Wikipedia:Manual of Style

  • the manual of style (mos or mos) is the style manual for all english wikipedia articles. this primary page is supported by further detail pages, which are cross-referenced here and listed at wikipedia:manual of style/contents. if any contradiction arises, this page always has precedence.[1]

    mos presents wikipedia'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.

    style and formatting should be consistent within an article. where more than one style is acceptable under mos, editors should not change an article from one of those styles to another without a good reason. edit warring over optional styles is unacceptable.[2] if a style or similar debate becomes intractable, see if a rewrite can make the issue moot.

    new content added to this page should directly address a persistently recurring style issue.

  • retaining existing styles
  • article titles, headings, and sections
  • national varieties of english
  • capital letters
  • ligatures
  • abbreviations
  • italics
  • quotations
  • punctuation
  • dates and time
  • numbers
  • currencies
  • units of measurement
  • common mathematical symbols
  • grammar and usage
  • vocabulary
  • media files
  • bulleted and numbered lists
  • links
  • miscellaneous
  • see also
  • notes
  • references
  • further reading

The Manual of Style (MoS or MOS) is the style manual for all English Wikipedia articles. This primary page is supported by further detail pages, which are cross-referenced here and listed at Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Contents. If any contradiction arises, this page always has precedence.[1]

MoS presents Wikipedia'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.

Style and formatting should be consistent within an article. Where more than one style is acceptable under MoS, editors should not change an article from one of those styles to another without a good reason. Edit warring over optional styles is unacceptable.[2] If a style or similar debate becomes intractable, see if a rewrite can make the issue moot.

New content added to this page should directly address a persistently recurring style issue.