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Guideline Choosing between British and American spelling, or others.
Add'l info Should we follow a regional spelling style?




Nellie's Thoughts

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 recall an attempt to compromise once upon a time, but prefer "the individual page/resource must maintain a consistent spelling throughout" (above). - Kim Tucker 23:05, 22 October 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)