The ONS content style guide: a guide to communicating statistics
|Publication date:||13 September 2017|
|Owner:||Office for National Statistics|
|Who this is for:||Anyone writing about statistics|
The ONS content style guide is a guide to writing about statistics that can be accessed online.
This guide is produced with help from the Government Digital Service (GDS) for anyone writing about statistics.
It covers the elements of writing about statistics. It aims to make statistical content more open and understandable, based on editorial research and best practice. In the Office for National Statistics (ONS) this style guides replaces any previous writing standards and following the ONS content style guide is mandatory.
The ONS content style guide contains guidance on:
- writing numbers — including formats for statistical and non-statistical types of numbers, dates, and measurements
- language and spelling — including abbreviations, grammar tips, and using capital letters
- using punctuation — how to correctly punctuate your work
- how to write for the web — writing and structuring digital content to be accessible, searchable, and readable
- data visualisation — guidance for creating charts and tables and best practice for using colour in your work