NovaRoma talk:Wiki Editing for Romans

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Italics and Bold

This wiki is going to contain lots of Latin words used within non-Latin articles. It would be much easier to read such articles if the Latin words were clearly marked as such. There is already a convention in academic writing that italics are used for words in languages other than the main language of the text. With all that in mind I'd like to suggest that we use italics exclusively for words in languages other than the main language of the article, and make this usage compulsory. This will leave us with only one level of emphasis (bold), but do we really need more than one? Cordus 11:23, 25 June 2006 (CDT)

I don't disagree at all. Making it compulsory won't be easy, particularly in cases where we see "Consuls" in one place and Consules elsewhere, but it seems a reasonable suggestion. Q. Caecilius Metellus 13:28, 25 June 2006 (CDT)
Yes, we'll probably never get complete consistency, but we can get close to it by a two-armed strategy: the first is to ask people to follow this policy when editing articles, and the second is to give tinkerers like myself carte blanche to italicize Latin words in other people's articles. At the moment what's holding me back from doing is that we have no officially stated policy to do it. Cordus 07:11, 26 June 2006 (CDT)
I think we can go one better. I think we can make a bot that we can load up with a Latin wordlist and then unleash on the wiki. It would check for italics and provide them when missing. First: policy. Second: army of 'bots. M. Lucretius Agricola 07:42, 26 June 2006 (CDT)
I say "Go for it!". The bots could certainly help, though, of course, they can't get everything, but giving "tinkerers" Cordus will help us get it through. I don't forsee any problems other than the ones already mentioned. Q. Caecilius Metellus 13:22, 26 June 2006 (CDT)
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