HCDE Style Sheet
This sheet was developed for the Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) website; it supplements the Chicago Manual of Style, which is HCDE's preferred style guide. It has been used in HCDE print publications as well.
Please contact the Communications Manager if you have questions, comments, or updates about this information.
A full sentence should precede bulleted lists (like so):
- No final punctuation at the end of one-sentence list items
Write out the month, use an n-dash between ranges and do not use ordinal numbers.
- Correct: June 8–12, 2009, in Portland, OR. (comma after 2009)
- Incorrect: June 8th-12th, 2009 in Portland, OR.
Always include an image alt tag on the web. It is not necessary to label "artistic" images, but images from events should always include a label or caption.
Below are some general guidelines regarding the use of punctuation for the HCDE website and print publications.
- Quotation Marks: Punctuation should go inside of single or double quotation marks, with the exception of semicolons and colons. Question marks, exclamation marks, and m-dashes may go inside or outside of single or double quotation marks.
- The following abbreviations should always be followed by a comma:
- Correct: e.g., and i.e.,
- Incorrect: e.g. and i.e.
- Periods: Only use 1 space after periods.
- Commas: Always use serial (or Oxford) commas
- Correct: faculty, students, and staff
- Incorrect: faculty, students and staff
- Write a full sentence preceding a colon (not always necessary)
The following general style guidelines should be used when creating content for the HCDE website or for print publications.
- Do not use contractions
- Write out acronyms the first time that they appear on a page
- Use active voice
- You may refer to the department in the first person (we OR our), but only after the department name has been given.
- For example: HCDE offers courses for credit from 100-introductory level to 800-doctoral level. Courses are offered through our many degree-granting and certificate-granting programs. We invite students to explore and apply to these programs, or investigate taking one course at a time depending on their needs, interests, and resources.
- Avoid tense shifts in the same paragraph.
- Avoid empty subjects, such as "These are the department's planned offerings...."
advisor (not adviser)
Bachelor of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering (BS in HCDE)
The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE)
faculty undergraduate advisor
Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE)
Human Computer Interaction (no hyphen, title only)
listserv (not list serve)
PhD (not Ph.D. or Ph.D)
Technical Communication (TC)