Elements of Wiki Style




Page-Naming Style

Q: On Wikispaces, which page-naming convention is best?
  • Wiki+Plus+Style for page names? (Wikispaces)
The plus signs drop out during normal page display, so that My+Cool+Page displays as: My Cool Page
This is handled automatically and invisibly by Wikispaces. Just name your page Whatever You Want and the URL (web address) becomes:
http://SPACENAME.wikispaces.com/WHATEVER+YOU+WANT
This convention prevents page names from working correctly on backups to user's Windows operating system after "Export Space as HTML".
  • Traditional_Underscore_Style for page names? (Wikimedia) On some wiki systems, under_scores are handled like plus+signs, see above.
  • CamelHumpStyle for page names? (Ward Cunningham)
Also called InterCap, CrazyCase, WikiWikiWord style, etc.
  • alllowercasestyle for page names?
  • Just ignore the issue and let users name pages any-which-way-style?
What arguments favor each type? Programmers often prefer the underscores, but are these better, and why? If you like, you can help to edit this page, or add your thoughts to the discussion tab up top.



Page-Naming on Wikispaces (Internationalization)

Wikispaces stores all page and message data in UTF-8. This means that you can build your wiki in nearly any language on earth and it will appear correctly.
http://www.Wikispaces.com/help

What characters are not allowed in page names on Wikispaces?
Page names may not contain (Sep07):
  • ^ caret
  • : colon
  • | pipe or vertical bar
  • / forward slash
  • [ left square bracket
  • ] right square bracket
  • { left curly bracket
  • } right curly bracket
  • $ dollar sign
  • + plus sign
  • # number sign
  • @ at-symbol



Page-Naming Discussion from other sources

(Not recommendations, just what others are saying) ...

  • http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Page_name
    The canonical form of a full page name is shown in large font as the page header. Another type of canonical form is what is in URLs generated by the system, for this page "Help:Page_name" with an underscore. Alternative names for this page (on most projects) are help:page name, help:Page name, Help:page name and Help:Page name, but not Help:Page Name; the alternative names for this page on this project are the bolded ones (Sep07) ...


  • Generally, article naming should give priority to what the majority of English speakers would most easily recognize, with a reasonable minimum of ambiguity, while at the same time making linking to those articles easy and second nature.

  • Following consistent conventions in both naming and linking makes it more likely that links will lead to the right place. However, these are conventions, not rules written in stone. As Wikinews develops some conventions which once made sense may become outdated. Generally speaking, failure to follow a single convention by itself is not justification for moving or revert-moving articles without consensus on the article's talk page. But when in doubt, follow convention (Sep07) ...