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1 Formatting
Professionally and consistently formatted documents are easier to read and understand. We use particular formats to distinguish special-purpose text from general text. The key to good formatting is to be consistent. Do not ornament text with colour, fonts, font styles, capitals, or lines unless there is a reason to do so. Over-use of ornamentation makes the document difficult to read.
Topics in this section describe how to format text appropriately for different situations and purposes.
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Abbreviations, initialisms, and acronyms
Art, captions, and call-outs
Bibliographies and citations
Capitalization
Computer program elements
Company names
Coordinates
Copyright notice
Credits and permissions
Currency
Cross-references
Defined terms
Equations
File names, file name extensions, and URLs
Footnotes
Lists
Measurements
Numbers
Ornamentation
Post-nominals
Quotations
Special characters
Symbols
Tables
Telephone numbers
Terms of government
Time
Job titles and professional qualifications
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