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This section of the Manual is for rules about the structure of '''Wikitravel as a whole'''.
 
This section of the Manual is for rules about the structure of '''Wikitravel as a whole'''.
  
*[[Wikitravel:What is an article?|What is an article?]] - how and when to start new articles
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* [[Wikitravel:What is an article?|What is an article?]] - how and when to start new articles
*[[Wikitravel:Other ways of seeing travel|Other ways of seeing travel]] -- approaching travel from different angles
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* [[Wikitravel:Other ways of seeing travel|Other ways of seeing travel]] - approaching travel from different angles
*[[Wikitravel:Geographical hierarchy|Geographical hierarchy]] - how we divide up the world
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* [[Wikitravel:Geographical hierarchy|Geographical hierarchy]] - how we divide up the world
*[[Wikitravel:Article naming conventions|Article naming conventions]] - how to name an article
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* [[Wikitravel:Article naming conventions|Article naming conventions]] - how to name an article
*[[Wikitravel:Where you can stick it|Where you can stick it]] -- finding a place to share your knowledge
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* [[Wikitravel:Where you can stick it|Where you can stick it]] - finding a place to share your knowledge
*[[Wikitravel:Bodies of water|Bodies of water]] -- how lakes, rivers, seas and oceans fit into Wikitravel
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* [[Wikitravel:Bodies of water|Bodies of water]] - how lakes, rivers, seas and oceans fit into Wikitravel
*[[Wikitravel:Categories|Categories]] -- using the MediaWiki categories feature
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* [[Wikitravel:Categories|Categories]] - using the MediaWiki categories feature
*[[Wikitravel:Using Mediawiki templates|Using Mediawiki templates]] -- using the MediaWiki Template: transclusion feature
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* [[Wikitravel:Using Mediawiki templates|Using Mediawiki templates]] - using the MediaWiki Template: transclusion feature
*[[Wikitravel:Template index|Mediawiki template index]] -- a list of available Mediawiki templates
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* [[Wikitravel:Template index|Mediawiki template index]] - a list of available Mediawiki templates
  
 
==Formatting style==
 
==Formatting style==
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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 travelers.
 
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.
  
*[[Wikitravel:Article templates|Article templates]] -- starting points and formatting guidelines for consistent Wikitravel articles
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* [[Wikitravel:Article templates|Article templates]] - starting points and formatting guidelines for consistent Wikitravel articles
*[[Wikitravel:Attraction listings|Attraction listings]] -- things to '''See''' or '''Do'''
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* [[Wikitravel:Attraction listings|Attraction listings]] - things to '''See''' or '''Do'''
*[[Wikitravel:Restaurant listings|Restaurant listings]] -- for the '''Eat''' section of articles
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* [[Wikitravel:Restaurant listings|Restaurant listings]] - for the '''Eat''' section of articles
*[[Wikitravel:Bar listings|Bar listings]] -- for the '''Drink''' section of articles
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* [[Wikitravel:Bar listings|Bar listings]] - for the '''Drink''' section of articles
*[[Wikitravel:Accommodation listings|Accommodation listings]] -- for the '''Sleep''' section of articles
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* [[Wikitravel:Accommodation listings|Accommodation listings]] - for the '''Sleep''' section of articles
*[[Wikitravel:Internal links|Internal links]] -- linking to other articles in Wikitravel
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* [[Wikitravel:Internal links|Internal links]] - linking to other articles in Wikitravel
*[[Wikitravel:Inter-language links|Inter-language links]] -- linking to other [[Wikitravel:language versions of Wikitravel|language versions]]
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* [[Wikitravel:Inter-language links|Inter-language links]] - linking to other [[Wikitravel:language versions of Wikitravel|language versions]]
*[[Wikitravel:External links|External links]] -- linking to other Web sites
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* [[Wikitravel:External links|External links]] - linking to other Web sites
*[[Wikitravel:Information boxes|Information boxes]] -- when, how and when not to use information boxes
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* [[Wikitravel:Information boxes|Information boxes]] - when, how and when not to use information boxes
*[[Wikitravel:Section headers|Section headers]] -- dividing an article into sections
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* [[Wikitravel:Section headers|Section headers]] - dividing an article into sections
*[[Wikitravel:Avoid HTML|Avoid HTML]] -- avoiding HTML formatting
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* [[Wikitravel:Avoid HTML|Avoid HTML]] - avoiding HTML formatting
*[[Wikitravel:Information for gay and lesbian travellers|Information for gay and lesbian travellers]] -- where to put GLBT info in a destination article
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* [[Wikitravel:Information for gay and lesbian travellers|Information for gay and lesbian travellers]] - where to put GLBT info in a destination article
*[[Wikitravel:Main Page guidelines|Main Page guidelines]] -- how to add links to the [[Main Page]]
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* [[Wikitravel:Main Page guidelines|Main Page guidelines]] - how to add links to the [[Main Page]]
*[[Wikitravel:Disambiguation pages|Disambiguation pages]] -- when to make them and how to use them
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* [[Wikitravel:Disambiguation pages|Disambiguation pages]] - when to make them and how to use them
  
 
==Writing style==
 
==Writing style==
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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:Tone|Tone]] -- the right tone for your prose
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* [[Wikitravel:Tone|Tone]] - the right tone for your prose
*[[Wikitravel:Spelling|Spelling]] -- what spelling rules to use for Wikitravel
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* [[Wikitravel:Spelling|Spelling]] - what spelling rules to use for Wikitravel
*[[Wikitravel:Neutrality of medium|Neutrality of medium]] -- referring to the medium the article is in
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* [[Wikitravel:Neutrality of medium|Neutrality of medium]] - referring to the medium the article is in
*[[Wikitravel:First person pronouns|First person pronouns]] -- avoid using "I", "we", and their ilk
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* [[Wikitravel:First person pronouns|First person pronouns]] - avoid using "I", "we", and their ilk
*[[Wikitravel:Second person pronouns|Second person pronouns]] -- using "you" and friends is ok
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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
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* [[Wikitravel:Foreign words|Foreign words]] - using non-English words and names in articles
*[[Wikitravel:Romanization|Romanization]] -- for languages that do not use the Latin alphabet
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* [[Wikitravel:Romanization|Romanization]] - for languages that do not use the Latin alphabet
*[[Wikitravel:Don't overlink|Don't overlink]] -- When to make links in article text
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* [[Wikitravel:Don't overlink|Don't overlink]] - when to make links in article text
*[[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 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
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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
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*[[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
*[[Wikitravel:Avoid negative reviews|Avoid negative reviews]] -- Don't bother listing places not worth going to
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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.
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* [[Wikitravel:Measurements|Measurements]] - formatting lengths, weights, temperatures, etc.
*[[Wikitravel:Currency|Currency]] -- proper method of displaying currency
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* [[Wikitravel:Currency|Currency]] - proper method of displaying currency
*[[Wikitravel:Time and date formats|Time and date formats]]
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* [[Wikitravel:Time and date formats|Time and date formats]]
*[[Wikitravel:Phone numbers|Phone numbers]] -- including and formatting phone numbers
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* [[Wikitravel:Phone numbers|Phone numbers]] - including and formatting phone numbers
*[[Wikitravel:Trademarks|Trademarks]] -- using trademarks
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* [[Wikitravel:Trademarks|Trademarks]] - using trademarks
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
* [[Wikitravel:Help|Help]] — for technical help with Wiki syntax
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* [[Wikitravel:Community policies|Community policies]] — for Wikitravel's collaboration policies
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* [[Wikitravel:Help|Help]] - for technical help with Wiki syntax
* [[Wikitravel:Namespace index]] — All the "meta" articles in the Wikitravel: namespace
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* [[Wikitravel:Community policies|Community policies]] - for Wikitravel's collaboration policies
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* [[Wikitravel:Namespace index]] - all the "meta" articles in the Wikitravel: namespace
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Revision as of 18:23, 24 September 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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