AP’s online style updates a real asset

By · Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Style brings order out of chaos. That’s why The Associated Press Stylebook is the go-to source in the journalism profession and why so many organizations adhere to its style guidelines.

Big style news yesterday: The AP changed its style from “Web site” to “website.”

We first heard the news on Twitter. We were following Tweets from sessions at the annual conference of ACES, the American Copy Editors Society. The AP made its announcement there.

Soon after, we received the news personally — as subscribers to the AP Stylebook Online. Below is what it looks like when the AP sends electronic updates:

Editor’s Note: A separate entry on website has been added to note a style change from Web site.
A location on the World Wide Web that maintains one or more pages at a specific address. Also, webcam, webcast and webmaster. But as a short form and in terms with separate words, the Web, Web page and Web feed. See Web.
Access your AP Stylebook Online account any time, anywhere by visiting https://www.apstylebook.com

We believe there’s nothing like flipping through a hard copy of the AP Stylebook, and there’s nothing better than receiving electronic updates in real time. A perfect partnership of print and online.

And for organizations that might not want to adopt “website” (or perhaps never used “Web site”), they can create and follow their own “local” style. As a working journalist — no matter where or in what job — you have to ask about, learn and follow local style, too.

Now might be a good time to consider subscribing to the AP Stylebook Online. Then you, too, will know the feeling of personal attention to style.

Emilie Davis


By Chloe O'Connor on April 17th, 2010 at 9:21 AM

I’ve been using the online stylebook this semester at my copy editing job at The Post-Standard. It’s incredibly helpful, especially since the most up-to-date book in the office is from 2007.

I’ll be asking my editor on Monday whether I should edit instances of “Web site” to “website.”

It’s about time they change it to website. I never understood why the W was capped.