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Browse the editorial styleguide A–Z

p.m., a.m.
see times
page numbers
Use numerals for all page numbers (even 1), no matter where they appear.
Parents Program
not plural possessive
Parents’ Campaign
initial caps
Parents’ Day
usually used in reference to the football-game day when parents of players visit Camp Randall and are honored at halftime; not affiliated with the Parents Program’s Family Weekend
Parents’ Fund
initial caps
part time (adverb), part-time (adjective)
open when used as an adverb; hyphenated when used as an adjective
pass/fail
lowercase
PEOPLE
all caps; stands for Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence; adding program after PEOPLE is redundant
people’s titles
see titles of people
percentages
use numerals and spell out the word percent: 1 percent, 3 percent, 89 percent; do not hyphenate the numeral and percent when they function as a compound adjective: 4 percent jump; the symbol % is acceptable in lists, tables, and charts, but not in running text except in scientific, mathematical, and highly technical contexts; see also CMS 9.18
photo captions
see captions
photo credits
use something like this, with colons and semicolons: Front cover (3): John Brown; inside right: Larry Holmes; inside left (2): Jeff Miller; back cover, top: Paula Abdul; back cover (left center, right center, bottom): Harry Reasoner
policy-making
noun and adjective; see policymaker
policymaker
one word
political affiliations/parties
Put D, R, or I (for Independent) in parentheses, followed by a hyphen, followed by the two-letter state code in national references or the city name in state references: John Smith (D-WI), Matt Johnson (R-MA), Jack Johnson (I-Wauwatosa); see also CMS 8.65
Posse
not an acronym; use an initial cap (but not all caps) in references to the Posse Foundation
PowerPoint
one word
pre and post
Most compound words using these prefixes do not take a hyphen: postdoctoral, postsecondary, preprofessional, preenrollment, but post mortem. (also see prefixes)
prefixes
many words are moving from open to hyphenated to closed, so consult the dictionary
pregame
do not hyphenate
presale
do not hyphenate
President
UW System President Jane Doe; president of the UW System; the president (even when referring to the president of the United States)
president-elect
prizes
see awards, prizes
problem solving (noun), problem-solving (adjective)
open when used as a noun; hyphenated when used as an adjective.
ProQuest Research Library
uppercase Q in ProQuest
provost
Provost John Doe; the provost; the provost's office; Office of the Provost.
pull quotes
Put quotation marks around material if it is a quotation within the article; do not use quotation marks if the material is merely pulled text; do not use brackets for inserted material because they create clutter.
punctuation
Use the Chicago Manual of Style for nonnews material; use the Associated Press Stylebook for news releases and Inside UW–Madison.
Pyle Center, the
lowercase the in running text; in stacked information (e.g., in invitations), use just Pyle Center (not The Pyle Center)