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Last week, we discussed the change in the Associated Press Stylebook that allows a “collision” between one moving object and one stationary object. This week, we’ll talk about some other recent changes in the Stylebook.
Introducing style changes at the annual conference of ACES: The Society for Editing has become something of a tradition. In the past years, some of those changes have been momentous (in the style world, at least), such as taking the hyphen out of “e-mail” or allowing “over” to indicate quantitative relationships as well as spatial. (Full disclosure: This columnist is a member of both the ACES executive committee and its Education Fund scholarship arm.)
When stylebooks were available only in print and updated once a year, changes could be “announced” with greater fanfare. But with the electronic stylebook, entries are updated much more frequently, though the printed book itself is still just printed annually. Most of the changes we discuss here have been in effect for a few weeks or months, but may not have been noticed.
As one example, the AP announced a new chapter on surveys and polling before the ACES conference, consolidating information that had been scattered throughout the stylebook and updating some entries. One change is that, according to the lead stylebook editor, Paula Froke, some online polls where people choose to participate might be considered reliable, though they would need to be rigorously vetted.
The old entry said that these polls, called “opt-in” polls,
Read more here: https://www.cjr.org/language_corner/ap-stylebook.php