# Contribute to NFT School
Thank you for your interest in contributing to NFT School! As an open-source project, this site relies on people like you to suggest, create, and improve content to make the NFT developer experience better for everyone.
To get started, check the GitHub repo to see what existing content request issues (opens new window) are looking for writers — or if you'd like to add something completely new, open an issue (opens new window) to suggest new content. Once you've got a project in mind, the guidelines below can help you create content that's clear, compelling, and valuable to the reader.
# Types of content
Content on NFT School falls into four categories, all designed to help readers understand topics but each taking a slightly different approach to doing so:
# Concept guides
Concept guides are written with the intent to inform and explain something. Unlike tutorials or how-tos, they don't contain any steps or actions that the reader has to perform right now in order to succeed.
Because concept guides often deal with challenging topics, including diagrams or other visualizations can make them significantly more helpful for the reader. When writing a concept guide for NFT School, please use the following basic structure for consistency with other concept guides:
- Introduction to the concept you're about to explain.
- What the concept is.
- Why it's essential.
- What other concepts it relates to, including tutorials or how-tos if appropriate.
- A summary review.
When writing a tutorial, you're teaching a reader how to achieve a complex goal. Because of this, the best tutorials are a mix of a concept guide and one or more how-tos. They may need to be structured into several pages or sections to make them more easily digestible to the reader.
When designing a tutorial, keep in mind any other concept guides and how-tos that already exist; leveraging them can make your writing task easier, as well as provide a more consistent experience for readers.
A how-to does what it says: It explains to the reader how to do something. It doesn't need to explain a concept or convince the reader of something; it's simply a set of instructions the reader must follow to achieve a process or function.
How-tos are short (aim for 2-10 minutes reading time), process-oriented, and teach the reader by doing — they present the reader with concrete steps on where to go, what to type, and things they should click on. Use numbered lists and other hierarchical organization when possible to help establish sequence, and remember that screenshots and code examples go a long way to clearly convey actions to the reader.
Because how-tos are so goal-oriented, they are often the content used most frequently by novices. Keep this in mind, and create as simple of content as possible; you can always point the reader to more complex material that they can explore if they wish.
When writing a how-to for NFT School, please use the following basic structure:
- What we're about to do.
- The steps we need to do.
- Summary of what we just did plus potential next steps.
# Reference materials
Think of reference materials like you would a dictionary or encyclopedia: Resources to quickly help you find your way or solve a problem, but not items you might read end-to-end.
Reference materials are often in list, tabular, or a similar form, so think carefully about how the reader might scan or search for information, and prioritize accordingly. Having a clear hierarchy of information can make a complex reference guide like metatdata documentation significantly easier to visually scan and use.
# Grammar, formatting, and style
Below is a summary of grammatical and style guidance for creating content for NFT School. Adhering to the guidelines below helps make content on the site consistent, professional, and easy to uderstand and use.
# Grammar and spelling
# American English
For the sake of consistency, NFT School uses American English spelling. Some basic rules for converting other styles of English into American English:
- Swap the
zin words like categorize and pluralize.
- Remove the
ufrom words like color and honor.
terin words like center.
# The Oxford comma
Follow each list of three or more items with a comma
|Use||Do not use|
|One, two, three, and four.||One, two, three and four.|
|Henry, Elizabeth, and George.||Henry, Elizabeth and George.|
If you have to use an acronym, spell the full phrase first and include the acronym in parentheses
() the first time it is used in a document. Exception: This generally isn't necessary for commonly encountered acronyms like NFT.
virtual vachine (VM), decentralized web (DWeb).
NFT School follows the GitHub Flavored Markdown syntax. This way, readers have the option to view articles on either the main NFT School website or its GitHub repo (opens new window).
We use the rules set out in the VSCode Markdownlint (opens new window) extension. You can import these rules into any text editor like Vim or Sublime. All rules are listed within the Markdownlint repository (opens new window).
# Relative links
If you include internal (relative) links to other content on NFT School, please link to them using full relative paths (e.g. use
../ for climbing a directory) and specifying the file's full name (e.g.
awesome-tutorial.md#subheading). This ensures that users who read NFT School content directly in-repo on GitHub's web UI are able to follow relative links correctly.
# Text style
All titles follow sentence structure. Only names and places are capitalized, along with the first letter of the title. All other letters are lowercase:
## This is a title ### Only capitalize names and places #### The capital city of France is Paris
Every article starts with a frontmatter title and description:
--- title: Example article description: This is a brief description that shows up in link teasers in services like Twitter and Slack. --- ## This is a subtitle Example body text.
In the above example,
title: serves as a
# tag. There is only ever one title of this level in each article.
Titles do not contain punctuation. If you have a question within your title, rephrase it as a statement:
<!-- This title is wrong. --> ## What is IPFS? <!-- This title is better. --> ## IPFS explained
# Bold text
Use bold text when the reader must interact with something displayed as text: buttons, hyperlinks, images with text in them, window names, and icons.
In the **Login** window, enter your email into the **Username** field and click **Sign in**.
Style the names of things in italics, except input fields or buttons:
Here are some American things: - The _Spirit of St Louis_. - The _White House_. - The United States _Declaration of Independence_. Try entering them into the **American** field and clicking **Accept**.
Quotes or sections of quoted text are styled in italics and surrounded by double quotes
In the wise words of Winnie the Pooh, _"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day."_
# Code blocks
Tag code blocks with the syntax of the core they are presenting:
# Command-line examples
Write command-line inputs without any other characters. Precede outputs from the command line with a greater-than sign
>. Include an empty line between the input and output of a command-line example:
```bash ping ipfs.io > PING ipfs.io (126.96.36.199): 56 data bytes > 64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=0 ttl=53 time=15.830 ms > 64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=1 ttl=53 time=19.779 ms > 64 bytes from 220.127.116.11: icmp_seq=2 ttl=53 time=20.778 ms > 64 bytes from 18.104.22.168: icmp_seq=3 ttl=53 time=20.578 ms > --- ipfs.io ping statistics --- > 4 packets transmitted, 4 packets received, 0.0% packet loss ```
Command-line examples can be truncated with three periods
... to remove extraneous information:
```bash ping ipfs.io > PING ipfs.io (22.214.171.124): 56 data bytes > 64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=0 ttl=53 time=15.830 ms > ... > 4 packets transmitted, 4 packets received, 0.0% packet loss ```
# Inline code tags
Surround directories, file names, and version numbers between inline code tags
Version `1.2.0` of the program is stored in `~/code/examples`. Open `exporter.exe` to run the program.
All list items follow sentence structure. Only names and places are capitalized, along with the first letter of the list item. All other letters are lowercase:
- Never leave Nottingham without a sandwich.
- Brian May played guitar for Queen.
List items end with a period
., or a colon
: if the list item has a sub-list:
- Charles Dickens novels:
- Oliver Twist.
- Nicholas Nickelby.
- David Copperfield.
- J.R.R Tolkien non-fiction books:
- The Hobbit.
- Letters from Father Christmas.
# Special characters
Whenever possible, spell out the name of a special character, followed by an example of the character itself within a code block.
Use the dollar sign `$` to enter debug-mode.
# Keyboard shortcuts
When instructing the reader to use a keyboard shortcut, surround individual keys in code tags:
Press `ctrl` + `c` to copy the highlighted text.
The plus symbol
+ stays outside the code tags.
# Image guidelines
# Alt text
All images contain alt text so that screen-reading programs can describe the image to users with limited sight:
![Screenshot of an image being uploaded through the IPFS desktop application.](images/ipfs-desktop-image-upload-screen.png)
# Storage location
Store images in a folder called
images within the same directory as the article in which the image is presented. If there are several articles within the same directory, create a new folder within
images for each article. For example, the article
upload-a-photo.md contains the following line:
![Screenshot of an image being uploaded through the IPFS desktop application.](images/upload-a-photo/ipfs-desktop-image-upload-screen.png)
The directory structure of this article looks like this:
ipfs-desktop/ ├── download-the-config.md ├── images │ └── upload-a-photo │ └── ipfs-desktop-image-upload-screen.png └── upload-a-photo.md
There are no images within the
download-the-config.md article, so there is no folder within the
images directory for that article.
# File names
All file names are lowercase with dashes
- between words, including image files:
ipfs-desktop/ ├── add-a-user.md ├── enable-debug-mode.md ├── images │ ├── additional-information-screen.png │ ├── dark-mode-enabled.png │ └── user-profile-image.png ├── log-into-the-application.md └── upload-a-photo.md