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This is the main article for the Manual of Style for this Wiki.

This is a work in progress. Please make changes as required or discuss ideas/proposals on the talk page.

Layout guideEdit

Main article: Layout

Maximum widthsEdit

Because of the limitations of particularly the Oasis skin, but also in MonoBook there are constraints on how wide inserted items can be on various parts of the page.

TextEdit

  • Maximum widths of text, tables, divs, etc on a page is 650px. After that it will start to overlap other parts of the page or, in the case of tables, a horizontal scroll bar will appear on the table.

Images generalEdit

  • Maximum widths of individual images is 680px as they can be slightly larger without creating a problem however, images of that size are used only in exceptional cases. For images on article pages that need to be large (e.g. diagrams) set a maximum width of 450px
  • The IOTW has a maximum height of 600px
  • Slideshows on artist's pages are set to 600px
  • Infobox images are automatically set a maximum width of 270px

Images within content pagesEdit

  • Add the thumbnail code thumb to all images
  • In addition, for portrait images add a width code of 140px

Using only thumbnails will automatically set a maximum width of 250px, which is ideal for landscape images, however, in some cases due to image properties, you may need to add an individual width code ?px, to adjust to other images on the page. See editing history for Silchas Ruin for examples of standard thumbnails. Where there are only one image one or two images on a page, they may be set slightly larger but not exceeding 300px.

Writing styleEdit

Main article:Style

AccuracyEdit

Our main aim is to accurately reflect the information given in the books. Thus, if the book is ambivalent about something the writing needs to reflect this. All information needs to be presented as factual and objective as possible. For example: the phrase 'where able to do something' implies a lot of things which the phrase 'did something' does not.

ReferencingEdit

Do NOT add information based on vague memory. All edits should be made based on the editor having just read the relevant information in the book. Add a minimum of book and chapter reference to your edit.

SpellingEdit

Both authors of the Malazan world are Canadian therefore Canadian English will be used as the baseline language of this wiki.

TenseEdit

Articles are generally written in past tense because there is no omnivalent present time in the Malazan world from the various readers' point of view. However, for real World articles, which include authors pages, as well as all book and chapter summaries, present tense is used. Within those book/chapter summaries, past perfect progressive is used where a characters recollect events of another past (see NoK Chapter 1 for example). Other than that, we write like historians in the future of the Malazan world writing about its past.

LinkingEdit

The general rule is that the first time linkable text appears on that page it should be linked to and on each subsequent instance it is unlinked (infoboxes and navboxes are exceptions here).

Very short articlesEdit

A subject may have only a single piece of information about it that can be sourced from a primary reference. In this case it can still have it's own article.

ThemeEdit

ColoursEdit

Hex codes for theme colours
Main titleSubsequent titlesBackground
#4e00a5#995cde#cca0fc

Links in titles need to be made white. Here is an example of how to do it: [[Lord Foul's Bane|<font color=black>Lord Foul's Bane</font>]]

New themeEdit

Colour areaHex codeNotes
Primary highlight #7800ff
Secondary highlight #7C7F83
Background #E5E6E6
Parchment #FFF9E6
Links #45A174
Visited links #804488
External website links #428EBD
Visited external website links #3C57AA
Red-links (empty pages) #BA0000
Visited red-links #A85858
Border lines #AAA
Spoiler notices #D00

Standard abbreviationsEdit

Linking codes and written abbreviationsEdit

Full TitleLinking
Codes
Preferred
Written
Abbreviation
Lord Foul's BaneLBLFB
The Illearth WarIWtIW
The Power That PreservesPPtPtP
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever tCoTCtU (??)

Full TitleLinking
Codes
Preferred
Written
Abbreviation
The Wounded LandWLtWL
The One TreeOTtOT
White Gold WielderWWWGW

Full TitleLinking
Codes
Preferred
Written
Abbreviation
The Runes of the WorldRWtRotW
Fatal RevenantFRFR
Against All Things EndingAEAATE
The Last DarkLDtLD

Full TitleLinking
Codes
Preferred
Written
Abbreviation
The Atlast of the LandALtAotL
Gilden-FireGFGF

Using linking codes as written abbreviations is also acceptable (except for Assail). Using allcaps versions is also ok.

Edition abbreviationsEdit

BantamEdit

Edition NamePreferred
Abbreviation
Trade PaperbackUK TPB
Mass-market PaperbackUK MMPB
HardcoverUK HC

TorEdit

Edition NamePreferred
Abbreviation
Trade PaperbackUS TPB
Mass-market PaperbackUS MMPB
HardcoverUS HC
Science Fiction Book ClubUS SFBC

Subterranean PressEdit

Edition NamePreferred
Abbreviation
Numbered editionSub Press No.
Lettered editionSub Press Let.

PS PublishingEdit

Edition NamePreferred
Abbreviation
Trade PaperbackPSP TPB
Mass-market PaperbackPSP MMPB
Various Hardcover editionsPSP HC

Night Shade BooksEdit

Edition NamePreferred
Abbreviation
Hardcover NSB HC

TransworldEdit

Edition NamePreferred
Abbreviation
Bookclub AssociationUK BCA
Epub Edition UK EP

Harper VoyagerEdit

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