Wikipedia:Manual of Style

The Manual of Style (MoS or MOS) is the style manual for all Wikipedia articles. This primary page is supported by further detail pages, which are cross-referenced by this page's menu and listed at Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Contents. If any contradiction arises, this page always has precedence.

The MoS presents Wikipedia's house style, to help editors write articles with consistent and precise language, layout, and formatting, making Wikipedia easier and more intuitive for users. Plain English works best. Avoid ambiguity, jargon, and vague or unnecessarily complex wording.

Any new content added to the body of this page should directly address a style issue that has recurred. Discuss style issues on the MOS talk page.

A title should be a recognizable name or description of the topic that is natural, sufficiently precise, concise, and consistent with those of related articles. If these criteria are in conflict, they should be balanced against one another.

For formatting guidance see the WP:Article titles § Article title format section, noting the following:

Subject both to the above and to WP:Article titles, the rest of the MoS, particularly § Punctuation, applies also to the title.

An article should begin with an introductory lead section – a concise summary of the article – which is never divided into sections (see Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Lead section). The remainder of the article is typically into sections.

This page was last edited on 22 June 2018, at 23:11 (UTC).
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