Free Software Magazine’s style guide
A quick list of rules to follow while writing articles for Free Software Magazine
Here is a list of points which must be followed while writing for Free Software Magazine:
The technical side
- Hand in your article using the online interface. Don't send your article as an attachment.
- The figures must be 9.1cm wide, and between 5cm and 10 cm high and in JPEG format. All images must be at 300 DPI. In pixels, that is 1075 x (591 - 1181).
- Download a new, up to date article template file (XML) from the Write for us page) before writing your article.
- Do not abuse the bold (like I just did with the not).
Words, words, words
- Refer to the Linux kernel as Linux. Refer to GNU/Linux (as in the kernel + all the support programs and libraries) as GNU/Linux.
- Use free software (NOT freeware) for free or open source software, shareware for shareware software, and proprietary software (NOT commercial software) for software that is not free.
- Do not use Capital Letters at the beginning of Words unless you are typing a Proper Noun (like Linus Torvalds, Microsoft, etc.). Improper capitalisation is a real pain for editors.
- Do capitalise acronyms (like IBM which means International business Machines, TCP which means Transport Control Protocol, and so on).
- Spell check your article before sending it. If you are writing them 5 minutes before the deadline, jump on a time machine and re-read them 48 hours after finishing them.
- Write the word internet with a small i. We are trying to create a new trend.
- Do not capitalise headings (in this section I wrote Words, words, words rather than Words, Words, Words).
- If you are the sole author of the article, refer to yourself as I (rather than we). For example: In this article I will show how to .... If you are writing (and signing) the article with somebody else, refer to yourselves as we.
- When addressing the readers, use you. Avoid Prince Charles’ one (one should be careful [...]).
- Use either English spellings or American spellings, but be consistent throughout the article.
- Separate each section of the article with a heading (like Style issues here). If you can’t, the article probably has a structural problem.
- Write in a semi-informal way.