Posted by: episystechpubs | April 8, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Slashes and Lacrosse

The Chicago Manual of Style just sent out their monthly Q&A. Here are my two favorite entries from April:

Q. Good day! I am currently revising our stylebook based on The Chicago Manual of Style. I would like to ask if you have a strict standard on slashes, whether I should put a space after the slash before typing/writing the next element, or is it all right if there is none?

A. If the slash divides two words, there is no space.

[KC – This is one of my pet peeves. Don’t put a space before and after a slash. These aren’t lines of poetry we’re writing—we’re writing technical documentation and business
communication.

Correct: widgets/gobstoppers
Incorrect: widgets / gobstoppers]

Q. How to get better at shooting in lacrosse?

A. Spend more time practicing and less time annoying grown-ups online.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

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Symitar Documentation Services

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