The world of technology is constantly developing making it difficult at times to keep up with its many related terms and phrases. We though we’d give you a leg up with a little help from the Associated Press Stylebook. We’ll be sure to update this list as new developments emerge.
Frequently Used E-terms
- dial up (verb)
- dial-up (adjective) account
- email (no hyphen)
- Internet (cap “I”)
- log in (verb) e.g., Before you log in, be sure to have you account in order
- login (noun) e.g., You may now begin the login process.
- log out (verb) e.g., You may now log out of the system.
- logout (noun) e.g., The logout procedure has begun.
- multimedia (one word, no hyphen)
- Net (cap “N,” no apostrophe)
- offline (one word, no hyphen) i.e., Offline is state of being.
- online (one word, no hyphen) i.e., Online is a state of being.
- Web (cap “W”, unless used as an adjective. e.g., web development tools.
- website (one word, lowercase “w”)
Although references to the Web itself use a cap W, these Web-based words use a lower case w.
- webcast: A live broadcast on the Web.
- webmaster: The creator of a site.
- webzine: A magazine published on the Internet.
- Bcc: blind carbon copy
- cc: carbon copy (BCC – blind carbon copy)
- CD: compact disc (plural CDs)
- dpi: dots per inch (usually lower case, never spelled out)
- EPS: Encapsulated PostScript
- FAQ: frequently asked question
- FPS: frames per second
- FTP: file transfer protocol
- GIF graphic interchange format
- GUI graphical user interface (plural GUIs)
- HTML hypertext markup language
- IP Internet protocol
- ISP Internet service provider
- JPEG: Joint Photographic Experts Group
- LAN: local area network
- OOP: object-oriented programming
- PNG: Portable Network Graphics
- RAM random access memory
- ROM read-only memory
- RSI repetitive strain injury
- TCP/IP transmission control protocol/Internet protocol
- TIFF tagged image file format
- WAN wide area network