Follow the basic rules of transcription :
1. Spacing With Punctuation Marks
Do Not Type a Space …
- before or after a hyphen
- before or after a slash
- after the closing parenthesis if another mark of punctuation follows
- when using the word “times” as x – e.g., x3
- between words
- after the closing parenthesis
- on each side of the x in an expression of dimension, e.g. 4 x 4 type 2 spaces…
- after punctuation at the end of a sentence
- after a colon except when expressing time or a dilution ratio
- Spell out WHOLE numbers zero through nine, use numerals for 10 and above (this may change in the near future as the AAMT is trying to standardize using numerals only.
- Use numerals when numbers are directly used with symbols.
- Use numerals when expressing ages.
- 8:30 a.m. – morning
- 8:30 p.m. – evening
- noon, not 12:00 noon
- midnight, not 12:00 midnight or 12 ‘o’clock or 12:00 p.m.
Spell out all nonmetric measurements. Feet, inches, pounds, ounces, yards, grain, dram, etc.
- Use tsp for teaspoon
- Use tbsp for tablespoon
- Spell out Celsius IF degree is spelled out. 36 degrees Celsius.
- Use ft or ‘ for feet
- Use ” for inches
- Use fl oz for fluid ounce
- 0.8 centimeters squared 0.8 sq cm
- 22 milligram of mercury 22 mmHg
- Spell out a symbol when used alone (with no number).
- Use symbols when they are used with numbers
- Common Symbols
- Four to five 4-5
- Number 3 0 #3-0
- Twenty-twenty vision 20/20
- BP 120 over 80 120/80
- Grade two over six 2/6
- A positive A+
- Three point five centimeters 3.5 cm
- Point five centimeters 0.5 cm
- Abbreviations when the words they represent are capitalized
- The first word following a colon if it begins a complete sentence or is part of an outline entry
- Most abbreviations of English words
- The first letter of chemical elements
- The spelled out names of the chemical elements
- The seasons of the year
- The common names of diseases
These prefixes do not require the use of a connecting hyphen in compound terms:
- ante intra semi
- contra over trans