Ekopedia follows Collier's rules for desktop design and typography recommandations (ISBN 0201544164).
You may ask your questions to the Village pump.
Normal words should not be shortened in articles langage courant dans le corps des articles, except when broadly admitted : i.e for that is to say...
Commons blunders :
- « etc. » is followed by a full stop, not an ellipsis which would be redundant. It follows a list of at least three elements to be complmented
- « first » is spellt : 1st. Code :
- same for other ordinals (second, third…) are : 2nd, 3rd . Type
2<sup>nd</sup>, 3<sup>erd/sup>, etc. ;
According to the ISO 690 norm, use the following syntax :
Roald Dahl, ''Charlie and the chocolate factory'', Penguin Group », USA, 2001 (ISBN 0141311908)
See also « Titles » below.
Don't use bold letters : they have a code of their own . There are three levels of headers , they must be used in the right order. Type two equals sign (=) ; thus :
== First part ==. The second level will be enframed by a three equals sign ; thus :
=== First sub-part ===. The last level will get a four equals sign ; thus :
==== First paragraph ====. This is not only for typography as Ekopedia uses these marks for other functionalities (automatic table of content, section edit , etc.).
See also : Help:How to edit a page.
 Emphasis : boldface and italics
- The first mention of the object of the article is in bold letters (code wiki
''' ... ''').
- Afterwards, avoid boldface in the article. Prefer italics (code wiki
'' ... ''for emphasis.
 Spaces and punctuation
On Ekopedia, double ponctuation marks (; : ? !) are preceded by a space. Don't use the html shortcut for spaces, the programm will create the space! This also applies for French inverted commas. Put spaces in figures, for example : 12 345 instead of 12345, the software won't manage spaces in that case.
Punctuation rules also apply to math formulas, even centered ones. Put a full stop if at the end of the sentence, possibly beside the formula itself (after the
 Bulleted lists
Three possible cases :
Lists with whole phrases must be introduced by a colon : no cap, the first level ends with a semicolon, the second level by a comma. Thus:
Avoid useless caps :
- first item (no cap after « : ») ;
- second item (no cap after « ; ») ;
- third item :
- sub-item 1,
- sub-item 2,
- sub-item 3 (no cap after « , ») ;
- fourth item (full stop at the end of the sentence).
 Inverted commas
- Leave a space after («) and before (»), don't use html script.
- In English, French or English inverted commas can be used indifferently.
- For titles, prefer italics.
- Italics are used for the titles of works mentioned articles, in bibliographies and captions. In a list of works, you don't have to use italics.
- Italics are also used for foreign words transcribed in our latin alphabet.
- Also used in foreign or latin locutions, (see below : Foreign words) :
- a priori ;
- If a title must appear in a text that's already in italics, use the normal font to highlight it, not inverted commas.
- Use italics for animal and vegetal species. Thus : Canis lupus, not Canis lupus.
- Use italics for the names of ships, trains or aircraft when their name is unique. Thus : the sinking of RMS Titanic.
 Caps (capital letters)
- For organisations or charities... In English, each word has a capital letter, thus Bristol Town Hall.
- Prepositions or aticles inside the name don't have caps, thus Stratford-upon-Avon.
 Typing figures
Numbers with one figure should be typed in letters, thus « after two years » instead of « after 2 years». Avoid starting a sentence with a figure. Type them full when they indicate quantities, (two hundred yards, three thousand inhabitants, fifteen euros...) except if there are many and would be difficult to read. Use figures for age, dates and time, (hence : « At 2 pm on 28 January he'll be 21 and four of our friends will come for lunch»).
No real rule but there are three common cases :
- type the number before 0x, like this : 32 = 0x20 ;
- type the number before $, like this : 32 = $20 ;
- after an index 16, like this : 32 = 2016. (<sub>...</sub>)
 Musical notation
Use caps : B, D...
 Acronyms and logos
No dot between the letters : HMS, or USA (not U.S.A.).
 Titles of works (books, films…)
The first letter of each word is a cap except for conjunctions, articles, and other secondary within the title, thus : The Return of the Jedi, Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey.
 Titles in other languages
- French : apart from proper nouns, only the first word has a cap, hence : Du côté de chez Swann.
- if the title is a full sentence, only the initial article will have a cap : La guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu.
- if the initial article is but a determiner, cap for the first substantive : Les Liaisons dangereuses.
- in case of a dual title, caps for each part : Émile ou De l'éducation.
- German : caps for all nouns, common or proper ones : Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum.
- Italian : caps for proper nouns only : Il caso Mattei, C'eravamo tanto amati.
- Japanese : caps only for the first word and proper nouns : Boku no Marie.