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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 technology industry or in common English.
    For example, anyone unfamiliar with Linux/Unix will not know that “wl”
    indicates a wireless interface. Explain it, or use it only where relevant.
    Wi-Fi, however, is a standard term across computing, and society
    in general, and is safer to use.
  • Avoid non-standard abbreviations/short forms. For example, don't use “FT”
    for FreshTomato. Using LAN is okay, as it's commonly known.
  • Avoid using the word “Note”. It's overused and should be used only when
  • something is unusually important. Using it constantly makes the text
  • lose its impact, and makes it more jarring to read. We'll soon decide on
  • some guiidelines/standards for for writing/formatting notes.
  • 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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