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This style guide explains SWTOR-RP formatting rules and grammar guidelines according to the Associated Press manual. For help setting up your page, see Help:Contents

OVERALL GUIDELINES

Every 500 words there needs to be a picture (Walls of text are not fun to read)

Do NOT make your own templates, please. If you have need a template ask the staff to assist you in making one.

Do NOT put "work in progress" or "under construction" on the page. It's a given that ALL of these pages are still under construction. However, if you feel it appropriate place the {{WIP}} tag at the top of the page.

In order of a non-guide page to be considered complete, you must have the following: an opening paragraph, a quote about the subject from a character, a history section written in prose, must contain over a thousand words total, and have an information box with a picture representing the character in the box.

IMAGE USE

All images must be in information boxes. No images should be just stuck on a page. You may know how to place images next to your header, but not everyone does, and it certainly isn't going to be uniform.

Original Artwork will be used for all wikki images. Original artwork consists of art created by the user or commissioned for the user or screen captures from within The Old Republic game itself.

Image content should follow the same guidelines as posting to the public area of the forums.

The Maximum size for images on a personal page is 350 by 350 pixels and 600 by 350 pixels on all others.

Grammar

PUNCTUATION

The purpose of punctuation is to clarify meaning.

Periods indicate ellipsis or a significant pause in a train of thought.
He said: “I will speak… in all 50 states.”
Coeur d’Alene needs better streets… and more long-range city planning.

Use dashes sparingly. Use to show significant pause, abrupt break in thought or broken speech.
I asked for bread and they gave me -- a stone. “ I – I don’t know. I am not the man –“

Use figures and spell out inches, feet, yards etc. However, use apostrophes (5’6”) to indicate inches and feet in technical contexts.
He is 5 feet 6 inches tall. The basketball team signed a 7-footer. the 6-foot-5 forward

Use a comma before the concluding conjunction in a series if an integral element of the series requires a conjunction, or if there is a complex series of phrases.
I had orange juice, toast, and ham and eggs for breakfast.
The main points to consider are whether the athletes are skillful enough to compete, whether they have the stamina to endure training, and whether they have the proper mental attitude.

DO NOT use close-quote marks at the end of the first paragraph if a full paragraph of quoted material is followed by a paragraph that continues the quotation.
Use open quote marks at the start of the second paragraph.
He said, “I am shocked and horrified by the incident.

“I am so horrified, in fact, that I will ask for the death penalty.”

If a paragraph does not start with quotation marks but ends with a quotation that is continued into the next paragraph, DO NOT use close-quote marks at the end of the introductory paragraph if the quoted material constitutes a full sentence. Use close-quote marks, however, if the quoted material does not constitute a full sentence.
He said he was “shocked and horrified by the incident.”

“I am so horrified, in fact, that I will ask for the death penalty,” he said.

NUMERALS

Use figures for all numbers above nine; spell out all numbers under 10. (Note, however, the exceptions below.)

Spell out numbers, no matter how large, when they begin sentences; rephrase the sentence if long numbers are awkward. Exception: When starting a sentence with a year, do not write it out.
1999 was a very good year.

Use 21 million instead of 21,000,000.

DO NOT use Roman numerals except when they are part of a title or a name.
World War I World War II King Henry VIII Rocco Colabella III

Fractions standing alone are spelled out.
One-fourth of the students

ABBREVIATIONS AND TITLES

Never use an abbreviation that will not be easily understood.

Abbreviate names of months more than five letters when followed by a date, but spell out when referring to the month generally. DO NOT abbreviate March, April, May, June, July.
in February Feb. 5 March 30 April 7 Sept. 10, 2000
in September 2000

Abbreviate titles followed by a name. DO NOT abbreviate titles following names or standing alone.
Prof. Lyle E. Harris Lt. Gen.
Assoc. Prof. Tim Pilgrim Maj. Gen.
Asst. Prof. Cheryl Breeden Brig. Gen.
Atty. Gen. Col.
Gov. Lt. Col.
Lt. Gov. Maj.
Sen. Capt. 
Rep. 1st Lt.
Gen. 2nd Lt.

DO NOT abbreviate president, secretary, treasurer, principal, major, superintendent, commodore, director, attorney, manager, auditor, justice, one-syllable titles or any title that is not generally recognized in its abbreviated form. Spell out titles of Navy enlisted men (Boatswain’s Mate 1.C., Chief Gunner’s Mate, Seaman 2.C., etc.).

Abbreviate Co., Inc., Ltd. and Corp. when part of a corporate title.

Always give the first names or initials of persons the first time they appear in a story.

Use Dr. only for physicians, dentists members of the paramedical professions (osteopaths, optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists etc.) and clergymen who hold earned or honorary doctorates.

After first use in a compound title, use only the main word of title.
Lt. Col. Mark J. Clark Col. Clark
Master Sgt. June S. Yeap Sgt. Yeap
Asst. Prof. Alice Boyer Prof. Boyer

CAPITALIZATION

Capitalize titles preceding and attached to a name, but use lower case if the title follows a name or stands by itself. Long titles should follow the name.
President Karen Morse 
Karen Morse, president of Western Washington University
Mayor Richard Stevens the mayor
Presidents Bush and Clinton

Capitalize names of races and nationalities, but put descriptive adjectives in lower case
Negro Oriental Egyptian Caucasian white black colored

Capitalize the formal names of congressional committees, specific courts, government agencies, etc.
Senate House Legislature Parliament
City Council Supreme Court Foreign Relations Committee

Capitalize chapter, room, highway, etc. when followed by a number or letter.
Administration 33 Lakeway Inn, Room 2 Interstate 5

Capitalize the names of the planets, stars and groups of stars. Capitalize earth only when using it in association with the names of other astronomical bodies that are capitalized.
The planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus…
The sun warms the earth.

DO NOT capitalize a.m. and p.m. Always use figures with them. Do not use spaces in the abbreviations.
9:35 a.m. 9 a.m. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3 to 5 p.m. noon
midnight

DO NOT capitalize the seasons.
summer winter fall spring

MISCELLANEOUS

Their, they’re, there
Their is a possessive pronoun: They went to their cabin.
There is an adverb indicating direction: We went there for a movie.
There is also used with the force of a pronoun for impersonal construction in which the real subject follows the verb: There is food in the kitchen.
They're is a contraction for “they are”: They’re all doing so well.


This AP short guide is modeled on one made available in the past by the University of Montana School of Journalism and by North Idaho College. It is based on material in "The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on media law," copyright 2002.