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Explain Acronyms Carefully on Your Web Pages

Acronyms must be used with care. Remember, your reader may not be familiar with the acronym used; they may have stumbled onto your page through a web search, and have no idea what Unitarian Universalism is.

How to use acronyms: The first instance of an acronym on each page needs to be written in full with the acronym following it in parentheses. Subsequent appearances of the acronym on the same page do not need to be explained.

  • Don't write: "The UUA promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person. The UUA also..."
     
  • Do write: "The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person. The UUA also ..."

Refer to the Glossary of Unitarian Universalist Terms and Acronyms.

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Last updated on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

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