DAISYpedia Article Submission Guidelines

Original Author(s): Prashant Ranjan Verma

Before You Start Writing Your Article

  • Choose a topic carefully — one that is not already covered. Remember to search DAISYpedia to be sure. Duplicate articles will not be published.
  • Finding a good topic to write about is extremely important. Try to find a general topic useful for most people and has not yet been written.
  • Check out the DAISYpedia To-Do List and see if you can contribute any one of the requested articles or improve the articles which are flagged for editing.
  • Research your facts and techniques from a variety of sources and your own experiences. Express ideas in your own words, but always credit your sources to avoid plagiarism. Obtain explicit permission from another author to legally import copyrighted content.
  • Expect your writing to be modified, critiqued, and improved by others. Changes should be viewed in the spirit of improvement and not as a negative criticism of your approach or capabilities.

Choosing a Title for Your Article

The best titles use the fewest words. They should contain the keywords that someone would put into a search box if they were looking for it. Choose more commonly searched titles whenever possible.

Choose a Category

Categorizing makes it easier for others to locate your article. Look up the categories on DAISYpedia and mention the suitable category while creating your article. If your article does not fit in any of the existing categories then you may submit your suggestion for a new category using the Contact Us Form.

Article Structure

  • Generally articles would have an introduction followed by description of the steps or instruction for accomplishing the task and then end with links to other related resources. The article Convert a Word document into a DTBook is a good example.
  • Make your article complete and self-sufficient. A good article should not require the reader to go to another website in order to complete the task.
  • Make use of Heading Style to structure your article. Apply Heading styles 2 through 6 to the various sections in your article depending upon their hierarchy. Heading style 1 is reserved for the article title.
  • Use numbered and bulleted lists wherever appropriate.
  • Format tabular data in tables instead of using Tabs or Columns.
  • Use screenshots and videos to explain if available. Include text descriptions for the images and the videos used in the article.

Article Language and styling

  • Use accepted styles such as specified in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:STYLE.
    Note: DAISY is an acronym and should always be capitalized except where used in filenames.
  • Write in Standard English. Both British and American English are acceptable, but be consistent with one or the other. Capitalize the first word of each sentence and end with a period (full stop).
  • Avoid using ALL CAPS, Internet shorthand and emoticons.
  • Do not use large or colored text for emphasis.
  • Make sure the article is free from spelling and grammatical mistakes.
  • Abbreviations, if used, should be elaborated at least once in the article.
  • Keep sentences short and simple. Use concise words to make your instructions easy to follow. Use plain English: avoid jargon, vague phrases, and unnecessary complexity.
  • Clarify with detailed explanation. Be descriptive. Adjectives such as "cool", "nice", "terrific," "great" or "unique" mean very little.
  • Avoid personal reference. Replace “I", "me", "my", "mine", "our", "we" or "us” with "you" or "your" to address the reader. Use terms to address the general public.
  • When creating hyperlinks, use specific keywords in the link text per accessibility and search engine guidelines. Do not create links such as “Click here”.
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This page was last edited by PVerma on Thursday, September 16, 2010 10:25
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