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Layout guide

Main article: Layout

Maximum widths

Because of the limitations of particularly the Oasis skin, but also in MonoBook there are constraints on how wide inserted items can be on various parts of the page.


  • Maximum widths of text, tables, divs, etc on a page is 650px. After that it will start to overlap other parts of the page or, in the case of tables, a horizontal scroll bar will appear on the table.

Images general

  • Maximum widths of individual images is 680px as they can be slightly larger without creating a problem however, images of that size are used only in exceptional cases. For images on article pages that need to be large (e.g. diagrams) set a maximum width of 450px
  • The IOTW has a maximum height of 600px
  • Slideshows on artist's pages are set to 600px
  • Infobox images are automatically set a maximum width of 270px

Images within content pages

  • Add the thumbnail code thumb to all images
  • In addition, for portrait images add a width code of 140px

Using only thumbnails will automatically set a maximum width of 250px, which is ideal for landscape images, however, in some cases due to image properties, you may need to add an individual width code ?px, to adjust to other images on the page. See editing history for Silchas Ruin for examples of standard thumbnails. Where there are only one image one or two images on a page, they may be set slightly larger but not exceeding 300px.

Writing style

Main article:Style


Our main aim is to accurately reflect the information given in the books. Thus, if the book is ambivalent about something the writing needs to reflect this. All information needs to be presented as factual and objective as possible. For example: the phrase 'where able to do something' implies a lot of things which the phrase 'did something' does not.


Do NOT add information based on vague memory. All edits should be made based on the editor having just read the relevant information in the book. Add a minimum of book and chapter reference to your edit.


Both authors of the Malazan world are Canadian therefore Canadian English will be used as the baseline language of this wiki.


Articles are generally written in past tense because there is no omnivalent present time in the Malazan world from the various readers' point of view. However, for real World articles, which include authors pages, as well as all book and chapter summaries, present tense is used. Within those book/chapter summaries, past perfect progressive is used where a characters recollect events of another past (see NoK Chapter 1 for example). Other than that, we write like historians in the future of the Malazan world writing about its past.


The general rule is that the first time linkable text appears on that page it should be linked to and on each subsequent instance it is unlinked (infoboxes and navboxes are exceptions here).

Very short articles

A subject may have only a single piece of information about it that can be sourced from a primary reference. In this case it can still have it's own article.



Hex codes for theme colours
Main title Subsequent titles Background
#4e00a5 #995cde #cca0fc

Links in titles need to be made white. Here is an example of how to do it: [[Lord Foul's Bane|<font color=black>Lord Foul's Bane</font>]]

New theme

Colour area Hex code Notes
Primary highlight #7800ff
Secondary highlight #7C7F83
Background #E5E6E6
Parchment #FFF9E6
Links #45A174
Visited links #804488
External website links #428EBD
Visited external website links #3C57AA
Red-links (empty pages) #BA0000
Visited red-links #A85858
Border lines #AAA
Spoiler notices #D00

Standard abbreviations

Linking codes and written abbreviations

Full Title Linking
Lord Foul's Bane LB LFB
The Illearth War IW tIW
The Power That Preserves PP tPtP
The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever tCoTCtU (??)

Full Title Linking
The Wounded Land WL tWL
The One Tree OT tOT
White Gold Wielder WW WGW

Full Title Linking
The Runes of the World RW tRotW
Fatal Revenant FR FR
Against All Things Ending AE AATE
The Last Dark LD tLD

Full Title Linking
The Atlast of the Land AL tAotL
Gilden-Fire GF GF

Using linking codes as written abbreviations is also acceptable (except for Assail). Using allcaps versions is also ok.

Edition abbreviations


Edition Name Preferred
Trade Paperback UK TPB
Mass-market Paperback UK MMPB
Hardcover UK HC


Edition Name Preferred
Trade Paperback US TPB
Mass-market Paperback US MMPB
Hardcover US HC
Science Fiction Book Club US SFBC

Subterranean Press

Edition Name Preferred
Numbered edition Sub Press No.
Lettered edition Sub Press Let.

PS Publishing

Edition Name Preferred
Trade Paperback PSP TPB
Mass-market Paperback PSP MMPB
Various Hardcover editions PSP HC

Night Shade Books

Edition Name Preferred
Hardcover NSB HC


Edition Name Preferred
Bookclub Association UK BCA
Epub Edition UK EP

Harper Voyager