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This page is a guide to the styles to be used in articles. No action will be taken against contributors who fail to follow this manual, but other contributors have every right to edit articles to conform to this manual. (Note that this manual applies to article pages only; not talk pages, essays, nor debates.)

This manual is maintained by a consensus of contributors. If you want to propose a change, please place your proposal on the talk page.


Article titles

Article titles are to be lower case (except for proper nouns) and singular (except where plural is more appropriate). The case of the first letter is optional, as the software automatically capitalises the first letter.

Section titles

The titles of each section of articles are to be lower case (except for proper nouns), except for the first letter which is to be in upper case.

Introductory sections

Each article should have an introductory section (that is, the text before the first section heading) of no more than two short paragraphs. This introduction should summarise the main points of the article. As it is a summary, it should not have references or other footnotes (they will be in the body of the article), and internal links should be kept to a minimum.

Introductory sentences

Avoid clutter in introductory sentences. Although a birth year or birth and death year may be appropriate, anything more should be placed elsewhere, perhaps in an information box. So you could have John Smith (1923 – 1994) was a . . ., but avoid sentences such as the following (from Wikipedia), which says Alexander the Great was an ancient Greek king of Macedon.

Alexander the Great (Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Μέγας or Μέγας Ἀλέξανδρος,[1]Mégas Aléxandros; July 20, 356 BC[2]– June 10 or June 11, 323 BC),[3] also known as Alexander III of Macedon (Ἀλέξανδρος Γ' ὁ Μακεδών) was an ancient Greek[4] [5] king (basileus) of Macedon (336–323 BC).

Etymologies of article titles can use the {{Etymology}} template to place the etymology in a box to the right of the page.


Dates should be entered as links: [[3 January]] [[2010]]. This allows the software to change the date display according to user preferences.

Eras should be shown as BC and AD, not BCE nor CE.


The preferred language is Australian English. However, articles may be written in any common variety of English. Topics which are specific to a particular country should be written in that country's variety of English. For example, an article about New Zealand, or about the kiwi, should be written in New Zealand English. Otherwise, articles may be written in the variety of English used by the first significant contributor to the articles.

(Note that Australian English is the official language of this encyclopædia, and will be used on all pages in the A Storehouse of Knowledge and Help namespaces (excluding help pages imported from MediaWiki)).

When naming an organisation, use the official spelling of the organisation's name. Thus, for example, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should be spelt Centers not Centres, even if the later would be your usual spelling, since that is the official spelling of the organisation's name. Some other examples include United Nations Environment Programme (not Program) and World Trade Organization (not Organisation).

Location names

Articles about cities and towns should normally be in the format City, State or City, Province, or, if the country doesn't have states or provinces, City, Country. Articles about well-known places (e.g. London, Melbourne, Los Angeles) can be titled with just the bare name.

Origins content

Moved to Rules and regulations.

References and notes

A style for references has not yet been determined, but the following minimal guidelines should be followed as far as possible.

  • Use footnotes for references rather than inline links. See Help:Footnotes and references for how to do this.
  • Where available, include in citations the author(s), details of the publication including the name of the article, book, etc., and the date it was published. Do not have just a bare link.
  • Do not include footnotes on talk pages. Pages can have only one section listing footnotes, and this becomes awkward when more than one discussion has footnotes. Further, it complicates archiving of talk pages, as the person doing the archiving may have to include a place for the footnotes to appear, and may also have to leave such a section on the talk page. There is no real advantage to having footnotes on talk pages, and inline links are suitable for talk pages.


Categories are to be in lower case (except for proper nouns) (e.g. Steam railways, not Steam Railways) and plural where applicable (e.g. Ducks, not Duck, but New Testament).


See Template style manual

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