The Dreadnought Project:Editing Guide
Welcome to the Editing Guide for Tone's Fighting Ships.
Individual ships are to be named where appropriate with the prefix first (e.g. H.M.S.), then the ship name, and then the year of launch in brackets.
Example: H.M.S. Dreadnought (1906)
Ship Class Articles
Ship class pages are created by ignoring the prefix (classes are not referred to as the "U.S.S. Nevada Class"), using the name of the lead ship of the class, followed by the word "Class", and then the year of launch for the earliest vessel of the class to be launched in brackets.
Example: Danton Class (1909)
Convention has it that ship names need to be highlighted in some way, and at Tone's Fighting Ships they are to be italicised. This applies to every ship name in every article. It does not however, apply to article titles.
Conventions regarding the style of class names is less well documented. On "Tone's Fighting Ships" the class name is to be italicised just like the ship name. "Class" ought to be capitalised at the beginning.
Example: Bellerophon Class.
At the start of every article, the first mention of the subject of the article should be entered in bold; for example at the top of this page Editing Guide has been so highlighted.
Ship names should be in bold - as well as in italics. The prefix will also be in bold.
Example: S.M.S. Bayern
With persons who are the subject of an article (for the most part naval men), their rank and title should not be highlighted.
Example: Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe, First Earl Jellicoe
American English is pervasive on the web, but TFS has a rich center (ooops... centre) in the ships, men and deeds of the Royal Navy, and is patterned after a storied British reference series, Jane's Fighting Ships. As such, grammar and spelling should veer toward UK English rather than American English. Some throwback words to the period might be nice, but don't overdo it.
In some sections covering foreign navies, use of foreign languages and even character-based text might seem right and natural. Such should be avoided unless the concept being discussed is truly different than something that can be described in English. Extended and repeated use of foreign language, characters outside A-Z, etc hampers authors, readers and generally harshes the buzz.
All articles on "Tone's Fighting Ships" need to be well-referenced. Referencing is easily accomplished. Make a statement in an article, then after the punctuation (full stop/period or comma for example) add <ref> - then the published or archival source for your statement - and then </ref>.
''Iron Duke's'' pendant number from April, 1918 to the armistice was 14.<ref>Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships: 1914-1919. p. 33.</ref>
Then for the results to be displayed, at the bottom of the page (above the categories) insert the following text:
==Footnotes== <small> <references/> </small>
The final statement and reference appears as:
Iron Duke's pendant number from April, 1918 to the armistice was 14.
- Dittmar; Colledge. British Warships: 1914-1919. p. 33.