Combat Rules Writing Style Guide
Avoid acronyms in the rules, they are a barrier to understanding. The SCA is a well-established concept so can be used, including as SCA Inc, SCA Ltd and SCANZ
- MIC = Marshal-in-Charge
- RMIC = Rapier Marshal-in-Charge
- RMIT = Rapier Marshal-in-Training
- EqMIC = Equestrian Marshal-in-Charge
- KEM = Kingdom Earl Marshal (or just Earl Marshal), not Kingdom Equestrian Marshal
- KRM = Kingdom Fencing Marshal
- KEO = Kingdom Equestrian Officer
- SRM = Deputy Society Marshal for Rapier
- SEO = Society Equestrian Officer (Deputy Society Marshal for Equestrian)
Roles and job titles
- rostered marshal - when someone needs to be an authorised marshal who is a current member (not an auxiliary marshal)
- marshal - when any level of marshal will do - eg auxiliary marshal
- Marshal-in-Charge - person responsible for a combat event - eg a practice, or a tournament, or pick up field
- Society Marshal - not Society Earl Marshal. Marshal of the Society is also used.
Avoid gendered language
We are a Society of very diverse people, so should avoid using gendered terms. Use the singular they.
- his or her = their
- he or she = they
- himself or herself = themself (use themselves for more than one person)
- him or her = them
- My Lord/My Lady, you are slain = Fighter, you are slain
Fractions and decimals
- Use fractions when using inches (the decimal numbers get weird)
- Use decimals for metric units.
- use plain text - don't uses special characters as it breaks the pdf generation
To make your content easy to understand, use plain English:
- Use clear and straightforward language.
- Use the active voice.
- Use positive language wherever possible.
- Be direct and concise.
- Begin instructional headings with an active imperative verb.
Use these simple words to help make your content clear and easy to understand:
in regard to
in respect of
with reference to
|agree||are in agreement|
|because of||as a consequence of|
|by or from||on the basis of|
|by or under||in accordance with|
|changed or move||transition|
|developing||the development of|
|end or stop||discontinue|
|except for||with the exception of|
|for||on behalf of|
|most||the majority of|
|start or begin||commence|
|taking into account||with due regard to|
|to||in order to|
Hyphenate when two words need to be taken together to describe (modify) another word (noun). Hyphenate words that have to be taken together to make sense.
|Hyphenate examples||Don’t hyphenate examples|
|sign-off tasks||The marshal will sign off the paperwork.|
|Callum is the Marshal-in-Charge of the tourney||Find out who is the marshal in charge of this bout.|
|easy-to-read document||The document is easy to read.|
|re-sign (sign again)||resign (give up)|
|this is the up-to-date version of the rules||The rules are up to date.|