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Style Guidelines (Wiki Edits)

Wiki Editing Rights

To be able to edit the Wiki, you will need to get new user credentials. To request access, please send a personal message to @rs232, including your email address and preferred username.

Text Content Guidelines

  • Avoid using specialized abbreviations that aren't standard across the tech industry or in common English unless necessary.
  • For example, no one unfamiliar with Linux/Unix will know that “wl” denotes a wireless interface.
  • On the other hand, Wi-Fi is a standard term across computing, and society in general, and is therefore okay to use.
  • Avoid non-standard abbreivations/short forms. For example, don't use “FT” for FreshTomato. Using LAN is okay, as it's commonly known.
  • Avoid use of the word “Note”. It's used way too often. It should be used only when something is unusually important. Using it constantly is like using underlining constantly, it causes the text to lose its impact, and makes it more jarring to read. We will soon decide on a standard for formatting notes, so there will be no need for this an.
  • Avoid using underlining. Underlining is considered obsolete. It's a throwback from typewriter times.
  • Please keep with the standard formatting conventions being used for type, such as (sub)Heading levels and body text.
  • Standard formatting conventions include which words are capitalized and which use lower case.
  • Please use a spell checker. Firefox's browser-based spellchecker works well for this purpose.
  • When referring to menus, please write the text as Menu/Submenu . For example, Administration/Admin access .
  • Avoid using quotation marks. Most of the time, they aren't appropriate. So if you're not sure, leave them out.
  • Please use rounded brackets () and not square brackets. Square brackets have special purposes which don't apply here.

Layout/Formatting Guidelines

Following guidelines makes pages easier to understand, more pleasant to read, and eaiser on the brain and eyes.

  • Add a meaningful title for each wiki page, and format it with the Heading1 format.
  • Indicate web interface menu paths like this: “navigate to Administration/Admin Access.” (Use / to separate italicized menu nodes).
  • Always use the standard Tomato theme when taking screenshots.
  • Avoid using quotation marks except where absolutely appropriate. Quotation marks are rarely appropriate, and should generally only be used when quoting someone/ something directly, or when slang/colloquialisms are used.
  • Avoid underlining. It was considered obsolete since the 1980s.
  • Avoid using the word “NOTE”. We are considering adding a NOTES section at the bottom of each page formatted with Heading2.
  • Command strings should be emboldened, like this: ssh root@
  • Variables should be italicized.
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