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This style guide has the simple purpose of making the RuneScape Wiki easy to read by establishing a certain format. One way is often as good as another, but if everyone does things the same way, the articles will be easier to read and use, along with being easier to write and edit. Reading the style guide is important to ensure that each user's edits will be consistent with those of other users.

## Article titlesEdit

Pages must have appropriate titles. Articles about items, monsters, quests, overrides and non-player characters should be titled exactly as the subject's name appears in-game. This also overlaps with the wiki's notability and granularity policy. If a page's title conflicts with its content, make the content consistent with the title before checking in-game to ensure accuracy. In cases where other Jagex sources are inconsistent with in-game (of particular note are newsposts and Solomon's General Store), in-game names and capitalisations should be used, with redirects utilised for other names. However, this rule should not be followed blindly and applied for every single subject encountered in the game. For example, "2/3 cake" is located in ⅔ cake due to the technical restrictions which exist in the software.

Names, locations, and titles (like a quest) should all be capitalised appropriately, though not the whole title. A rule of thumb for article titles is that items only have the first letter of the first word in their name capitalised for the most part; exceptions to this rule exist (such as the Pendant of Skill). There is no capitalization convention for monsters or non-player characters. Unless the monster or character's name has more than one capital in-game, do not put a capital at the beginning of every word. Block capitals should not be used in titles (e.g., 'Article titles' instead of 'ARTICLE TITLES'). An exception is acronyms in disambiguation page titles, which should be in block capitals. Words such as articles and short prepositions in titles should be left un-capitalised, unless they are intended to be capitalised in RuneScape. These include words such as 'a', 'the', and 'of'. For example, the article on the Tears of Guthix quest has the title 'Tears of Guthix' (the "of" is left un-capitalised).

In cases where the in-game name is ambiguous, disambiguation is necessary, such as Swamp toad (creature) and Swamp toad, the item. On the article with the simplest title, place a hatnote above the content of the article: instructions may be found at RuneScape:Style guide/Disambiguations.

Try to make the article's topic the subject of the first sentence in the article. For example, write "This style manual is a guide" instead of "This style guide is known as..." Use boldface ( in the edit tool bar) for the first (and only the first) appearance of the title. Generally speaking, words in parentheses do not need to be added to the first sentence. The first sentence of Swamp toad (creature) would be better as "Swamp toads are creatures" – rather than "Swamp toad (creature)".

Separating articles into sections makes them easy to read and navigate. Headings are used to split articles into sections.

### MarkupEdit

Use two equal signs (`==`) style markup for headings. Start with `==`, add the heading title, then end with `==`.

This section's heading was created with the markup:

`==Sections and headings==`

This subsection's heading was created with the markup:

`===Markup===`

### WordingEdit

• In a heading, capitalise only the first letter of the first word and the first letter of any proper nouns, and leave all of the other letters in lowercase. Quest titles, skills, names, cities, and so on should all have the first letter capitalised. For example, "Fishing equipment", not "Fishing Equipment".
• Make sure that the heading has an appropriate and accurate title, as this is important to help readers navigate the article. For example, do not make a "Monsters" section in an article about an area or dungeon and then include non-player characters in that section. Instead, make an "Inhabitants" section with "Monsters" and "NPCs" as subsections.

A lead (introduction) summarises the most important points of an article, creating interest in the topic. Thus, it should be limited to a few paragraphs. Certain information, such as strategies and trivia, should be in a separate section instead of in the lead. This applies only to articles that are of sufficient length to incorporate a lead.

Articles about a subject that are referred to by their in-game name and full name should mention the in-game name before mentioning the full name. For example, on Millie Miller, the start of the article should say something in the format of "Millie Miller, full name Millicent Miller, ...". When the in-game name is part of the subject's full name, the full name should be included right away. For example, Reldo should start by mentioning his full name, Reldo Trimmly. See the bolding section for more information about bolding guidelines.

## Text elementsEdit

• Every time an article is mentioned on the page, you don't have to link to every single one. For example, lobster may be mentioned five times. You only have to link to lobster once. You can link to articles more than once if the page is very long.
• When a skill is linked to, the name of the skill should be used, not a short form or a different spelling of it. Instead of saying "`this item can be [[Mining|mined]] by...`" you should state "`this item can be obtained through the [[Mining]] skill by ...`."
• Piped link formats for simple plurals are generally unnecessary. For example, use `[[lobster]]s` instead of `[[lobster|lobsters]]`.
• While on the main space, code like `[[lobster]]s` appears with the whole word as a blue hyperlink. However, there is a bug if you view it in the Visual Editor where the last "s" in "lobsters" will not be part of the blue colouring of the hyperlink.
• On the other hand, use `[[wolf|wolves]]` instead of `[[wolf]]s` when appropriate. Don't be afraid to use a piped link when necessary, particularly if avoiding them contorts the language unnecessarily or introduces spelling or grammatical errors into the article. Piped links have legitimate uses in an article.
• When including wiki-links in an article, there is no need to use underscores, since the software produces them automatically.
• Do not place the last letters of a plural outside of a link that already has alternate text. For example, `[[wikipedia:anti-aliasing|anti-aliasing artefacts]]` should be used instead of `[[wikipedia:anti-aliasing|anti-aliasing artefact]]s`.