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a.m.
a while
not "awhile"
adapter
not "adaptor"
Apple Computer, Inc.
Apple-1
Apple II
Apple II Plus
not "Apple II+"
Apple IIc
Apple IIe
Apple IIGS
Capitalized 'GS' is changed in font size during layout
Apple III
Not "Apple ///"
Applesoft
AppleWin
AppleWorks
axe
Not "ax"

backup
As a noun, one word; as a verb, two words
BASIC
all caps for being an acronym (Beginner's All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code)
BBS: The Documentary
Not The BBS Documentary
BBSs
Plural, not "BBSes"
books
Titles are italicized
Brøderbund
Byte Works
not "ByteWorks"

Closed-Apple
See "Solid-Apple"
Copy II Plus
not "Copy ][ Plus"

data
Noun, plural of "datum"
dates
Spell out months; do not use cardinals. ie, "September 5, 2009" not "Sep 9th, 2009". Avoid shorthands such as 07/20/10 or 20-Jul-10.

decades
Either 1980s or eighties (uncapitalized), not 1980's, '80s, or Eighties

e-book
hyphenated
email
No hyphen
enhanced
Enhanced Apple IIe
emdash
No space on either side

filetypes
One word

gameplay
One word, not two
Get Lamp
Not GET LAMP
GitHub
Not Github
gray
Not "grey" (except as in the dog or bus, Greyhound)

hi-res
homepage
One word
HyperCard IIGS
"HyperCard" on successive mentions

inbuilt
Not "built-in"
installment
Not "instalment"
Internet
Capitalized

JavaScript
Not "Javascript"
kidnapped
Not "kidnaped"
KansasFest
Not "KFest" — except when referring to attendees as "KFesters"

labeled
One 'l' is the preferred American spelling
lo-res
per Apple's support document

Logo
Not LOGO
Lukacz, Alex
Not "Lukazi", no matter what his website would have you believe

Mac OS Classic
Mac OS X
Up to 10.11 (El Capitan)
macOS
Starting with 10.12 (Sierra)
magazines
Titles are italicized (includes Juiced.GS)
memos
Plural, not "memoes"
MHz
Not "Mhz
minuscule
Not "miniscule"
movies
Titles are italicized
myriad
Used as an adjective, not a noun

numerals
From AP vs. Chicago:

  • Spell out whole numbers up to (and including) nine (e.g., zero, one, 10, 96, 104).
  • Spell out casual expressions: A picture is worth a thousand words, but a really good one is worth a thousand dollars.

Also spell out numbers to avoid two adjacent numerals—eg, "eleven 250-megabyte hard drives".

online
No hyphen
Open Apple
Capitalized, italicized, and not hyphenated when referring to podcast
Open-Apple
Capitalized & hyphenated when referring to key

p.m.
platinum
Platinum Apple IIe
podcasts
Titles are italicized
ProSel
not "ProSEL"

quotation marks
Put punctuation marks outside it, unless it is part of the quotation

regardless
Not "irregardless"
Replica 1
Vince Briel's Apple-1 clone (changed from Replica I for the Dec 2013 issue)
ROM 01
ROM 3
Not "ROM 03"

schtick
screencast
screenshot
serial comma
Goes before the last item in a list
shorthand
Solid-Apple
Capitalized & hyphenated
software
Titles are not italicized, underlined, or otherwise emphasized
standalone

Toolbox

As defined by the Apple IIGS Toolbox manuals
Tool Set

As defined by the Apple IIGS Toolbox manuals
toward
Not "towards"
TransWarp
traveling
One 'l' is the preferred American spelling

Unix
Usenet
Uthernet

Virtual II
Not "Virtual ]["

Web
Short for the World Wide Web
website
webmaster
Wi-Fi
worshipped
Not "worshiped"

X/Y/ZMODEM
XMODEM

YMODEM

ZMODEM


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