RCoA Style Guide: H

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Headings

  • headings (and subheadings) should be short and describe the material that follows
  • use the branding templates on RoCI
  • avoid abbreviations in headings
  • write headings in sentence case
  • only capitalise proper nouns

Healthcare
One word.

Hyperlinks
Remove hyperlinks for documents you intend to be printed and read. This is because they will show up as underlining, and can sometimes hide certain characters, especially the underscore, which is commonly used in website addresses.

Explain links to other web pages, sites or downloads so they stand out to users scanning pages. ‘Click here’ won’t mean anything to someone reading quickly, whereas descriptive link text stands out. ‘Book tickets for Anaesthesia 2018 here’ works better than ‘If you want to book tickets click here’.

Hyphens
Should be used sparingly and usually to avoid ambiguity eg was the father to be stabbed to death in the bar? Was the father-to-be stabbed to death in the bar?

If in doubt check a modern dictionary for guidance.

A few guidelines:

  • sometimes a hyphen is needed when the last letter of a prefix and the first letter of the second word are the same. There are exceptions, eg coordinate, cooperate, unnecessary, misspell. If in doubt, consult a dictionary.
  • if the hyphen appears in a title, the first letter of the adjoining word is not capitalised: 'Long-term Benefits'.

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 

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Abbreviations and acronyms

Glossary