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Web Monetization style guide


Common nouns

  • account servicing entity
  • monetization <link> element
  • provider
  • receiver
  • payment pointer
  • wallet address

Proper nouns

  • Interledger, Interledger Protocol
  • Open Payments
  • Rafiki
  • Web Monetization



Use the US spelling of monetization, with a z rather than an s. Z is used in the URL and the spec. Plus we need to be consistent within the doc sets.

web monetize

If we follow standard US grammar rules, then web monetize and its other forms (e.g., web monetized) should probably be hyphenated.

In the past, I found that the term was used so frequently that the hyphens were visually distracting. I made a style decision to drop the hyphens. We can revisit this decision.


There are different types of sessions. Always specify which one.

  • payment session (occurs between the WM provider and WM receiver)
  • Web Monetization session (browser/page based) [aka monetization session]