We published new guidance on writing articles for the ONS website. This includes information on the different types of articles and how to structure them, as well as what to include and what to avoid to maximise user engagement.
Also updated the statistical bulletin guidance to include a standard sentence in the Strengths and limitations section that links to our Uncertainty and how we measure it article. This article explains terms such as statistical significance and confidence intervals.
Added downloadable template to headline releases page
Removed PDF download because of low level of user engagement, high frequency of updates to house style and overhead of maintaining PDF. To obtain a copy of most recent version of PDF, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We updated the dates of school closures in our coronavirus guidance and made the dates clearer for when travel abroad and within the UK was banned. We also made the dates clearer for the government guidance to “avoid” and subsequently close bars, restaurants and leisure centres.
We have now published more detailed coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance. This includes guidance on how to refer to the UK pandemic, structure your content, write effective titles and summaries, and highlight quality issues for users.
Following some feedback, we updated guidance on the terms “coronavirus” and “COVID-19” in Words to watch to make the distinction between the virus and the disease clearer.
We added guidance on the terms “coronavirus” and “COVID-19” in Words to watch.
We made several updates to our guidance on writing statistical bulletins.
We updated our guidance on National Statistics information.
We added further guidance to writing statistician’s comments.
We published new guidance on diagrams.
We published new guidance on writing statistical bulletins.
We added more detail to our guidance on financial quarters in our section on dates.
We added guidance to use the GOV.UK country register for the correct British English names for countries on our language and spelling page.
We added new guidance to Words to watch, explaining that we should use the word “Brexit”, not “EU exit”.
We added a new example to our guidance on apostrophes.
We have added additional guidance on using brackets.
We have added guidance on writing sources for charts and images.
We have introduced the Hemingway Editor tool, included “recession” in the Words to watch section, updated the guidance for describing a file download and clarified the use of quotation marks for longer passages of speech.
PDF download updated to incorporate all the recent changes.
We have added more detailed guidance about writing your quality information in a statistical bulletin.
We have made some updates to the UK, Great Britain and Ireland page, including providing a link to our list of countries and regions.
We have provided a Word template for structuring a statistical bulletin.
We have added more examples to the list of acronyms that don’t need spelling out.
We have updated abbreviations to explain writing out again in full for each section. We have also added an exception to the compound modifier explanation in dashes and hyphens.
We have updated the race and ethnicity definition.
Following user testing and feedback we have re-named the “Data visualisation” category “Charts, tables and colours”. We have also rearranged the layout in this section to better meet user needs.
PDF download updated to include new data visualisation guidance
New guidance added
We are currently updating the PDF to include this new data visualisation section and it will be available soon.
New guidance added