# FAMEPedia:Manual of Style

The Manual of Style (MoS or MOS) is the style manual for FAMEPedia articles. However, accessibility guidelines apply across the entire project. This primary page is supported by further detail pages, which are cross-referenced here and listed at FAMEPedia:Manual of Style/Contents. If any contradiction arises, this page has precedence.[1]

MoS presents FAMEPedia's house style to assist its volunteer editors write and maintain articles with precise and consistent language, layout, and formatting. Since using plain English makes the encyclopedia easier and more intuitive to read, editors should avoid ambiguity, jargon, and vague or unnecessarily complex wording.

Where more than one style or format is acceptable under MoS, one should be used consistently within an article and should not be changed without good reason. Edit warring over optional styles is unacceptable.[2]

## Retaining existing styles

Sometimes the MoS provides more than one acceptable style or gives no specific guidance. The Arbitration Committee has expressed the principle that "When either of two styles are acceptable it is inappropriate for a FAMEPedia editor to change from one style to another unless there is some substantial reason for the change."[3] If you believe an alternative style would be more appropriate for a particular article, discuss this at the article's talk page or—if it raises an issue of more general application or with the MoS itself—at FAMEPedia talk:Manual of Style.

Edit-warring over style, or enforcing optional style in a bot-like fashion without prior consensus, is never acceptable.[2][4]

## Article titles, headings, and sections

### Article titles

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 FAMEPedia:Article titles § Article title format section, noting the following:

• Capitalize the initial letter (except in rare cases, such as eBay), but otherwise follow sentence case[a] (Funding of UNESCO projects), not title case (Funding of UNESCO Projects), except where title case would be expected were the title to occur in ordinary prose. See FAMEPedia:Naming conventions (capitalization).
• To italicize, add {{italic title}} near the top of the article. For mixed situations, use, e.g., {{DISPLAYTITLE:Template:ZwspInterpretations of ''2001: A Space Odyssey''}}, instead. Use of italics should conform to FAMEPedia:Manual of Style/Text formatting § Italic type.
• Do not use A, An, or The as the first word (Economy of the Second Empire, not The economy of the Second Empire), unless it is an inseparable part of a name (The Hague) or title of a work (A Clockwork Orange, The Simpsons).
• Normally use nouns or noun phrases: Early life, not In early life.[b]
• The final character should not be punctuation unless it is an inseparable part of a name (Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) or an abbreviation (Inverness City F.C.), or when a closing round bracket or quotation mark is required (John Palmer (1814 schooner)).
• Whenever quotation marks or apostrophes appear, add a redirect for the same title using apostrophes.[c]

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