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This Layout Guide contains rules for structuring that only apply to out-of-universe articles. For rules that apply to all articles, please see the main Layout Guide.


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Sectioning

Articles on certain types of subject have an established layout. These are listed below.

Musical theme articles

Musical Theme Articles

Musical theme articles are to be organized using the following sections. Each of these sections may be subsectioned as necessary.
  1. Conception and development deals with the origin of the theme (when, by whom, where, and for what it was written), the writing process of the music and, if applicable, lyrics, the release of the theme into the public, and the musicians who performed the piece.
  2. Summary gives a detailed summary of the entire piece in its most complex, original form. This section should be divided in sub-sections based on scenes in the primary piece of media in which the theme is utilized.
  3. Use provides an overview of the the usage of the theme in all of Star Wars media and popular culture. This should be divided into five sub-sections, only using the ones necessary. These are "In the soundtracks," "In the movies," "In the Expanded Universe," "In other media and merchandise," and "In popular culture." These sub-sections may be disregarded if using them would result in unnecessary short sections of one or two sentences.
  4. Reception gives reviews and opinions from critics, as well as information regarding sales performance.
Each of these sections may be further subdivided if necessary. Music clips using a {{Music1}} tag are also appropriate for replacing quotes in the "Summary" section and subsections. This also applies to the leading quote of the article if no quote is available. Also, per copyright laws, full lyrics are not allowed. A link to the lyrics on LyricWiki should be added to the "External links" section and infobox if possible.

Published narrative works

Articles on Published Narrative Works

Articles on published narrative works (including films, novels, comics, video games, television episodes, RPG adventures, and other works that would be listed in an in-universe article's "Appearances" section) are to be organized using the following sections. Each of these sections may be subsectioned as necessary.
  1. Plot summary summarizes the plot of the work, written in-universe and in the present tense. If the article is about a collection of multiple works (eg, a book trilogy or a comic book story arc), the summaries should be more condensed than if the article is about an individual work (eg, a single book or comic). If the article is about an individual work that has a publisher's summary, then a sourced Publisher's summary subsection should lead this section. If the work includes an Opening crawl, it can be added at the beginning of this section using {{Opening crawl}}.
  2. Main characters utilizes subsections to give brief, individual descriptions of major characters who appear in the work, and their role within. A character profile should be written in-universe and in the present tense. If pictures of the characters exist, they should be included on the right side of the page. Images should be sized so as to fit within their respective character profiles. If available, pictures of the characters from the actual work, or from a chronologically close work, are preferred. For very short works, a Main Characters section is not necessary.
  3. Gameplay is a section reserved for video games. It discusses the playable features of the game and how the game is experienced by the player(s). If applicable, it can also discuss how player choices and game mechanics affect the storyline. This section should be written out-of-universe and in the present tense.
  4. Development discusses background, events, and decisions that brought about the development of the work. It also discusses ideas, decisions, and concepts discarded by the author(s)/developer(s) throughout the production of the work, as well as information on the work's publication and release. If a surplus of information exists, this section can be further subdivided into Conception and Production sections. This and the following sections should be written out-of-universe and in the past tense.
  5. Continuity discusses past continuity used/referenced/retconned by the work, continuity errors, and significant continuity created by the work that has been later used/referenced/retconned.
  6. Reception discusses response, reaction, and reception to the work, including professional reviews, significant fan response, awards won, sales, and media spotlight. If no such information is available, this section need not be included.
  7. Legacy is a section that discusses the impact of the work on later Star Wars media, and, if applicable, broader popular culture. If no such information is available, this section need not be included.
  8. Media is a section with different uses for different types of articles.
    • Articles on comic series make use of {{Prettytable}} to create a chart similar to this one.
    • Articles on individual works such as novels include a cover gallery, if more than one cover exists.
    • Articles on novels list the various editions of the work complete with ISBN numbers and publication dates.
    • For television series, the Media section should be entitled Episodes and make use of a wikitable to list the series' seasons, giving information such as the air dates and number of episodes for each season.
    • For individual television seasons, the Media section should also be entitled Episodes and should use a wikitable to display the title, air date, episode number, production number, and an image from the episode if applicable.
  9. Credits is a list of the work's credits. This section is reserved for individual films, TV episodes, video games, audio dramas, and any other work with a similarly comprehensive credits section. It should not be used for works such as books, short stories, and comics, which should instead list authors, artists, etc, in their "Development" sections. This section uses {{Credits}} and should be ordered as described in the work's original credits. Any other cast or crew members whose identities were later discovered or revealed can be listed at the ends of their respective sections.
  10. Appearances uses {{App}} to list in-universe subjects appearing in the work.
  11. Collections is a bulleted list of any collections in which the work has appeared, such as trade paperbacks or short story collections. If not applicable, this section need not be included.
Each of these sections may be further subdivided if necessary.
See Forum:CT:OOU Layout Guide: Published narrative works, Wookieepedia:Mofferences/July 25, 2020

Real-world person articles

Real-World Person Articles
Real-world person articles are to be organized using the following sections. Each of these sections may be subsectioned as necessary.
  1. Biography gives a detailed and comprehensive summary of the person's Star Wars career. With the exception of birth and death information, this section will limit its focus exclusively to the person's Star Wars contributions without discussing other unrelated career achievements. The level of detail in this section is up to the individual author. However, a middle ground between succinct and lengthy is generally preferable.
  2. Filmography (for persons involved in film and/or television), Discography (for persons involved in music), or Bibliography (for persons involved in publishing) provides a comprehensive list of the person's career works that is focused exclusively on Star Wars. This list will be organized in a table. See Bea Arthur#Filmography and James Luceno#Bibliography for examples on how to format this table.
The introduction section of real-world person articles may briefly summarize the highlights of a person's non-Star Wars career.
See Wookieepedia:Mofferences/May 25, 2019, Forum:CT:Real-world person articles (Part 1)

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Appearances

Example:

==Appearances==
{{App
|characters=
|creatures=
|droids=
|events=
|locations=
|organizations=
|species=
|vehicles=
|technology=
|miscellanea=
}}
 

The Appearances section is used in articles on out-of-universe media to list in-universe subjects that appear in said media.

  • The section is only necessary for articles on individual works, such as a single novel, comic, or episode. It should not be used for articles on collections of multiple works, such as a book trilogy, television series or season, comic book story arc or series.
    • An exception to this is for a series that has not yet been released, where its episodes or issues do not yet have articles. In that case, the information on the series' appearances may be contained within the series' article until such time that it can be moved to the appropriate episode or issue.
  • Use {{App}} to organize the list of subjects under the "Appearances" heading. See the usage notes on Template:App for more information.
    • If an official "Dramatis Personae" is provided, substitute |dramatis personae= and |other characters= for the current |characters= parameter.
    • For additional subsections such as "Languages", use '''bold-formatted headers''' under |miscellanea=.
    • Star Wars material that is considered part of both the Legends continuity and the new Star Wars canon should divide its use of the {{App}} template. Each subsection of the template should use the two alternate parameters—"c-characters" and "l-characters" for the Characters field—to list the canon and Legends appearances.
See Forum:CT:"Characters" or "Dramatis personae"?, Forum:CT:New continuity section, Forum:CT:Characters to Individuals (Again?), Forum:CT:Appearances lists, Forum:CT:Appearances revamp project, and Forum:CT:MOS and LG updates.

Sources

The Sources section in out-of-universe articles is a bulleted list of all officially-licensed Star Wars media to mention the real-world article subject. Common examples include film, publishing, and video game credits; reference books; magazine articles; and StarWars.com news articles. This section works the same as the "Sources" section does for in-universe articles. With rare exceptions, no out-of-universe article should be created without either a Sources or External links section (see below for details on "External links").

Mediacat

In the instance two or more images and/or sound files on Wookieepedia feature the article's subject, corresponding categories must be created. These must be linked to via the {{Mediacat}} template, which ideally shall be placed immediately below the title of the "Sources" section of the respective article. If the template interferes with the presentation of media titles in the aforementioned section, it shall be placed immediately below the subsequent section of the article ("Notes and references").

Notes and references

External links

  • Ideally, real-world product articles, such as books or comics, will list at least one external link to an official product page from the publisher or manufacturer. If no such link exists, list the subject's Amazon.com product page. The Amazon page may be listed in addition to an official product page if it contains critical information not found on the product page, such as a publication date.

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