Wiki Style Standards

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This page is to function as a reference for the Wiki Style Guide. The main article is here: [1] and will be summarized below for insights particularly relevant to this Wiki.


Abbreviations are shortened forms of words or phrases. In strict analysis, they are distinct from contractions, which use an apostrophe, and initialisms. An initialism is formed from some or all of the initial letters of words in a phrase. Below, references to abbreviations should be taken to include acronyms, and the term acronym to apply also to initialisms.

Write out both the full version and the abbreviation at first occurrence When an abbreviation will be used in an article, first introduce it using the full expression:

  an early local area network (LAN) developed by Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) ... DEC's later LAN products were ...