Wikipedia:Styletips

This is the Styletips project, which provides useful advice to editors on writing style and formatting in bite-size chunks from the Manual of Style and related pages. For the complete schedule of Styletips, see below.

Please place suggestions on the Talk page. The objective is to keep the focus of each tip narrow and to express it simply and briefly.

Styletips scheduling queue[edit]

List of tips
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/1 – Quotations within quotations
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/2 – Number signs
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/3 – The year 1995
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/4 – Percentage ranges
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/5 – Case in expanded abbreviations
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/6 – Gender-neutral language
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/7 – No initial the or a in article and section titles
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/8 – Downcase the generics
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/9 – Unit symbols: spacing
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/10 – Instructional and presumptuous language
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/11Including
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/12Current
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/13 – Within-text attribution
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/14 – Emphasizing a word
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/15 – Block quotes
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/16 – Unit symbols: figures
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/17 – Seasons
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/18 – Ampersand
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/19Circa
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/20US or U.S.?
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/21 – Pluralizing abbreviations
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/22 – Points and spaces in abbreviations
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/23 – Quotations: allowable typographical changes
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/24 – Formatting titles of literature and art
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/25 – Italics for emphasis
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/26 – Overlinking
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/27 – Subset terms
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/28 – Dashes in article titles
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/29 – Dates (I)
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/30 – Currency symbols
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/31 – Dates (II)
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/32 – No hyphen after -ly adverbs
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/33 – Hyphens can avoid ambiguity
  • Wikipedia:Styletips/34 – Hanging hyphens

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    Quotations: allowable typographical changes


    Although the requirement of minimal change in direct quotations is strict, a few purely typographical elements of quoted text should be conformed to English Wikipedia's conventions without comment. These include the following:

    • Use the style chosen for the article: unspaced em dash or spaced en dash.
    • Set apostrophes and quotation marks straight, not curly.
    • Remove spaces before punctuation such as periods, colons, and %.
    • When integrating the quotation into the grammar of a larger sentence, downcase the first letter of a quotation that is in upper case purely because it starts a sentence in the source (It turned out to be true that "a penny saved is a penny earned").

    But generally preserve bold and italic face, and the variety of English.


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    See also[edit]

    MoS related
    General formatting