Writing Style Guide
Air Force facilities are bases. Army facilities are known as posts. To refer to both, use military installations.
Local military installations:
Fort Sam Houston (Army post)
Lackland AFB (base)
Randolph AFB (base)
Battle of Flowers Parade
One event during Fiesta, a weeklong San Antonio celebration. Usually held on or near April 21.
May be used for individuals, groups or culture. African American is acceptable for an American of African descent.
Capitalize as part of the formal name:
the Teacher Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees, the University of Texas System Board of Regents
The board of trustees met to discuss the issue at last night’s meeting.
Use brackets to add explanations or corrections to quoted material (an exception to AP style):
“We can talk about theory, but [students] need to learn how to translate what they are learning in school into a real situation,” Tangum said.
Use brackets as parentheses within parentheses:
The game has been immortalized in articles and a book (Harry Walters, The Game That Went Down in History [New York: Good Sports Press, 1987]).
Formerly Brooks AFB.
Spell out the names of buildings on first reference; abbreviations may be used on second reference:
- Arts Building—ART
- Biosciences Building—BS
- Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building—BSE
- Buena Vista Street Building—BV
- Business Building—BB
- Business Services Annex—BSA
- Central Receiving and Warehouse—CRW
- Convocation Center—CC or Convo
- Engineering Building—EB
- Frio Street Building—FS
- Humanities and Social Sciences Building—HSS
- Institute of Texan Cultures—ITC
- John Peace Library Building—JPL
- Main Building—MB
- Multidisciplinary Studies Building—MS
- Monterey Building—MNT
- Physical Education Building—PE
- Physical Plant Building—PP
- Recreation and Wellness Center—RWC
- Science Building—SB
- University Center—UC
- University Heights—UH