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On the first reference, spell out the full term followed by the acronym or abbreviated version in parentheses. The spelled-out term that precedes the acronym should not be capitalized unless it is a proper noun.
Ex: cross-site scripting (XSS), Transport Layer Security (TLS)
If the term does not appear in this guide, follow the style used by a trusted source (see Appendix B).
Many entries in this guide advise whether to spell out an acronym or abbreviated term on first reference. These recommendations assume that the terms will be used in content for information security professionals. When this guide does not offer a recommendation or when terms are used in a different context, consider the following factors on whether to spell out:
If a client writes terms differently from our style, make a choice depending on the situation:
If you prefer using more progressive or less common terms, mention the older variant on your first use so that your reader can find previous documentation on that topic.
Ex: Implement it through a primary/replica model (previously known as “master/slave”).
cyber.dic is an auxiliary spellcheck dictionary that can be added to your word processor to augment its standard spellcheck list. This is a resource for anyone who regularly writes about tech and is not a fan of the red underline that plagues any highly technical document.