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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.
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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 [[Wikitravel:using talk pages|talk pages]] for articles.
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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 [[Wikitravel:using discussion pages|discussion pages]] for articles.
  
 
If all this stuff makes your head swim, and you don't want to bother with it, by all means [[Wikitravel:plunge forward|plunge forward]] and just start sharing your knowledge. Other [[Wikitravel:Wikitravellers|Wikitravellers]] will come through and bring your contributions more in line with the style guide.
 
If all this stuff makes your head swim, and you don't want to bother with it, by all means [[Wikitravel:plunge forward|plunge forward]] and just start sharing your knowledge. Other [[Wikitravel:Wikitravellers|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 [[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]].
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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 discussion pages|discussion page]] for the section in question. A list of issues currently being discussed can be found [[Wikitravel:Requests for comment|here]].
  
 
==Structural style==
 
==Structural style==
  
This section of the Manual is for rules about the structure of '''Wikitravel as a whole'''.
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This section of the manual is for rules about the structure of '''Wikitravel as a whole'''.
  
 
* [[Wikitravel:Main Page guidelines|Main Page guidelines]] – how to add links to the [[Main Page]]
 
* [[Wikitravel:Main Page guidelines|Main Page guidelines]] – how to add links to the [[Main Page]]
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==Formatting style==
 
==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.
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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 travellers.
  
'''Article layout''':
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===Article layout===
 
* [[Wikitravel:Article templates|Article templates]] – consistent articles.  Standard sections and formatting.
 
* [[Wikitravel:Article templates|Article templates]] – consistent articles.  Standard sections and formatting.
 
* [[Wikitravel:Where you can stick it|Where you can stick it]] – finding a place to share your knowledge
 
* [[Wikitravel:Where you can stick it|Where you can stick it]] – finding a place to share your knowledge
 
* [[Wikitravel:Information for gay and lesbian travellers|Information for gay and lesbian travellers]] – where to put GLBT info in a destination article
 
* [[Wikitravel:Information for gay and lesbian travellers|Information for gay and lesbian travellers]] – where to put GLBT info in a destination article
  
'''Formatting content''':
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===Formatting content===
 
* [[Wikitravel:Section headers|Section headers]] – formatting guidelines for the section headers
 
* [[Wikitravel:Section headers|Section headers]] – formatting guidelines for the section headers
 
* [[Wikitravel:Avoid HTML|Avoid HTML]] – avoiding HTML formatting
 
* [[Wikitravel:Avoid HTML|Avoid HTML]] – avoiding HTML formatting
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* [[Wikitravel:Wiki markup|Wiki markup]] – How to use the special Mediawiki markup to present information
 
* [[Wikitravel:Wiki markup|Wiki markup]] – How to use the special Mediawiki markup to present information
  
'''Links''':
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===Links===
 
* [[Wikitravel:Internal links|Internal links]] – linking to other articles in Wikitravel
 
* [[Wikitravel:Internal links|Internal links]] – linking to other articles in Wikitravel
 
* [[Wikitravel:External links|External links]] – how and when to link to other Web sites
 
* [[Wikitravel:External links|External links]] – how and when to link to other Web sites
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* [[Wikitravel:links to Open Directory|Links to Open Directory]] – how to make twin-pages links to Open Directory topics
 
* [[Wikitravel:links to Open Directory|Links to Open Directory]] – how to make twin-pages links to Open Directory topics
  
'''Listings''':
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===[[Wikitravel:Listings|Listings]]===
 
* [[Wikitravel:Accommodation listings|Accommodation listings]] – for the '''Sleep''' section of articles
 
* [[Wikitravel:Accommodation listings|Accommodation listings]] – for the '''Sleep''' section of articles
 
* [[Wikitravel:Activity listings|Activity listings]] – things to '''Do'''
 
* [[Wikitravel:Activity listings|Activity listings]] – things to '''Do'''
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* [[Wikitravel:Community policies|Community policies]] – for Wikitravel's collaboration policies
 
* [[Wikitravel:Community policies|Community policies]] – for Wikitravel's collaboration policies
 
* [[Wikitravel:Namespace index]] – all the "meta" articles in the Wikitravel: namespace
 
* [[Wikitravel:Namespace index]] – all the "meta" articles in the Wikitravel: namespace
* [[Wikitravel:Using talk pages|Using talk pages]]
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* [[Wikitravel:Using discussion pages|Using discussion pages]]
 
* [[Wikitravel:Manual of style for the US]]
 
* [[Wikitravel:Manual of style for the US]]
  

Revision as of 03:19, 2 March 2013

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 discussion 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 discussion page for the section in question. A list of issues currently being discussed can be found here.

Contents

Structural style

This section of the manual is for rules about the structure of Wikitravel as a whole.

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 travellers.

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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