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The Web Content Style Guide: An Essential Reference for Online Writers, Editors, and Managers by Catherine O’Dowd, Rob Norton, Gerry McGovern

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The most used and abused letter on the Internet. There is much discussion about whether to accept or reject the plethora of words that have been coined by adding e to an existing word. Whether you decide to use all or only some of these new words is a decision for your editors to make and incorporate into your style guide. We recommend that if a word is in common usage, use it; if it’s not, don’t. The world of Web language is an ever-changing one and it’s a careful balancing act to get the right mix between allowing for its changing nature and being a stickler for “traditional” language.

Likewise, whether to hyphenate words beginning with e is also a controversial (in editing circles at any rate) area. At the moment, the unhyphenated ...

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