Wikipedia:Update/1/General style changes during February 2009

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  • Wikipedia:Manual of Style
    • Most instances of "etc.", "i.e." and "e.g." were italicized.
    • Added: "Capitalize the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns in headings, but leave the rest lower case. Thus "Rules and regulations", not "Rules and Regulations"."
    • New section: WP:MOS#Geographical items
    • Added to WP:MOS#Strong national ties to a topic: "This is primarily intended to avoid the (unlikely) case in which an article which will be overwhelmingly read by one nationality has been written in another national dialect. Australians should not stumble over Americanisms in Australian Defence Force; Americans should not find Anglicisms in American Civil War. Using an author's chosen variety of English may also be desirable in a biographical or critical article, especially if the author's writings are quoted in his article; some readers will be disconcerted by the shift between Tolkien's very English prose and another dialect, for example; however, some authors write in a mixture of national dialects. This recommendation should not be used to claim national ownership of certain articles; see WP:OWN."







  • Wikipedia:Writing better articles
    • In WP:BETTER#News style, added: "[news style] prioritizes information, because many people expect to find important material early, and less important information later where interest decreases."
    • Removed: "Moreover, if you find many related fiction stubs, merge them!"