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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.
  
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'''Article layout''':
 
* [[Wikitravel:Article templates|Article templates]] - starting points and formatting guidelines for consistent Wikitravel articles
 
* [[Wikitravel:Article templates|Article templates]] - starting points and formatting guidelines for consistent Wikitravel articles
* [[Wikitravel:Attraction listings|Attraction listings]] - things to '''See'''
 
* [[Wikitravel:Activity listings|Activity listings]] - things to '''Do'''
 
* [[Wikitravel:Restaurant listings|Restaurant listings]] - for the '''Eat''' section of articles
 
* [[Wikitravel:Bar listings|Bar listings]] - for the '''Drink''' section of articles
 
* [[Wikitravel:Accommodation listings|Accommodation listings]] - for the '''Sleep''' section of articles
 
* [[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]]
 
* [[Wikitravel:External links|External links]] - linking to other Web sites
 
* [[Wikitravel:Information boxes|Information boxes]] - when, how and when not to use information boxes
 
 
* [[Wikitravel:Section headers|Section headers]] - dividing an article into sections
 
* [[Wikitravel:Section headers|Section headers]] - dividing an article into sections
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'''Formatting content''':
 
* [[Wikitravel:Avoid HTML|Avoid HTML]] - avoiding HTML formatting
 
* [[Wikitravel:Avoid HTML|Avoid HTML]] - avoiding HTML formatting
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* [[Wikitravel:Information boxes|Information boxes]] - when, how and when not to use information boxes
 
* [[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
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'''Links''':
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* [[Wikitravel:External links|External links]] - linking to other Web sites
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* [[Wikitravel:Inter-language links|Inter-language links]] - linking to other [[Wikitravel:language versions of Wikitravel|language versions]]
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* [[Wikitravel:Internal links|Internal links]] - linking to other articles in Wikitravel
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'''Listings''':
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* [[Wikitravel:Accommodation listings|Accommodation listings]] - for the '''Sleep''' section of articles
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* [[Wikitravel:Activity listings|Activity listings]] - things to '''Do'''
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* [[Wikitravel:Attraction listings|Attraction listings]] - things to '''See'''
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* [[Wikitravel:Bar listings|Bar listings]] - for the '''Drink''' section of articles
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* [[Wikitravel:Restaurant listings|Restaurant listings]] - for the '''Eat''' section of articles
  
 
==Writing style==
 
==Writing style==

Revision as of 06:44, 7 January 2008

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.

Article layout:

Formatting content:

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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