styling URLs, site names, hyperlinks, menus
In printed materials
URLs should be set in boldface in text to help them stand out visually, such as:
For more information, see www.psu.edu or call 814-865-4700.
There is a growing trend toward dropping the “www” in URL references, both because it is assumed to be part of the prefix and because most browsers automatically include it. In general, we recommend following this trend. However, there may be exceptions in cases where the URL will not work if the “www” is not inserted as part of the address. Use your best judgment and treat each case as practical considerations demand. Test URLs to be sure.
—Names of websites should be capped as appropriate and set in roman type.
See Penn State News for details of the event.
The football schedule is posted at GoPSUsports.
—URLs should be in boldface/ names of hyperlinks and buttons should be italicized.
For more information, visit www.psu.edu/admissions and click Contact Us.
Click Log In under the My Admissions heading.
Go to bulletins.psu.edu/undergrad and click on the Intercollege Programs button.
See www.psu.edu, click on Campuses and Colleges and then on the name of the college you want to explore.
—Names of drop-down menus should be set in quote marks.
From the “Degrees and Minors” menu, select the specific program in which you are interested.
In online materials
Use live links whenever possible if you are comfortable with sending users off your website. If possible, make the link open in a new window or tab so that the user will stay on the original page and have access to the linked page. Use current best practices as a guide for displaying hyperlinks in your content.
Below is a list of commonly used computer and Internet terms, acronyms, and software programs. For definitions and expanded information on the terms listed here, consult a computer/Internet dictionary or style guide. We recommend The Elements of Internet Style, published by EEI Press.
- Adobe Dreamweaver
- Adobe Fireworks
- Adobe Flash
- Adobe Freehand
- Adobe GoLive
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe ImageReady
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Photoshop
- ASCII (pronounced As-kee)
- bit map (or bit-mapped)
- blog (web log)
- CAD (computer-aided design)
- CADD (computer-aided design and drafting)
- chat room
- computer-assisted instruction (CAI)
- e-business, e-commerce, e-learning (generic usage); Penn State’s eBusiness Research Center; eLion
- Email or email
- Flash Player
- ftp or FTP (file transfer protocol; capped when referring to a specific set of rules that comprise an ftp)
- GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
- Google Chat (online conversation using cameras for visuals)
- Graphical User Interface (GUI)
- home page
- HTML (HyperText Markup Language)
- HTTP (HyperText Transport Protocol)
- information superhighway
- Internet/internet (lowercase when used informally to refer to a group of LANs connected by means of a common communications protocol); intranet
- Internet Explorer
- JPG or JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group)
- LAN (local area network)
- laptop computer
- log on
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- MINITAB (the software program; but the company name is Minitab, Inc.)
- NCSA Mosaic
- offline, online (solid as both adjective and adverb)
- page break
- pop-up menu, pull-down menu
- reboot, reformat
- screen saver (two words)
- Shockwave Player
- startup disk, startup screen
- Sun SPARCstation
- Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
- user ID (two words)
- website; webcast
- World Wide Web; the web