Hi there folks. There has been some recent discussion in chat and on the wiki about italicization and when and where to use it on the wiki. I decided to take care of some of the concerns and write a guide to italicization from the point of view of a writer. To my knowledge, this guide will be true for most (if not all) Manuals of Style.
If you notice something incorrect here, please comment and I will address the issue as best I can.
So, why this discussion? As we are aiming to be a proper Fallout encyclopedia, we should be doing our best to follow proper grammatical conventions, and this falls under that umbrella. It gives us more credibility and gives our wiki a more professional look. Therefore, I will now detail situational use to italics and their place on our wiki.
Please note that this is a guide for italicization as it pertains to proper English; some of these rules have yet to be applied to the wiki, and should undergo discussion before implementation.
Generally, titles of major works are italicized in all cases. Major works itself is an interpretative definition, but for the most part should be self evident. For the sake of clarity, I will detail examples below.
- Journals and Magazines (Time, Nature, People, etc.)
- Books (The Catcher in the Rye, The Lord of the Rings, etc.)
- Newspapers (the New York Times, the London Gazette, etc.)
- Note that the 'the' in newspaper titles remains unitalicized
- Long musical pieces (Bizet's Carmen, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, etc.)
- Long poems (Beowulf, Paradise Lost)
- Cinema (The Wolf of Wall Street, Doctor Zhivago, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, etc.)
- Television (Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Family Guy)
- Artwork (Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, No. 5, etc.)
- Famous speeches (Gettysburg Address, I Have a Dream, etc.)
- Long sacred works (The Bible, The Koran)
- Subsections of major works (Television episodes, arias, acts, etc.)
- Short stories, small poems, newspaper articles
On our wiki
The following items should be italicized:
- Games in the Fallout series (eg. Fallout, Fallout: New Vegas), uncluding anny reference to the series itself, as detailed previously
- Major add-ons should also be italicized (eg. Mothership Zeta, Gun Runners' Arsenal)
- Skill books (Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor, Pugilism Illustrated)
- Skill magazines (Locksmith's Reader, Lad's Life)
- Anything else within the universe that so applies above
Names of vehicles should be italicized.
- Civilian ships (Titanic, Queen Mary)
- Warships (USS Arizona, HMS Pinafore)
- Note that the 'USS', 'HMS', and 'RMS' prefixes remain unitalicized
- Historical ships (Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria)be
- Spaceships (Columbia, Discovery)
- Name-brand vehicles (Ford Explorer, Nissan Sentra)
- Rockets: The Saturn V rocket would be unitalicized
- Mission names (Apollo 15, Gemini 6)
- Satellites/Orbiting stations
On our wiki
All ships should be italicized. Some of the spaceships should also be italicized, but not the rockets.
All foreign words should be italicized, even ones common in the English vernacular (et cetera, quid pro quo, etc.), but abbreviations of these remain standard. Foreign language references should also be italicized (such as a name being reference to a Spanish term). In that case, the name would remain unitalicized, even if it matched exactly, while the word in the reference would be italicized.
Quatro is Spanish for four.
This where this gets a little tricky. Technically, any italicized term also present in an article title should be italicized there as well; titles of encyclopedia sections follow this convention, as does wikipedia. For us, this would mean italicizing all of out skill books, magazines, ships, add-ons, and more. Personally, I am in favor of this, but clearly it needs to be discussed.
There exists a template that can be used to italicize titles of pages:
This allows pages to be named in any fashion, but we would only use it for italicization. What this doesn't do is rename the title of infoboxes; we would need to find a way to modify the template to properly display italicized text. It is possible this already exists, but I am unaware of how to do so.
Well, thanks for reading this. Any questions can be directed at me via talk page or comment here. I should note for legal purposes that any information used here is done so at your own risk and whatnot, and I'm not responsible for the consequences of said usage, and this is in no way official policy and should not be treated as such. Hope you all find this useful!