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Welcome to the Disgaea Wiki's Manual of Style. This page is a guide to how to style different types of pages.

General writing style

When writing any article, try to follow these basic guidelines:

  • Use proper grammar and spelling. If you have difficulties, you can ask another user to help copyedit your additions.
  • Both British and US English are fine. There is no need to change existing words.
  • Write in third person, i.e. use "the player" instead of "you".
  • Remember that this is a wiki, not a walkthrough. Try to write only general strategies.
  • Categorise pages and images. This can be done by adding [[Category:category name]] at the bottom of the page.
  • Write in an active voice. This sounds stronger, and is more engaging to read.
  • Mention the name of the article in the first sentence. The first instance should be bolded by using '''text'''. Game names and merchandise should be italicised by using ''text''
  • On each page, it is only necessary to link to other articles once. Exceptions are for See Also lists and infobox links.

What do articles require?

Game pages

Game pages should begin with the video game infobox filled with the needed information. The first paragraph should have a basic explanation of the game's storyline, a description of the style of the game, release information, position in the series and so on.

The next heading should be Story. Summarize all the events in the game, including Episode names where possible. For the endings, describe the canon ending and have a link to the appropriate endings page. Include the names of important characters.

Gameplay follows: describe the basic gameplay, and use sub-headers to explain more in-depth about the features which are unique to the Disgaea series and to that game. Link to other pages where needed, and use sub-headers for significant features.

These two sections are the only real necessary ones. However, other sections you might consider adding are Development, Music, Remakes and Characters.

Episode pages

Episode pages should begin by listing the episode's name and its game of origin. You may also like to add the preceding episode, a synopsis and one or more images from the episode.

Episode pages should have the following sections, in order: a story section, detailing the event of the episode; any endings that occur; the preview for that episode and finally a list (and links) of maps. Add the templates {{Disgaea [game number]}} and {{Disgaea [game number] Maps}} to that page.

Map pages

Map or stage pages primarily list information that will be helpful to players seeking to defeat the stages. Editors looking to create or update Map pages should read the MOS-section below titled "Infobox templates and the disver variable" and then head to Style Guide for Map Pages, an in-depth list of what to do to create or edit a Map page.

Character pages

Pages for story Characters should use the {{DisgaeaCharacter}} template. Please see the subsection below titled Infobox templates and the disver variable for information on correctly setting the disver variable.

Class_(Game) pages

Editors looking to create or update Class_(Game) pages should read the MOS-section below titled "Infobox templates and the disver variable" and then head to Style Guide for Class (Game) Pages, an in-progress but still quite in-depth list of what to do to create or edit a Class_(Game) page.

Disambiguations

Disambiguations are pages which direct viewers to similarly named articles. They should be formatted as followed:

'''Article name''' may refer to:
*The [[Link 1|X]] in ''[[Game]]''.
*The [[Link 2|Y]] in ''[[Game]]''.
{{disambig}}

{{Disambig}} will add the article to Category:Disambiguations, the category page which keeps track of articles linking to disambiguations.


Formatting

Tables

Information can often be summarized more efficiently in tabular form. On the Disgaea wiki, the code used is:

{| class="wikitable" width="[X]%"
|- class="D[gamenumber]a"
! Heading 1 !! Heading 2
|-
! class="D[gamenumber]b"| Subheading || Information
|-
|}

For each game, we can use classes to define different header and subheader colours. The classes will also define the font colour. The colours are taken from the logos, and can be used by either inputting the classes (as noted above) or, more commonly, by inputting the code for the colors directly, which are as follows:

Game Disgaea HOD
Disgaea AOD
Disgaea DS
Disgaea 2 CM
Disgaea 2 DHD
Disgaea 3 AOJ
Disgaea 3 AOD
Disgaea 4 APU
Disgaea 4 APR
Disgaea 5 AOV
Header purple bg - white font
class="D1a"
class="D1-2a"
class="DDSa"
dusky green bg - white font
class="D2a"
class="D2-2a"
skyblue bg - black font
class="D3a"
class="D3-2a"
dark navy bg - white font
class="D4a"
class="D4-2a"
dark gray bg - white font
class="D5a"
Subheader midnightblue bg - white font
class="D1b"
class="D1-2b"
class="DDSb"
orange bg - white font
class="D2b"
class="D2-2b"
red bg - white font
class="D3b"
class="D3-2b"
dark red bg - white font
class="D4b"
class="D4-2b"
pink bg - black font
class="D5b"
Game Disgaea D2 ABD Prinny games Series
Header orangey bg - white font
class="DD2a"
black bg - white font
class="prinnya"
darkmagenta bg - white font
class="seriesa"
Subheader berry-purple bg - white font
class="DD2b"
red bg - white font
class="prinnyb"
darkred bg white font
class="seriesb"

Those classes correspond to the disver variable (see below), and control background, font color, and link color. No text styling (ie bold, italics) is contained in these classes.



Infobox templates and the disver variable

In February 2015, several infobox templates were reworked to present a more unified visual feel to the site, including but not limited to: 'Tier Stats,' story/important 'Character's, and 'Map Infobox'. These infoboxes introduced an element called disver. 'Disver' stands for 'Disgaea version', and the value must be input with correct capitalization.

disver value = The corresponding game
D1 = Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
D1-2 = Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness
DDS = Disgaea DS
DD2 = Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness
D2 = Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
D2-2 = Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days
D3 = Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
D3-2 = Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
D4 = Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
D4-2 = Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
D5 = Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance
D6 = Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny (please note that as of September 17 2020, there is not yet any corresponding CSS colorscheme for D6, and limited data presentation using this value)
prinny = Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?
series = The series as a whole.

Note that all 'D's are capitalized, but 'prinny' and 'series' are not. (This is due to the corresponding CSS classes having been created and used several years before the unifying-template alterations.) Using a value with incorrect capitalization will result in the infobox being incorrectly (if at all) colored, and perhaps some text or data values will be from the wrong game.

If you come across a page that you believe should be using a unified template, ((finish this when I have a concise set of directions)).

Videos

Occasionally the Disgaea wiki will use videos to illustrate our articles. Their use should should be restricted to only special circumstances: illustrating endings, openings and music pieces. Remember that the use of videos should supplement prose, not overshadow it. The following code adds a frame to the video:

<div class="thumb t[left/right]" style="width:300px; background:[header colour]; border: 2px solid #A9A9A9;">
<div class="thumbcaption" style="text-align: center;"><font color="[white/black]">'''Title'''</font></div>
<youtube width="300" height="225">(11-character Youtube Link)</youtube>
</div>
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