LACC Facilities Building


LACC Editorial Manual of Style

Use this Quick Guide to create a more consistent style and formatting of website content.


  • Bold should be used for emphasis to denote important information, and highlight key phrases. Use it sparingly for best results.
  • Italics should be used for book titles and other works of art, and for foreign phrases. Do not use it for emphasis.
  • Underlines are reserved for links in content. Do not use underlines for emphasis.
  • Complicated information should be presented in bulleted lists or numbered lists whenever possible.
  • Tables should only be used when absolutely necessary as they are difficult to read on mobile devices. Do not use tables for layout purposes.
  • Use one space after punctuation, not two.
  • Use the Oxford (serial) comma as the final comma after the last item and before the word "and" in a list.
    Example: LACC offers transfer, CTE, and foundational skills programs.
  • Ampersands (&) should be used only when part of a formal name or title.
  • UPDATED: Ampersands are now used in almost all page titles.

Example: Visual & Media Arts; Health & Wellness Center.


Use Heading options to organize large amounts of text. All headings should be written in title case.

  • Heading 4

    H4 is a subheading, and divides the pages content into major sections.

  • Heading 5

    H5 is used to divide the content of an H4.

  • Heading 6

    H6 is used to divide an H5.


  • Capitalize course titles, do not put them in quotation marks.
  • Capitalize "department" or "college" only if it appears within the name of a department or as the name of the college.
    Examples: In order to contact the English Department, call the department's main line. We at Los Angeles City College are proud of our college’s reputation.
  • Capitalize the word "professor" only if it appears before the name of a person.
    Example: I saw that Professor Watkins spoke to a second professor.
  • For titles and positions, capitalize a title preceding a name if it’s a title by which the person may be called (President McAdams, Dean Chen), but leave it lowercase if it is a functional title (program director Jane Johnson). Plurals are always lowercase (music professors Smith and Vasquez).


  • Do not use the phrase "click here" as link text. Instead, place a link on descriptive wording. Use directive verbs to introduce PDFs that provide printable versions of HTML page content.
    Example: View and download the full list of LA City College Committees.
  • Do not use the full URL as the text of a link. Instead, place a link on descriptive wording (you may include the website name for clarity).
    Example: additional information available at
  • For website URLs, omit the "http://" prefix when web addresses appear in text content
    Example: is preferable to

Abbreviations, Titles, Gendered Language

  • Use singular verbs for describing faculties, teams, groups.
    Example: The faculty has voted to keep the building open.
  • If you need to refer to the individuals in a group, use "the members of" or "each member of."
    Example: Each member of the faculty has an email address.
  • Use nonsexist language whenever possible (chair, chairperson, police officer)
  • Do not use periods in degree titles PhD, BS, MBA.
  • Use FAQ as page name, and not FAQs.
  • Write out in full "To Be Announced" or "To Be Determined" instead of using "TBA" or "TBD."
  • Building names may be abbreviated according to the list below.
  • Abbreviate the word "building" as "bldg." with a period at end (do not use the word "Code").
  • Example: HAMC Room 106

Building Codes:

AD: Cesar Chavez Admin. Building
Bung: Bungalow
CC: Communications - Cinema Building
CD: Child Development Center (CDC)
CHEM: Visual & Media Arts
DH: Da Vinci Hall
EWD: Economic & Workforce Dev
FH: Franklin Hall
FSC: Faculty & Staff Center
FM: Facilities Management
HAMC: Herb Alpert Music Center
HH: Holmes Hall
JH: Jefferson Hall
KINN: Kinesiology North
KS: Kinesiology South
LIB: Martin Luther King Jr. Library
LS: Life Sciences, Learning Skills
M&O: Maintenance & Operations
RT: Radiologic Technology Building
SCI: Science & Technology Building
SSB: Student Services Building
SU: Student Union Building
THEA: Theater (TA)


  • Use "am" and "pm" (do not use p.m. or PM or P.M.), with no spacing between hour-number and abbreviation.
    Examples: 9am - 5pm
  • Use 12noon and 12midnight instead of 12am and 12pm, for clarity.
  • Do not use "th" with dates, just the month and day.
    Example: Easter is on April 13.


The following are the approved spellings of common words and phrases in official communications.

  • website (not web site)
  • email (not e-mail, Email, or EMail)
  • Wi-Fi (this is a trademarked term; always capitalize the W and the F)
  • Cooperative Education (not Co-operative)


The following terms can be confusing for students, and need to be used consistently for clarity.

  • Division refers to either Academic Affairs, Student Services, or Administrative Services.
  • Department is reserved exclusively to academic departments (The Kinesiology Department)
  • Discipline refers to a specific area of focus within a department (The Dance Studies discipline is a part of the Kinesiology Department)
  • The first page of any section should remain labelled as "Department Home."


  • Acceptable on second and subsequent references if given in parentheses after a first spelled-out use.
  • Acceptable without first spelling out if initials are widely recognized (e.g., CEO, SAT, NCAA, AIDS, HMO, NASA).
  • Use the article an before LACC, not a.
    Example an LACC professor

Style for Numbers, Symbols

  • For phone numbers, use a parentheses around the area code and a hyphen between number groups, use "ext." for "extension."
    Example: (323) 770-6655 ext. 4433
  • In running text, spell out the words percent, degrees (temperature), feet, inches, and cents. In tables, it is acceptable to use symbols for these (%, °, ', ", ¢).
  • Amounts greater than 99 cents should be in numerals with a dollar sign ($4). Do not include decimal points or following zeros in monetary values.