OrthodoxWiki:Style Manual (Church Calendar)

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This page is an official policy on OrthodoxWiki. It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all users should follow. If you are part of the administration, please feel free to update this page as needed, but make sure that changes you make to this policy really do reflect OrthodoxWiki's perspective before you make them.

We're reworking the Church Calendar system so that the feasts of the day can be dynamically included on the Main Page. All 366 days of the calendar need to be worked on. Here's how it works:

Each article dedicated to a particular date (e.g., February 1) is formatted essentially as before, but the feast listing in it is now going to be loaded as a template (e.g., Template:February 1). So the article for February 1 should look like this:

{{February 1}}

[[Category:Calendar days]]

The template, however, is a little more complex. It will include a list of the feasts, along with an image. Please always make sure to include an image— if we don't have one for a saint of that day, you can either upload one and use it, or substitute an image of our Lord, our Lady, or the Holy Trinity (such as Image:Pantokrator of Sinai.jpg or Image:Theotokos of Vladimir.jpg or Image:Rublev Trinity.jpg). The template for Template:February 1 should look like this:

<div style="float:right;margin-left:1em">
[[Image:Brigid.jpg|100px|St. Brigid of Kildaire]]
</div>Martyr Tryphon of Syria; Martyr Perpetua of Carthage and her four companions; 
Basil the Confessor, archbishop of Thessalonika; New-martyr Anastasios of Anaplos; 
Venerable David and Simeon; Venerable [[Brigid of Kildaire]]

Everything about that formatting is vital to the scheme, including the list of saints right up next to that last </div> tag, and the sizing of the image at 100px. Make sure not to add in any other tags in the image link. Also be sure to make the list of saints one continuous line without line breaks (the example above includes line breaks so that it can be easily readable on this page).

Another thing to keep in mind is that we're not likely to create an article for every saint on the calendar (though that would be great!). As such, you may only want to make links for the saints and feasts you think are most likely to have articles on OrthodoxWiki.

If there are also historical events which occur on that day which are not strictly feasts, you may include them by finishing the list of feasts with a period, then following it immediately with:

'''Other events:'''

Then immediately list the events in the same manner the feasts are listed.