# RuneScape:Style guide

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This style guide has the simple purpose of making the RuneScape Wiki easy to read by establishing a certain format. One way is often as good as another, but if everyone does things the same way, the articles will be easier to read and use, along with being easier to write and edit. Reading the style guide is important to ensure that each user's edits will be consistent with those of other users.

## Article titles

Pages must have appropriate titles. Page names should always be exactly the same as the in-game name of the subject, except when multiple subjects have the same name (and thus disambiguation parentheses are required). In cases where other Jagex sources are inconsistent with in-game names (of particular note are newsposts and Solomon's General Store), in-game names and capitalisations should be used, with redirects utilised for other names.

• Names, locations, and titles (like those of quests) should all be capitalised appropriately. Capitalisation rarely applies to every word in the article title.
• A rule of thumb for article titles is that only the first letter of the first word in the item name should be capitalised: Bronze longsword, Common jadinko. Some exceptions exist:
• Block capitals should not be used in titles: 'Article titles', not 'ARTICLE TITLES'.
• Pages about organisations should use the organisation's full name where it is known, e.g. Humans Against Monsters, not H.A.M.
• Words such as articles (a,an, and the) and short prepositions (e.g. in, of, from) should be left uncapitalised, unless the first word of the title: Tears of Guthix, The Hand in the Sand.
• Again, however, if articles or prepositions are capitalised in-game, they should be capitalised in the article title: Once Upon a Slime
• Families should be titled "<surname> family": Carnillean family. This does not apply to in-game families with alternative titles: House Drakan, Crwys Clan. See: Forum:Amendment to Style Guide for naming conventions.

Sometimes technical restrictions of MediaWiki prevent editors naming pages after their in-game names:

• The subject name does not begin with a capital letter: cHaOs
• The subject name includes a "/", implying a subpage relationship: Dragon platelegs/skirt ornament kit (or).
• The subject name includes a character that cannot be used in page names, including, but not limited to: |, ?, and #).
• The subject begins with a string that would put the page in the wrong namespace. Such strings might include: "Project:", "RuneScape:", "File:", or "User:", etc. For an example, see: RuneScape - The Official Handbook.

In such cases, problem characters should be replaced substitutes of left out altogether. Generally, replace "|" with "-", and ":" in namespaces with "-"; leave out "#" and "?". False subpages should be at the same name. In all cases DISPLAYTITLE and Template:Restricted title should be used to mark the page as such.

Separating articles into sections makes them easy to read and navigate. Headings are used to split articles into sections.

### Markup

Use two equal signs (`==`) style markup for headings. Start with `==`, add the heading title, then end with `==`.

This section's heading was created with the markup:

`==Sections and headings==`

This subsection's heading was created with the markup:

`===Markup===`

### Wording

• In a heading, capitalise only the first letter of the first word and the first letter of any proper nouns, and leave all of the other letters in lowercase. Quest titles, skills, names, cities, and so on should all have the first letter capitalised. For example, "Fishing equipment", not "Fishing Equipment".
• Make sure that the heading has an appropriate and accurate title, as this is important to help readers navigate the article. For example, do not make a "Monsters" section in an article about an area or dungeon and then include non-player characters in that section. Instead, make an "Inhabitants" section with "Monsters" and "NPCs" as subsections.

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A lead (introduction) summarises the most important points of an article, creating interest in the topic. Thus, it should be limited to a few paragraphs. Certain information, such as strategies and trivia, should be in a separate section instead of in the lead. This applies only to articles that are of sufficient length to incorporate a lead.

Articles about a subject that are referred to by their in-game name and full name should mention the in-game name before mentioning the full name. For example, on Millie Miller, the start of the article should say something in the format of "Millie Miller, full name Millicent Miller, ...". When the in-game name is part of the subject's full name, the full name should be included right away. For example, Reldo should start by mentioning his full name, Reldo Trimmly. See the bolding section for more information about bolding guidelines.

#### Pronunciation

If the name of the article has a pronunciation that is not apparent from its spelling, include a pronunciation guide in parentheses after the first occurence of the name:

Ardougne (/ɑːrˈdɔɪn/ arr-DOYN) is a city in the realm of Kandarin...

Most such terms are proper nouns that solely exist in RuneScape lore (Ardougne, Torva), words or phrases based on foreign languages (Prifddinas, Chthonian), or very unusual English words (mjolnir). Do not include them for common English words, even if the pronunciations are counterintuitive for learners. If the name of the article is more than one word, include pronunciation only for the words that need it. In the lead section, caution should be used to avoid creating overly long transcriptions. Less important pronunciations should be omitted altogether or relegated to a footnote or a dedicated section in the article or infobox.

## Text elements

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• When a skill is linked to, the name of the skill should be used, not a short form or a different spelling of it. Instead of saying "`this item can be [[Mining|mined]] by...`" you should state "`this item can be obtained through the [[Mining]] skill by ...`."
• Piped link formats for simple plurals are generally unnecessary. For example, use `[[lobster]]s` instead of `[[lobster|lobsters]]`.
• While on the main space, code like `[[lobster]]s` appears with the whole word as a blue hyperlink. However, there is a bug if you view it in the Visual Editor where the last "s" in "lobsters" will not be part of the blue colouring of the hyperlink.
• On the other hand, use `[[wolf|wolves]]` instead of `[[wolf]]s` when appropriate. Don't be afraid to use a piped link when necessary, particularly if avoiding them contorts the language unnecessarily or introduces spelling or grammatical errors into the article. Piped links have legitimate uses in an article.
• Do not place the last letters of a plural outside of a link that already has alternate text. For example, `[[Crimson charm (Dungeoneering)|crimson charms]]` should be used instead of `[[Crimson charm (Dungeoneering)|crimson charm]]s`.
If the subject of an article is covered by different versions of RuneScape, the articles on their respective wikis should be linked using the `{{External}}` template at the top of the article. This generates coloured tabs with icons that link to the other wikis shown next to the "Discussion" tab above an article's title. An example of this can be seen on the article for Hammer, where `{{External|rsc|os}}` was added at the top of the page, adding links to the Old School and Classic versions of the page.