Acronyms: Should you put them in bold?

Acronyms

By Mary Morel

 Reader’s question: Is it appropriate to put the first mention of abbreviations and appendices in bold. For example:

Widgets Pty Ltd (Widgets) is a leader in this field as shown in Appendix A.

Answer: This is a style issue so it’s your choice, but I don’t think bold is necessary. I also wouldn’t put Appendix A in bold.

Bold is useful to emphasise key words, but its overuse can be distracting.

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