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Instructions for Editors
Last modified: 2000-01-07 by rob raeside
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Keywords are coordinated by Ole Andersen. Below is a text version of Version 1.03:
[changes are marked *]
Where a keyword is modified by an adjective, put the adjective after
the noun if the noun is more significant.
If the adjective+noun are a commonly used pair, then it goes as
two-word keyword (indian ocean, old glory).
bird: of paradise
If you have no favourite (tee-hee), check the existing keywords and
pick the most used.
Refers to a piece of the flag.
Don't use continents as keywords, except possibly on the main page of
Crescents come in many varieties.
crescent: points up
crescent: points to fly
crescent: points to hoist
crescents: 45 (az-muss1.gif, Musavat Party)
Crosses are treated somewhat akin to stars.
If nothing is indicated, the cross reaches all four sides, and the
arms intersect in the centre of the field.
Crosses generally don't have a default colour.
cross: saint george <- default colour is red
If a flag has more than one cross, the number can be specified in a
Try to avoid accents and diacritics in the keywords - they mess up the
At all times, keep the first four characters free of diacritics.
Don't put the same keyword in twice (with and without diacritics) - it
looks messy in the keyword pages.
If there are more than 25 entries with a given keyword, look out for a
If there are less than 10 entries with a given potential sub-keyword,
stay with the main keyword.
firearm: <type> (rifle, machine gun, etc.)
For flags with flags.
We also have quite a number of keywords containing 'flag'. Several of
these would be better without 'flag' in them.
Many keywords with '<adjective> flag' would be better as '<adjective>'. An exception to this is 'unidentified flag', *with* flag.
A number of '<noun> flag' could similarly be improved to '<noun>' (or
sometimes <adjective formed from noun>).
With hyphens and 'i'.
Use keyword 'house flag'.
LENGTH OF KEYWORDS
You have a maximum of 200 characters for keywords, so keep each
keyword short - but don't abbreviate.
For flags with maps.
Maple leaves seem to be red by default.
So the keywords seem to be:
maple leaf (<colour>)
if <colour> is non-red,
if it is red or unknown.
unless it is
NAMES OF ORGANISATIONS
Be as precise as possible - but beware of diacritics (and remember that
everything is converted to lower case).
There must be at least one keyword on every page.
For pages that should have no keyword, think about why, and put the
reason why as keyword.
E.g. obsolete pages could have the keyword 'obsolete page'
Non-leading numerals should be entered as numbers - that should sort
Leading numerals should be avoided. If that's impossible, they should
be spelled out.
Use a hyphen:
*PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BECOME INDEPENDENT
Family name only
Family name (first name)
Name, number (of country) for royals and such
Some personal names appear within company names. They should be left
as they are - same probably goes for cultures without family names, e.g.
and remember to give the page a fitting title
And, btw, please alert the VexGallery team (e.g. at
firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you find 'private' proposals in your edit-stuff.
The 'quinas', the small blue shields with white dots on, are usually found in fives in Portuguese heraldry. For the time being, the presence of quinas can be detailed by the keyword 'quinas'.
If and when we get many of these, we should probably divide between 'quinas'
and 'quinas: <number>', where number is different from 5.
If there is a rainbow arc, use the keyword 'rainbow'
If it is a multi-stripe/multi-colour flag, use the keyword 'rainbow
-some toponyms ('santa catarina')
-some French names (often hyphenated)
-cross types, use 'cross: saint <this-or-that>'
If there are several elements of a kind, e.g. 50 stars, use:
If the arrangement of the elements is special, you can use:
Use singular. See SEVERAL ELEMENTS for exceptions.
Stars are 5-pointed if nothing else is mentioned.
star: 4 points (white)
star (green) <--- 5 points assumed
star: 6 points (yellow)
star: 6 points (yellow)
If a flag has more than one star, the number can be specified in a
Keywords with 'upper ...' get sorted by 'upper', but the script
Use '... (upper)' instead.
Similar case with 'lower'
for flags showing a yacht
for flags of such a club
for a variant national ensign used on yachts