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To avoid confusion and guarantee cross-language interoperation, follow these rules regarding the use of abbreviations:
  • Do not use abbreviations or contractions as parts of identifier names. For example, use GetWindow instead of GetWin.
  • Do not use acronyms that are not generally accepted in the computing field.
  • Where appropriate, use well-known acronyms to replace lengthy phrase names. For example, use UI for User Interface and OLAP for On-line Analytical Processing.
  • When using acronyms, use Pascal case or camel case for acronyms more than two characters long. For example, use HtmlButton or htmlButton. However, you should capitalize acronyms that consist of only two characters, such as System.IO instead of System.Io.
  • Do not use abbreviations in identifiers or parameter names. If you must use abbreviations, use camel case for abbreviations that consist of more than two characters, even if this contradicts the standard abbreviation of the word.

Last edited Jul 15, 2010 at 1:51 PM by camalot, version 1