsh Board, Scottish Board.

Bullet points
Bullet points are used to make text easier to read or to present lists or statements. As most people keep between five to seven items in their short-term memory at one time, this should guide how many items you put in an unordered bulleted list.

Where the list consists of words that relate to the opening statement all initial letters should be lower case. For example:

The agenda for this afternoon’s meeting is as follows:

  • welcome and introductions
  • discussion
  • any other business.

Ensure that:

  • the bullets make sense running on from the lead-in line
  • you don’t use more than one sentence per bullet point
  • you don’t include ‘or’ or ‘and’ directly after the bullets
  • you don’t put a semicolon at the end of a bullet
  • a full stop follows the final bullet point.

Try to keep statements within a bullet point to about 12 words or less. If you are struggling with this, perhaps the information would be better presented as stand-alone paragraphs.

Unambiguous terms, eg twice a week, fortnightly, monthly, twice a year are preferred.

Board
Always lower case unless part of a full or proper title eg Welsh Board, Scottish Board.

Bullet points
Bullet points are used to make text easier to read or to present lists or statements. As most people keep between five to seven items in their short-term memory at one time, this should guide how many items you put in an unordered bulleted list.

Where the list consists of words that relate to the opening statement all initial letters should be lower case. For example:

The agenda for this afternoon’s meeting is as follows:

  • welcome and introductions
  • discussion
  • any other business.

Ensure that:

  • the bullets make sense running on from the lead-in line
  • you don’t use more than one sentence per bullet point - use commas or dashes to expand on an item
  • you don’t include ‘or’ or ‘and’ directly after the bullets
  • you don’t put a semicolon at the end of a bullet
  • a full stop follows the final bullet point.

Try to keep your statements short; about 12 words or less. If you are struggling with this, perhaps the information would be better presented as stand-alone paragraphs.


Intro | A B C D E F G H I J, K, L M N, O P Q, R S T U V, W, X, Y, Z 

Quick reference guide

Abbreviations and acronyms

Glossary