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If you have a question about the specifics of the Manual, or want to see it changed/amended/clarified, use the [[Wikitravel:using talk pages|talk page]] for the section in question. A list of issues currently being discussed can be found [[Wikitravel:Requests for comment|here]].
  
==Structural style==
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This section of the Manual is for rules about the structure of '''Wikitravel as a whole'''.
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* [[Wikitravel:Main Page guidelines|Main Page guidelines]] - how to add links to the [[Main Page]]
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* [[Wikitravel:What is an article?|What is an article?]] - how and when to start new articles
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* [[Wikitravel:Other ways of seeing travel|Other ways of seeing travel]] - approaching travel from different angles
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* [[Wikitravel:Geographical hierarchy|Geographical hierarchy]] - how we divide up the world
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* [[Wikitravel:Naming conventions|Article naming conventions]] - how to name an article
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* [[Wikitravel:Disambiguation pages|Disambiguation pages]] - when to make them and how to use them
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* [[Wikitravel:Bodies of water|Bodies of water]] - how lakes, rivers, seas and oceans fit into Wikitravel
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* [[Wikitravel:Categories|Categories]] - using the MediaWiki categories feature
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* [[Wikitravel:Using Mediawiki templates|Using Mediawiki templates]] - using the MediaWiki Template: transclusion feature
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* [[Wikitravel:Template index|Mediawiki template index]] - a list of available Mediawiki templates
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==Formatting style==
 
==Formatting style==

Revision as of 09:56, 15 September 2009

Our Manual of style is a collection of rules of thumb and guidelines for giving Wikitravel a consistent look and feel. Most of these rules have exceptions, but to put together a good reference work collaboratively, it's best to follow the rules unless they're quite inappropriate for a particular situation.

The Manual is broken up into different pages so that this one doesn't get overloaded with extraneous text. It makes it easier to find and update individual rules or concepts if they're on their own pages. Finally, it's easier for smarty-pantses to link to the particular rule being broken from talk pages for articles.

If all this stuff makes your head swim, and you don't want to bother with it, by all means plunge forward and just start sharing your knowledge. Other Wikitravellers will come through and bring your contributions more in line with the style guide.

If you have a question about the specifics of the Manual, or want to see it changed/amended/clarified, use the talk page for the section in question. A list of issues currently being discussed can be found here.

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Formatting style

These rules are about laying out individual articles. That is, they describe how we take raw information and put it in a format that's easily usable by travelers.

Article layout:

Formatting content:

  • Section headers - formatting guidelines for the section headers
  • Avoid HTML - avoiding HTML formatting
  • Information boxes - when, how and when not to use information boxes
  • Geocoding - adding latitude and longitude to destination articles
  • Wiki markup - How to use the special Mediawiki markup to present information

Links:

Listings:

Writing style

This set of rules describes how to write words, sentences, and paragraphs.

See also

Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

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