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This page documents a Basilicus policy, a widely accepted standard that all editors should normally follow. Changes made to it should reflect consensus.

Manual of Style is a work in progress. Article editor is actively working on the article and more content will be added on an ongoing basis until complete.


Article titleEdit

The title of an article should be based on the article titles policy. The principal criteria are that a title be recognizable (as a name or description of the topic), natural, sufficiently precise, concise, and consistent with the titles of related articles. If these criteria are in conflict, they need to be balanced against one another.

The following points are critical:

  • Use "sentence case", not "title case"; that is, the initial letter of a title is capitalized (except in rare cases, such as pH). Otherwise, capital letters are used only where they would be used in a normal sentence (Cresian calendar, not Cresian Calendar).
  • Do not use A, An, or The as the first word (Congress of Cresia, not The Congress of Cresia), unless by convention it is an inseparable part of a name (The Hague) or it is part of the title of a work (A Clockwork Orange, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien).
  • Titles should normally be nouns or noun phrases: Early life, not In early life.
  • The final visible character should not be a punctuation mark unless it is part of a name (Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!) or an abbreviation (Inverness City F.C.), or a closing round bracket or quotation mark is required (Cresia (region)).

The Manual of Style applies to all parts of an article, including the title.

Only proper nouns and proper titles should be capitalized. For example:

The first letter is automatically capitalized.

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