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This set of rules describes how to write '''words, sentences, and paragraphs'''.  
 
This set of rules describes how to write '''words, sentences, and paragraphs'''.  
  
*[[Wikitravel:Abbreviations|Abbreviations]] -- Certain abbreviation forms should be used to prevent confusion
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*[[Wikitravel:Tone|Tone]] -- the right tone for your prose
*[[Wikitravel:Avoid negative reviews|Avoid negative reviews]] -- Don't bother listing places not worth going to
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*[[Wikitravel:Spelling|Spelling]] -- what spelling rules to use for Wikitravel
*[[Wikitravel:Currency|Currency]] -- proper method of displaying currency
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*[[Wikitravel:Neutrality of medium|Neutrality of medium]] -- referring to the medium the article is in
*[[Wikitravel:Don't overlink|Don't overlink]] -- When to make links in article text
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*[[Wikitravel:First person pronouns|First person pronouns]] -- avoid using "I", "we", and their ilk
 
*[[Wikitravel:First person pronouns|First person pronouns]] -- avoid using "I", "we", and their ilk
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*[[Wikitravel:Second person pronouns|Second person pronouns]] -- using "you" and friends is ok
 
*[[Wikitravel:Foreign words|Foreign words]] -- Using non-English words and names in articles
 
*[[Wikitravel:Foreign words|Foreign words]] -- Using non-English words and names in articles
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*[[Wikitravel:Romanization|Romanization]] -- for languages that do not use the Latin alphabet
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*[[Wikitravel:Don't overlink|Don't overlink]] -- When to make links in article text
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*[[Wikitravel:Use boldface to call out important topics|Use boldface to call out important topics]] -- Using boldface for theme words
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*[[Wikitravel:Use italics for emphasis|Use italics for emphasis]] -- Putting stress on certain words and phrases
 
*[[Wikitravel:Links to Wikipedia|Links to Wikipedia]] -- How to make links to Wikipedia articles
 
*[[Wikitravel:Links to Wikipedia|Links to Wikipedia]] -- How to make links to Wikipedia articles
*[[Wikitravel:Links to Open Directory|Links to Open Directory]] -- How to make twin-pages links to Open Directory topics
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*[[Wikitravel:links to Open Directory|Links to Open Directory]] -- How to make twin-pages links to Open Directory topics
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*[[Wikitravel:Avoid negative reviews|Avoid negative reviews]] -- Don't bother listing places not worth going to
 
*[[Wikitravel:Measurements|Measurements]] -- formatting lengths, weights, temperatures, etc.
 
*[[Wikitravel:Measurements|Measurements]] -- formatting lengths, weights, temperatures, etc.
*[[Wikitravel:Neutrality of medium|Neutrality of medium]] -- referring to the medium the article is in
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*[[Wikitravel:Currency|Currency]] -- proper method of displaying currency
*[[Wikitravel:Phone numbers|Phone numbers]] -- including and formatting phone numbers
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*[[Wikitravel:Romanization|Romanization]] -- for languages that do not use the Latin alphabet
+
*[[Wikitravel:Second person pronouns|Second person pronouns]] -- using "you" and friends is ok
+
*[[Wikitravel:Spelling|Spelling]] -- what spelling rules to use for Wikitravel
+
 
*[[Wikitravel:Time and date formats|Time and date formats]]
 
*[[Wikitravel:Time and date formats|Time and date formats]]
*[[Wikitravel:Tone|Tone]] -- the right tone for your prose
+
*[[Wikitravel:Phone numbers|Phone numbers]] -- including and formatting phone numbers
 
*[[Wikitravel:Trademarks|Trademarks]] -- using trademarks
 
*[[Wikitravel:Trademarks|Trademarks]] -- using trademarks
*[[Wikitravel:Use boldface to call out important topics|Use boldface to call out important topics]] -- Using boldface for theme words
 
*[[Wikitravel:Use italics for emphasis|Use italics for emphasis]] -- Putting stress on certain words and phrases
 
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 02:50, 16 March 2006

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.

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 travelers.

Writing style

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

See also

Variants

Actions

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