|Guideline||Choosing between British and American spelling, or others.|
|Add'l info||Should we follow a regional spelling style?|
As a Canadian, I used to use British spelling until I started using word processors and American spelling checkers. I now use American spelling because I am working on my dissertation and am affiliated with an American university.
- In the discussion at this discussion thread, it was proposed that there be no official spelling for user content, but that the individual page/resource must maintain a consistent spelling throughout. This is something I'm all for, but I would suggest that official WE content maintain a consistent spelling as a whole, but which should it be? --Jesse Groppi 17:38, 30 August 2009 (UTC)
- I agree with Kim. but how can we ensure consistency? --Nellie Deutsch 05:08, 23 October 2009 (UTC)
- I do not think we can ensure consistency 100%, however if we made the attempt, it would probably involve this workgroup (at its mature state of watchful helper), a section in the metadata template that asks what language the content is in, and some healthy marketing of the style guide.
- I will suggest the guideline become "Any individual page or resource (if it is a collection of pages) should maintain a consistent dialect." In additional info, I would put the definition of dialect as it pertains to the guideline (not necessarily the official linguistic definition), a clarification about page collections: "Resources made up of multiple pages should maintain a single dialect overall", and a description of the core document caveat: "All core documents (those in the Wikieducator: or Help: namespaces) should be in a single dialect. This dialect has historically been UK English." Please let me know if you would make any changes. --Jesse Groppi 15:38, 23 October 2009 (UTC)