Wikipedia:Manual of Style

The Manual of Style (abbreviated as MoS or MOS) is the style manual for all Wikipedia articles. This is the primary page for the style guidelines: it covers certain topics (e.g. punctuation) in detail and summarizes the key points of others. The detail pages, which are cross-referenced here and linked by this page's menu or listed at Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Contents, provide specific guidance on those topics. If any contradiction arises, this page has precedence over all detail pages of the guideline, style essays, and the Simplified Manual of Style.

The Manual of Style presents Wikipedia's house style. The goal is to make using Wikipedia easier and more intuitive by promoting clarity and cohesion while helping editors write articles with consistent and precise language, layout, and formatting. 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 occurred in a significant number of instances.

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 the titles of related articles. If these criteria are in conflict, they should be balanced against one another.

For guidance on formatting titles, see WP:Article titles § Article title format section of the policy. Note the following:

The guidance contained elsewhere in the MoS, particularly § Punctuation, applies to all parts of an article, including the title. However, particular guidance in the WP:Article titles policy, for example on punctuation in WP:TITLESPECIALCHARACTERS, takes precedence for formatting article titles.

Articles are divided into sections.

This page was last edited on 15 March 2018, at 04:20.
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