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Where there's a difference, we prefer '''Commonwealth English spelling''' to American English spelling. This isn't because Commonwealth English is somehow "better," but because we want to stomp on the rights, heritage, and cultures of other English-speaking countries. We need to pick one spelling style for consistency, and the founders of Wikitravel are Americans, so they just started writing Commonwealth-style first.
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If you are from America and use "harbor" or "aluminum" or whatever, that's fine. We want your contributions and your work, so don't worry so much about spelling. But editors may come through and switch those over to Proper English, just for consistency.
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Wikitravel recommends using the '''''local variant of English''''' for all destination articles.  This means:
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* '''Australia''': use ''Australian English'' spelling
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* '''Canada''': use ''Canadian English'' spelling
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* '''United Kingdom''', '''Ireland''' and '''most Commonwealth countries''': use ''Commonwealth English'' spelling
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** This ''includes'' all of [[South Asia]] as well as large parts of [[Africa]] and [[Southeast Asia]] but ''excludes'' [[Japan]], [[Korea]], the [[Philippines]] and [[Taiwan]] (see our [[English language varieties#Usage_by_countries|English language varieties]] article for details)
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* '''United States''': use US English spelling
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Don't worry if you're not familiar or comfortable with the local English variant of a destination article: just write in the style you're accustomed to and somebody will probably come along later and correct it - that's one of the benefits of wiki editing!
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If the article concerns a destination that has no history of using English ''and'' no clear preference for the variety to use, we prefer '''US English''' spelling. This isn't because US English is somehow better (although US spelling usually is shorter) or to stomp on the rights, heritage, and cultures of other English-speaking countries. We just need to pick one default spelling style for consistency in the same article.
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Many of our non-destination articles were written in Commonwealth English and should not be arbitrarily changed to the US variety.
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Usually it's not a good use of your time to go right through an article to standardis(z)e the spelling unless preparing for a [[Wikitravel:Article status|star nomination]] or for off-line publishing. If you are preparing to do this for any destination outside of the regions listed above, it's best to first discuss which variant you are going to use on the article's discussion page.
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Reference guides for US English spelling:
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*''Webster's New World College Dictionary'', Fourth Edition, Wiley Hoboken, N.J.
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*''Webster's Third New International Dictionary'', Merriam-Webster, Springfield, Mass.
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A useful, free dictionary for checking the Commonwealth variety of English on-line:
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* http://oxforddictionaries.com/?region=uk
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Place Names:
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*''National Geographic Atlas of the World'', National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., [http://www.nationalgeographic.com/index.html]
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*''CIA World Factbook'', [http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/]
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==Commonality==
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Where appropriate, try and use a commonly understood word or phrase in preference to one that has a different meaning because of national differences.  
  
 
==Proper names==
 
==Proper names==
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Occasionally proper names do not follow local spelling conventions.  These words should not be changed -- the proper name should not be mangled to conform to Wikitravel's spelling rules:
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* Joaquin Miller's home, "''The Hights''", rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.
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It can be helpful to other editors to use an HTML comment to mark incorrect spellings which are preserved in proper names:
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<nowiki>
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* Joaquin Miller's home, "''The Hights''"&lt;!-- sic --&gt;, rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.
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</nowiki>
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===See also===
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*[[Wikitravel:List of common misspellings|List of common misspellings]]
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*[[Wikitravel:Naming conventions]]
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*[[Wikitravel:Foreign words]]
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*[[Wikitravel:Romanization]]
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*[[Wikitravel:Abbreviations]]
  
Sometimes proper names have words in them that are spelled differently in American and Commonwealth English, or just misspelled altogether. These words should not be changed -- the proper name should not be mangled to conform to Wikitravel's spelling rules.
 
  
However, referring to the proper named thing in the generic ''should'' be mangled. Examples may be clearer:
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* ''Molson Center is the centre of hockey in Montreal.''
 
* ''The harbour in Sydney is called Sydney Harbor.''
 
* ''Ten tonnes of aluminium a day are extracted from the Ten-Ton Harbor Aluminum Center.''
 
* ''Joaquin Miller's home, "The Hights," rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.''
 
  
See also: [[Wikitravel:List of common misspellings|List of common misspellings]]
 
 
[[de:Wikitravel:Rechtschreibung]]
 
[[de:Wikitravel:Rechtschreibung]]
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[[pt:Wikitravel:Grafia]]

Revision as of 22:16, 15 January 2013


Wikitravel recommends using the local variant of English for all destination articles. This means:

Don't worry if you're not familiar or comfortable with the local English variant of a destination article: just write in the style you're accustomed to and somebody will probably come along later and correct it - that's one of the benefits of wiki editing!

If the article concerns a destination that has no history of using English and no clear preference for the variety to use, we prefer US English spelling. This isn't because US English is somehow better (although US spelling usually is shorter) or to stomp on the rights, heritage, and cultures of other English-speaking countries. We just need to pick one default spelling style for consistency in the same article.

Many of our non-destination articles were written in Commonwealth English and should not be arbitrarily changed to the US variety. Usually it's not a good use of your time to go right through an article to standardis(z)e the spelling unless preparing for a star nomination or for off-line publishing. If you are preparing to do this for any destination outside of the regions listed above, it's best to first discuss which variant you are going to use on the article's discussion page.

Reference guides for US English spelling:

  • Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Wiley Hoboken, N.J.
  • Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Springfield, Mass.


A useful, free dictionary for checking the Commonwealth variety of English on-line:


Place Names:

  • National Geographic Atlas of the World, National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C., [1]
  • CIA World Factbook, [2]

Commonality

Where appropriate, try and use a commonly understood word or phrase in preference to one that has a different meaning because of national differences.

Proper names

Occasionally proper names do not follow local spelling conventions. These words should not be changed -- the proper name should not be mangled to conform to Wikitravel's spelling rules:

  • Joaquin Miller's home, "The Hights", rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.

It can be helpful to other editors to use an HTML comment to mark incorrect spellings which are preserved in proper names:

* Joaquin Miller's home, "''The Hights''"<!-- sic -->, rests on the heights of the Oakland hills.

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