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cyber

Follow the general rule for prefixes and do not use a hyphen:

cyberattack
cyberbullying
cybercafe
cybersecurity

Exceptions: Cyber Monday (n.) and cyber (adj.) as a separate modifier, e.g., cyber shopping and cyber liability insurance.

See the Associated Press Stylebook for more guidelines.


internet

Lowercase "internet," except for the specific phrase "Internet of Things" (abbreviated IoT).


URLs

Uniform resource locators, or URLs, are essentially web addresses.

On websites, URLs should be embedded in text.

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In print, URLs should not be embedded in text. If a URL extends beyond one line of text, add a break at a solidus. Also, in general, you do not need to include the http:// prefix on most URLs. But test it before removing it. Shorten URLs as much as possible (e.g., remove unnecessary trailing such as /index.html) while ensuring functionality.


web terms

The following words are lowercase:

  • web
  • web page (two words)
  • webcast
  • webinar
  • webmaster
  • website.

"World Wide Web" is a proper noun and should be initial-capped.


website content

NREL follows the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Web Content Guidelines. We also use the NREL Style Guide in conjunction with these guidelines and standards. Some specific NREL style guidelines, which are different from print style, for the web include:

Abbreviations and acronyms

Ampersands

Bullets

Fiscal year

Initialisms

Lists

Photo credit

URLs.