Help:Wiki University Manual of Style
Manual of Style
A style guide establishes rules about how a document or set of documents is written. The objective is consistency of best practices across documents to improve communication and readibility. It also addresses the issue of ethics by prescribing methods of documentation.
The FamilySearch Wiki has a prescribed Manual of Style that should be employed in formatting and writing the articles. Wiki Support Missionaries should be familiar with it for patrolling changes and adding content.
When the Wiki Manual of Style does not cover a topic, the fallback document is the Chicago Manual of Style, a very comprehensive style guide. Although Chicago itself must be purchased, there is much helpful information on-line.
What Does the Manual of Style Cover?
- General Principles - what should be our tone and relationship with other contributors.
- Dealing with other contributors.
- What is appropriate content.
- Having a neutral tone.
- Clear and simple writing.
- Bylines- what are your rights regarding your contributions.
- Grammar and Style - general principles of grammar and writing style designated for the Wiki.
- Naming - how articles should be named and how they are written.
- Naming a new article
- Capitalization of titles
- Place names
- Diacritics and quotation marks
- Punctuation in title
- Renaming articles
- Punctuation - punctuation standards.
- Formatting - formatting various parts of an article.
- Geographical names
- Acronyms and Abbreviations
- Linking - formatting interior and exterior links.
- Links to other articles in FamilySearch Wiki
- Links to page sections
- Linking to websites outside the Wiki
Preferred terms - how to refer to FamilySearch websites.
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