On Learning Technology

Personal journal and portfolio of Harry Kalantzis.

Manual of Style

The original idea comes from Audacious Fox’s and The Newsprint’s respective manuals of style.

Premise

This page serves as a personalised style guide for this very journal and portfolio. The aim is to bring consistency to my writing.

Rules

British English instead of US English.

Comma use.

Colons: Capitalise the first letter of a complete sentence after a colon.

Em dash: Use when a comma is too weak, but a colon, semi­colon, or pair of paren­the­ses is too strong. Spaces before and after the use of an em dash: You are the friend — the only friend — to help me.

Hyphen with all e-terms, including e-book, e-learning, except no hyphen in email.

Possessive plural: Attach a single apostrophe: The Olympus’ lens is sharp.

Title capitalization. Capitalise all verbs, nouns and pronouns, and all words of four or more letters. The following words may be left lowercase: a, and, as, at, but, by, en, for, if, in, of, on, or, the, to, v., vs., via.

Reference (A–Z)

Backup (n.).

Back up (v.).

Books. Titles go in quotes, with principle words capitalised.

Built-in.

Colour.

E-learning. Learning in an online environment.

Full-time.

Home screen.

Honour.

Learnt, instead of learned.

macOS. Apple’s desktop operating system.

Overtime (noun).

Over time (as time passes).

Past (noun, adjective).

Passed (verb; past participle).

Roundup. A collection of things.

Style guide. A tool for any writer. It helps maintaining consistency across a publication.

Weblog. One word. An online journal.

Website. One word. A collection of pages on the internet.

Well-deserved.