CLiki Style
A typical CLiki page consists of an article, ideally in Inverted Pyramid style, followed optionally by comments (emphasized with the <em> tag) separated by <hr /> tags.


  • The first sentence of an article is used as a summary in search results and topic listings. Try to make it brief and informative.
  • The Inverted Pyramid style is the recommended way to write CLiki pages. The ideal article begins with the conclusion, expressed as a single sentence. The first or next paragraph of text should then go on to give the most important points, leaving the details and supporting information to be expounded in the rest of the article.
  • Don't use relative date or version references. Terms like "new", "old", "recently" or "a month ago" don't help anyone if they don't know how long ago you wrote them. Try "in 2002", "as of 2004.08.20", "version 4" or some absolute term instead.
  • More advice on good style can be found in Constance Hale's book Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose.

Q: should the page name appear in the first sentence? This leads to a lot of repetition in the search results. -- Roland Kaufmann

A: I'm not really qualified to give an answer but CLiki is not terribly active so instead of waiting for qualified answer for some more years, let's just say it: No. Given the current engine behaviour, the page name should not appear in the first sentence. — akater

Q: Cliki is mostly a library reference. “library” may be safely considered synonymous with “asdf system” as of 2018-03-07. ASDF recognises systems when their names are written in lower-case and does not recognise systems when their names are written in upper-case, totally inversing the behaviour of “find-package”. Which is why I find it reasonable to never name articles about libraries in upper-case. It would also be nice to rename all existing ones appropriately and use upper case for something more deserving of user's attention. Agreed? — akater