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Use lowercase and use italic formatting when using as a variable or placeholder.

For more information, see Placeholders.

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Abbreviation for not available or not applicable. Spell out on first reference.

Not NA, N-A, or na.

For more information about spelling out abbreviations, see Abbreviations.

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name server

Two words. Not nameserver or name-server.

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One word. Not name space or name-space.

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Avoid using. Instead, use a more accurate term such as coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. or built-in whenever possible.

For more information, see Replacing established terms.

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Avoid using to describe going from one place to other on the internet or other networks. Instead, use browse.

To describe going directly to a website or webpage, whether by entering a URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org or selecting a link, use go to.

Avoid using navigate for interacting with UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. elements.

For more information, see Interaction verbs.

See also go to.

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Use need to refer to a requirement or obligation. Don’t use desire or wish as a synonym for need.

Use want when the user has a choice of actions or when they are optional.

See also want.

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Write neither A nor B, not neither A or B.

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Don’t abbreviate to net. Don’t use network as a verb to refer to the action of connecting a computer to a network.

Computers are on, not in, a network; and computers on a network are linked or connected, not networked.

For more information about spelling out abbreviations, see Abbreviations.

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In most cases, avoid describing a product or feature as new as it is likely to become out of date. Instead, state the version of software in which the feature or product was introduced.

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Don’t use as a synonym for later to refer to subsequent versions of a product or software. Instead, use later.

See also earlier, later.

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Acronym for engine X. Use uppercase.

For more information about spelling out abbreviations, see Abbreviations.

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In general, don’t hyphenate words beginning with non- such as nonstandard, noncompliant, and nonrestrictive, unless non- is followed by a proper noun or it is absolutely necessary to avoid confusion.

Don’t use non- to negate an entire phrase.


Not recommended: non-numbered steps or instructions

Recommended: steps or instructions that are not numbered

For more information, see Hyphens.

For word usage of specific terms, see The American Heritage Dictionary.

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nonprintable, nonprinting

Use nonprintable to refer to an area of a page that can’t be printed on. Use nonprinting to refer to characters and other data that can’t or won’t be printed.

Don’t use unprintable.

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normal, normally

Don’t use normal to as a synonym for usual, typical, common, or a similar term. Don’t use normally as a synonym for usually, typically, commonly, often, generally, or a similar term.

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Use instead of notice to describe information displayed to a user such as errors, updates, or other communications. Don’t use pop-up, toast, or banner.

For more information about notice types in WordPress, see Notices.

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OK to abbreviate as no. in UI, tables, or headings where space is limited. It’s acceptable to abbreviate number as no., but consider a global audience; as many languages don’t abbreviate number as no. which may cause confusion.

For more information about formatting numbers, see Numbers.

For more information about spelling out abbreviations, see Abbreviations.

See also # (number sign).

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Use lowercase null to refer to a null value. Whenever possible, use null value to avoid confusion with the constant.

Use uppercase NULL or capitalized Null only to refer to the constant.

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Use instead of numerical.

For the keypad, use numeric keypad. Don’t use numerical keypad or numeric keyboard.

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