Could we use the ea contraction in the web address? We have gone back-and-forth as to whether it fits the rules for using the contraction or whether it should be treated as if standing alone. Those in favor of using the contraction point out words such as seashore, northeast, and speakeasy. But those are unhyphenated compound words and shoppingmadeeasy is a web address.
According to UEB 10.6.4, the ea contraction should be used when it is preceded and followed by letters. It can be used in shippingmadeeasy.com – which seems weird as you could not use it in the word easy with spaces on either side of it. But as you noted, it IS used in speakeasy… 🙂
I ask because in the EBAE Manual, FifthEdition, 2009, Section 8.2b, the contraction ea is not used “… in uneasy, anteater, or northeast because it would not be used in easy,eater, or east.” Yet, in the UEB Rules, Second Edition, 2013, the ea contraction is used in northeast.
I will share your answer with other EBAE transcribers trying to adjust to UEB. Agggg!