Information Technology Services (ITS) maintains the Technology Style Guide to maintain consistency and avoid confusion within Lafayette College documentation.

For a more generalized College style guide, we recommend reviewing the Communications Division Editorial Style Guide. Both style guides are informed by recommendations from the Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual of Style.

Acronyms: Always spell out the acronym on first reference, with the acronym itself in parentheses. On subsequence references, you can use the acronym by itself.

  • Information Technology Services (ITS) uses lots of acronyms.

alternate email address: Do not capitalize.

  • A user’s alternate email address is used to reset her password.

anti-virus: Always hyphenate.

  • You should run no more than one anti-virus programs on your computer.

Banner Self-Service: Always capitalize the entire name of the service and hyphenate “Self-Service”

  • Log in to Banner Self-Service to print your paystub.

drop-down: Always hyphenate.

  • Select Quasimodo from the drop-down list.

double-click: Always hyphenate.

  • Firefox will open with a double-click.

eduroam: Always lowercase, even at the start of a sentence.

  • eduroam is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.

email: Always lowercase, no hyphen.

  • Your Lafayette email account is accessible on campus and from home.

e-portfolio: Always lower case.

  • An e-portfolio is a collection of electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user, usually on the Web. Such electronic evidence may include inputted text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries, and hyperlinks.

mobile

  • Zimbra connects to my mobile device seamlessly.

home page: Two words, lowercase, never hyphenated.

  • Your home page should be saved as index.html.

Help Desk: When referring to the College’s official help desk, it is uppercase on all references. Always include the contact information starting with the email address and then the full phone number.

  • Contact the Help Desk at help@lafayette.edu or (610) 330-5501.

Internet: Capitalize as a proper noun (Lafayette does not follow AP Style).

  • Access to the Internet at Lafayette is incredibly fast.

Information Technology Services: Use the full division name on first reference with ITS in parentheses, ITS on subsequent references.

  • Information Technology Services (ITS) is responsible for the College’s plethora of technological offerings.

KB, MB, and GB: Units of measurement for file sizes. Kilobytes (KB), megabytes (MB), gigabytes (GB) and terabytes (TB)

  • The files available to download are 875 KB, 2 MB, and 1.7 GB respectively.

login: One word when describing a component of the interface.

  • Enter your Lafayette NetID and password at the login window.

log in: Two words when referring to the action of logging in.

  • You may log in when prompted.

log in to: Three words, used for the act of logging in to a service.

  • You will be required to log in to Banner Self-Service.

menu bar: Two words, lowercase.

  • The menu bar is located at the top of the application.

Lafayette NetID: The “username” component of your Lafayette credentials. Use Lafayette NetID in titles, headings, and first reference in the body of the webpage. You can refer to this as “NetID” on subsequent references

  • Enter your Lafayette NetID and password when prompted.

Lafayette NetID account: Use when referencing the account, not just the username component of your Lafayette credential.

  • Your Moodle profile information includes some information drawn from your Lafayette NetID account and other information that you can edit.

Lafayette credentials: Use “Lafayette credentials” when referencing Lafayette NetID and password in generally descriptive terms. Use “Lafayette NetID and password” when used in specific help documentation.

  • Your Lafayette credentials consist of your Lafayette NetID and password.

Lafayette password: Don’t use “Lafayette NetID password”. When used in combination with “Lafayette NetID” use “Lafayette NetID and password”. Use “NetID and password” on second reference of NetID)

  • You use your Lafayette password with your NetID.

Your [name of non-NetID service] password: When referring to a service that doesn’t use the Lafayette NetID, always specify the name of that service.

  • Your Banner INB password is not your Lafayette password.

My Lafayette: On first reference, refer to it as “My Lafayette, the College portal”. On second reference, it can be referred to as “the portal” or “My Lafayette”.

  • Enter your Lafayette credentials to log in to My Lafayette, the College portal.

pop-up: Always hyphenate.

  • Type your name in the pop-up box.

right-click: Always hyphenate.

  • Hover over the picture and right-click to copy.

single sign-on: Always lowercase, with “sign-on” hyphenated. On first reference, spell out single-sign on with the acronym in parentheses. On second reference, you can use the acronym.

  • Moodle uses single sign-on (SSO).

single sign-out: Always lowercase, with “sign-out” hyphenated. Do not use “SSO” as an acronym for single sign-out.

  • You can single sign-out of most Lafayette web applications by logging out of one of these applications.

smart classroom: Always lowercase.

  • Click the touch panel to power on the smart classroom equipment.

SSO: see single sign-on.

two-step login: Always lowercase, “two-step” hyphenated. Do not use variants such as  “multi-factor authentication” or “two-factor authentication”.

  • To use two-step login on your phone, download the app.

There is one exception; you can use “two-factor authentication” when explaining what two-step login is.

  • Two-step login, also known as two-factor authentication, provides added security for web applications.

web: Per Associated Press and Lafayette College style, this is lowercase.

  • The web runs on a series of tubes.

webpage: One word, lowercase.

  • Visit my photo album webpage to see pictures from our trip to San Diego.

website: One word, lowercase.

  • Nothing is finer than a website containing kitten pictures.

Webmail: Uppercase when referring to the ITS service.

  • Most students check their email using the Webmail interface.

wiki: Lowercase when referring to a generic wiki. Title case when referring to a specific wiki.

  • Our wiki allows us to collaborate more easily.

Wi-Fi: Two words, hyphenated.

  • Lafayette has two Wi-Fi networks: LC and eduroam.

Usage in Web Applications

The following styles apply when building or customizing web applications for Lafayette College.

NetID

  • “NetID” is used instead of “Username” wherever possible in login forms.
  • If the “Username” field can’t be changed in the application, documentation should note that this is synonymous with “NetID”.

Password

  • “Password” is used in login forms.
  • If the “Password” field is named something else in the application, documentation should note that this is synonymous with “Password”.