Code4Lib Style Guide

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Start of Article

Article titles are in Title Case -- all major words capitalized. The title is followed by an abstract, which will be pulled from the excerpt section lower on the post page, and byline of the form "by Author" or "by Author 1, Author 2, and Author 3".

Headings

Use H2 for main section headings, H3 for sub-sections, H4 if you need a lower level. H2 are in "Title Case" -- all words capitalized, short words (the, a, in, up, over, about) should not be. H3 and H4 are in "Sentence case" -- only the first word is capitalized.

Figures & Tables

Figures and tables are centered, placed inside a P or DIV with class of "caption". For example:

<p class = "caption">
<img src = "....">
<strong>Caption for Figure</strong>
<p>

<div class = "caption">
<table>
<tr>...</tr>
</table>
</div>

Captions for figures appear beneath the figure, centered, with "Figure X:" in bold, the descriptive text in sentence case, plain text.

Captions for tables and code appear above the table, centered, with "Table X:" in bold, the descriptive text in sentence case, plain text.

Code

Code samples entered as preformatted text, as in the following example, are automagically color highlighted in Wordpress by the SyntaxHighlighter plugin:

[sourcecode language='php']
RAW HTML/PHP/XML/Etc. code goes here; change language (in above line) as needed
[/sourcecode]

Supported formats include cpp, c, c++, c#, c-sharp, csharp, css, delphi, java, js, jscript, javascript, pascal, php, py, python, rb, ruby, rails, ror, sql, vb, vb.net, xml, html, xhtml, and xslt. Pretty much everything except perl.

Note: do not surround code with <pre> tags, as the [sourcecode] tag itself will generate the necessary HTML.

End of Document

Recommended Reference Style Discussion:

CSE has been voted in as the official recommended style (see: Citation_discussion)

Endnote & Endnote References

A Bibliography and Notes section (if needed) immediately follows the last of the article's narrative text. References are indicated by author and year (Smith, 2007). Notes are indicated in the text either by note number in square brackets [1].

Bibliographies are recommended to follow CSE reference style. An author may choose to use a different bibliographic reference style, but should follow that style accurately.

Authors can refer to this guide for using the CSE Reference Style

Where notes refer to articles, books, etc., that are not available by direct link, insert a COINS element after the note.

About the Author

A sentence or two of brief biography, provided by the author(s), appears listed after the Notes.

Appendices

If there are appendices, they appear after the author biography.

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