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Editing with Style[edit]

So by now you've learned how to make edits. The point of this page is to teach you how to edit and format body text to make it look classy. This page will review some simple English grammar, as well as common mistakes, and how to format certain types of text. For more information see the wiki's standards and formatting guidelines. In fact, the bulk of the material on this page comes directly from that one.

Grammar Styles[edit]

The language used on D&D Wiki is U.S. English. The only exception to this is proper nouns that are spelled in a way to reflect in-game culture. This is not meant to alienate anyone, but is taking standards set forth by WoTC.

Some examples of U.S. English vs. U.K. English: favorite instead of favourite, maneuver instead of manoeuvre, -ize instead of -ise, armor instead of armour, or aluminum instead of aluminium.

For those who do not write in U.S. English but wish to participate and adhere to standards, web browsers like Firefox 3 have built in spell checkers with the ability to install U.S. English dictionaries.

When to Italicize and Capitalize (DnD Guideline)

Common Misspellings[edit]

Misspellings Correct
lightening (illuminating) lightning (electricity)
mithril (J. R. R. Tolkien) mithral (Gygax)
rouge (a color) rogue (a scoundrel)
diety (weight-lossy) deity (god[dess])

Commonly Used Special Characters[edit]

Character Code Description
− Minus sign
– En dash: literally means "through" (19–20, 1st–9th)
— Em dash: used to represent values of N/A or Nil (e.g. a non-ability "Con —")
× × Multiplication sign
→ Right arrow: used for the "Back to" footers
‘ Left single quotation mark
’ Right single quotation mark; also used as an apostrophe
“ Left double quotation mark
” Right double quotation mark


  • The common usage of "affect" is a verb. (This only affects non-living matter.) The common usage of "effect" is a noun. (Living matter is not subject to this effect.)
    • An "affect", as a noun, is a physical manifestation of an emotion, such as a frown indicating sadness. To "effect", as a verb, is to put into practice; "to effect a change" is to make that change happen. These uses are somewhat uncommon.
  • "Half-elf" and "half-orc" are not subtypes. Half-elves are humanoids with the elf subtype, and half-orcs are humanoids with the orc subtype.
  • "Subdual" was a 3.0 term. In 3.5 it's now called "nonlethal."
  • Magic/psionic weapons and armor names have the enhancement bonus listed first, such as a +1 flaming longsword. Other magic/psionic items with bonuses in their names list the bonus last, such as bracers of armor +6.
  • Dark elves are typically referred to as "drow" or "dark elves," but not "drow elves." The same is true several other races: "gray dwarves" or "duergar," "deep gnomes" or "svirfneblin," "tallfellows" (not "tallfellow halflings"), "blues" (not "blue goblins").

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