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Wikitravel recommends using the '''local variant of English''' for all destination articles.  This means:
Wikitravel recommends using the '''''local variant of English''''' for all destination articles.  This means:
* '''Australia''': use ''Australian English'' spelling
* '''Australia''': use ''Australian English'' spelling

Revision as of 16:07, 7 October 2012

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

  • Australia: use Australian English spelling
  • Canada: use Canadian English spelling
  • United Kingdom and most Commonwealth countries: use British English spelling
  • United States: use US English spelling

Don't worry if you're not familiar or comfortable with the local variant of a destination: 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!

Usually it's not a good use of your time to go right through an article to standardis(z)e the orthography 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.

If the destination 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 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. Below are reference guides for US English spelling:

Word spelling:

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

Place Names:

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

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.

See also