RN online style, main points

1. Sentence-case headings:  Only first word capped in headings, as opposed to title-case where each word is capped. No italics in headings, use a colon to separate headings and sub-headings or clauses within your heading (no hyphens used as dashes, please) and no full stop at the end.

2. No ampersands (&) unless part of a company name or trademark (Standard & Poor's). For general use always spell out 'and'.

3. No hyphens used as dashes: A hyphen (-) should not be used instead of an em dash (—). If a proper em dash is not available to you, please type a double hyphen with a space either side -- like this -- in body copy. No dashes in headings, use a colon instead.

4. No ALL-CAPS in text body unless you want to appear to be shouting. Use italics for emphasis.

5. Minimal capitalisation in text body: We limit initial caps (apart from those marking the beginning of a sentence) to proper nouns—that is, nouns naming a particular person or thing. So we'd write 'Mark Scott, the ABC's managing director…' or 'John Smith, adjunct professor at ANU…' No caps for 'premier', 'prime minister', 'president', 'executive producer', 'artistic director', 'curator', and so on, because these are all common nouns. When used as a form of address, a common noun becomes a title and is capped: President Obama, Queen Elizabeth, Pope Benedict, Governor Bartlett; but 'Australia's prime minister, Kevin Rudd, is visiting China…' or collectively, 'Previous popes have held similar views…' are all lower case.

6. Abbreviations, acronyms: No full stops after or between abbreviations and acronyms. No full stops after or between initials in people's names. Dr, Mr, WA, NSW, US, etc, eg, km, and so on. And it's TS Eliot, kd lang, George W Bush.

7. Italics
According to established publishing convention, we use italics for titles of:

  • books and periodicals (newspapers, magazines etc)
  • plays and long poems
  • operas, ballets, musicals, most types of musical composition including music theatre
  • films, videos, and television and radio programs
  • works of art including paintings, drawings, sculptures, conceptual and performance art
  • names of ships, aircraft, trains and spaceships
  • foreign words and phrases (except for adopted words like 'cafe')

8. When NOT to use italics or inverted commas

  • band names
  • organisation names
  • festival names

9. Quotations, speech: Our house style is for single inverted commas for everything except quotes within quotes, which take double inverted commas. For example: He said, 'My father always told me, "Come out fighting," and I've never forgotten it.'

10. Numbers and dates: In body copy spell out numbers from one to ten, then use numerals. Spell out all numbers if they begin a sentence (Forty-eight people were injured...) In headings, though, numerals are fine for everything. For thousands and millions upwards: 3,000, 500,000, 2 million, 8 billion... abbreviate in headings to 2b, 8m with discretion. Date format: 9 November 2005.