Language and Vocabulary

Please follow the following guidelines for your writing:

  • The language of the Handbook is American English.

  • Please use gender-neutral English whenever possible. Refer to people as "they" and "them" instead of "he," "she," "him" or "her."

  • Write short sentences.

  • Introduce enumerated lists (like this one) with a little bit of context (as in the previous paragraph).

  • Beware of common grammar mistakes in written English.

  • Use a spell checker before committing your changes.

We have an in-progress Style Manual that you can reference, along with our Voice and Tone guidelines.