<br> A '''
wiki''' '''manual of style''' (or style guide) is a set of standards for the design and writing of wiki articles. The guide provides direction for visual and technical aspects as well as prose style, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and wiki etiquette. The consistent use of style guidelines provides uniformity in style and formatting of wiki articles, making them easier for readers to understand and utilize.
== General Principles ==
'''Abbreviations '''<br> ====
Abbreviations, including US postal codes, should not be used in article titles or text because abbreviations can mean different things in different parts of the world. For example, the abbreviation CA could mean either California or Canada, depending on the reader's nationality.
For more information about naming conventions, see also [[Help:Naming conventions|Help:Naming Conventions]].
'''Italics ''' ====
In a title, italicize only the titles of books and ships.<br>
Many URLs (website addresses) are long and not reader-friendly. For readability's sake, links should not include the full URL of the destination page. There may be extremely rare instances where displaying the full URL is desirable, but this should be the exception, not the rule, and should be done only if there is a compelling reason.<br>
'''Example 1: a link by itself ''' =====
'''Correct:''' [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch]
::::Incorrect: For the Louisiana Territory, the United States paid France almost $190 million in today’s money.
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