Website Writing Guide

Punctuation

Web page addresses

Sometimes it is necessary to provide the Universal Resource Locator (URL) of a Web page.

When providing the URL, or Web address:

  • Provide the complete address – http://www.w3.org/WAI/
  • Do not allow the Web address to flow over two lines. If necessary insert a line break - use <ENTER> for a complete line break - the same as you would use to start a new paragraph, or <SHIFT><ENTER> for a soft line break where the second line is treated as a continuation of the first line.
  • Do not use any punctuation after the address – even if it appears at the end of a sentence.

For example:

  • For further information about the World Wide Web Consortium’s guidelines for accessibility see http://www.w3.org/WAI/
  • For further information about the World Wide Web Consortium’s guidelines for accessibility see http://www.w3.org/WAI/.

 

Presentation hint: If you do not want the URL to be a hyperlink, yet the software you are using automatically renders it as a hyperlink, highlight the entire hyperlink, click on the right mouse button and select Remove hyperlink.

 

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