Eliminate superfluous wording such as "conforming
Aluminum paint conforming to FS TT-P-38.
8.15 CAPITALIZATION, SPELLING, COMPOUND WORDS, PUNCTUATION: Unless directed
otherwise in this military handbook, adhere to the guidelines in the latest
edition of the United States Government Printing Office Style Manual
regarding capitalization, spelling, compound words, punctuation,
abbreviations, and numerals.
8.15.1 Commonly Confused Spellings: There are instances where reference
standards vary. For consistency, use the following:
a. Specify "gage", not "gauge", except when referencing a document
where "gauge" is used.
Specify "caulk", not "calk."
Specify "fascia", not "facia."
8.15.2 Hyphenated Compounds: Where two or more hyphenated compounds have a
common, basic element and this element is omitted in all but the last term,
the hyphens are retained. For example:
"4- by 8-inch plate." (Note the
space after "4- .")
8.16 UNDERLINING AND CAPITALIZING FOR EMPHASIS: Do not underline or
capitalize for emphasis. All requirements are of equal importance in
obtaining the desired product or service.
8.17 CAPITALIZATION OF CERTAIN TERMS: Capitalize "Contractor", "Contracting
Officer", "Government", and classification terms, e.g., "Type", "Grade", and
Do not use footnotes.
8.19 EXPONENTS, SUBSCRIPTS, AND SUPERSCRIPTS: Avoid the use of exponents,
subscripts, or superscripts. Spell out the approximate word of term.
8.20 NUMBERS: Spell out numbers under 10, but use figures for numbers 10 to
999,999. For numbers however, units of time, money, and measurement are
always expressed in figures, except for "one" and "zero", which are always
spelled out when used singly. Do not repeat a spelled-out number with a
figure in parentheses, e.g., "nine (9)."
DECIMALS AND FRACTIONS:
a. Use either fractions or decimals but not both. Generally, use
decimals in a guide specification where engineering precision is implied.
Use fraction in a guide specification where approximations to reasonable
tolerances are implied.
Fractions serving as adjectives shall be expressed in the following
"1 1/2-inch"; not "1 1/2 inch" or "1-1/2-inch."
Fractions expressed as nouns shall be expressed in the following
"1 1/2 inches"; not "1-1/2 inches" or "1-1/2-inches."