MLA Web Style Guide
and other punctuation
and media storage
guidelines are important because they promote a consistent look and feel across
all pages on the site. This consistency promotes user confidence in the
reliability and authority of the content.
tools are important to users who rely on screen readers to interpret content
section headings, images and links.
Capitalization and other punctuation
not end a phrase with a period if it isn’t a complete sentence.
not use an ampersand unless it is part of a proper name, or if space is a
using ALL CAPS unless there is a specific reason to do so.
title case for headings.
- · H1 is assigned to top level
page titles. Use H2 and H3 when delineating subsections of a page (these
should always be nested--do not assign H3 unless it is a subsection of an H2).
use headings to delineate sections of text. This will allow a screen
reader to identify a new section of text. It also helps support the
consistent look of the site on different browsers.
title case for headings.
to the text rather than spelling out the link. Link to enough text to give
the link adequate context. Do not include exposed links in your content,
including email addresses.
a short description of the link in the "title” field so that a screen
reader can read it.
- Bold all hyperlinks so they stand out in the text.
a description of the image in the title field so that a screen reader can
read it. It will also appear as hover text.
- All photos of people must be accompanied by a photo permission form.
guidelines on image use forthcoming]
File and media storage
the File Library to store files.
the following conventions to name file libraries: Subject [Roman
numeral] Dates or other numbers. (ex: "Board minutes I. 2010-2013”)
the Resource Manager to host other media such as images. Images must be
uploaded to the media manager before they can be added to pages.
embed video hosted by YouTube (etc.), see the YM help page on embedding
here are all proper names to be used on the site and acceptable abbreviations
Note: do not use MLA or Music Library Association in page titles or headings except when necessary for clarity.
Music Library Association, ML
International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and
Documentation Centres, IAML
Greater New York Chapter
New England Chapter
New York State-Ontario Chapter
Pacific Northwest Chapter
(note use of italics):
Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library
Music Cataloging Bulletin
Basic Manual Series
Index & Bibliography Series (use "&” consistently)
A. Ralph Papakhian Special Achievement Award
Best of Chapters Competition
Carol June Bradley Award for Historical Research in Music
Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American
Eva Judd O’Meara Award
Neil Ratliff IAML Outreach Award
Richard S. Hill Award
Vincent H. Duckles Award
Walter Gerboth Award
[please follow this convention when referring to specific
funds: Dena Epstein Award Fund (not
"Dena Epstein Fund”)]
Lenore Coral US RILM Fund
Michael Ochs Endowment Fund for Notes
Vincent Duckles Fund (supports three awards)
ARL/MLA Diversity & Inclusion Initiative (DII)
Kevin Freeman Travel Grant
Lenore F. Coral IAML Travel Grant
menus with character limits:
Judd O’Meara Award
Coral Travel Grant
Freeman Travel Grant
Best of Chapters