Happolati’s Miscellany is a collaborative blog, and diversity brings with it a pressing need for order. So, below the fold, I bring you The HM Style Guide, which henceforth will be linked in the left sidebar. The guide will be revised and expanded periodically.
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The HM Style Guide
- Titles will ideally be both clever and descriptive. Likewise for the text of very short posts, such as link posts. Don’t repeat the title in the post content, even for short link posts.
- In titles, all nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, and subordinating conjunctions (‘if,’ ‘because,’ ‘as,’ ‘that’) should be capitalized. Articles (‘a,’ ‘an,’ ‘the’), coordinating conjunctions (‘and,’ ‘but,’ ‘or,’ ‘for,’ ‘nor’), and prepositions should be left in lowercase, unless they are the first or last word of the title.
- Use full punctuation and proper grammar for post content, even in very short posts.
- Use a single space after periods.
- Employ the Oxford comma: “English, French, and German,” not “English, French and German.”
- Place closing quotation marks outside of periods and commas (as demonstrated in the previous point).
- Use Canadian spelling (Will S. offers pointers in the comments).
- Prefer plain English words to fancy Latin or Greek ones (C. S. Lewis: “Don’t implement promises, but keep them.”).
- Not really style, but: space out posts using the scheduling function—an hour (or even just half an hour on a busier day) is fine.