Use straight quotation marks, not curly. Quotation marks are used for:
Single Quotation marks are used for:
- quoting words as words
- quick casual definitions (by me)
- 'brief'[?] examples
Double quotation marks
- long (basically sentence length) examples
- definitions quoted from [particularly] OED
- Their meaning is, literally, 'the things that should have been changed having been changed'.
- emphasis within a quotation, eg: "I may have been bored" (a verb phrase with 4 words). Avoid bold for this -- makes the page too noisy.
- foreign words
- letters within headword, eg to distinguish similar words
- no idea! Sometimes BIG, sometimes underline.
Use bold for the first instance of the headword (ie the article's title, or a word used in the article title). Further instances, bold if it seems a good idea :) but not to excess.
Special case: when the headword is a verb, and you want to refer to it as such, give the infinitive but with only the verb itself in bold, thus: 'To adjure'.
Some guidelines for article titles:
- Use the singular form. Eg noun, not nouns.
- Articles about several words (eg sets of homophones or common confusions), list the words separated by hyphens and spaces, thus: allowed - aloud.
- pages whose titles are errors -- Pronounciation (error)
One main use of AWE that readers will type in a misspelling into the search box, and find not only the correct spelling but be alerted to their mistake.
The convention for these is:
- create a page [[misspelled word]], as a redirect
- create a page [[correctly spelled word]], that has the article.
If the article for the word has a lot of material, perhaps consider making a dedicated article called [[word (spelling)]].