Forums: Index > Watercooler > Country pages - format and contents

NOTE that I have started giving every country some of this, including a link to important subpage. See Kathleen's talk page and copy Afghanistan. — Robin Patterson (Talk) 12:43, 21 May 2009 (UTC)

As we work through creating country pages, we could save time (and thus, among other things, do more) with a standard page template. One of us can probably devise a "createpage" template to speed up creation, but the contents of the same template could be added to existing pages as an easy way of including things that the page creator had not thought to put in. I suggest that we list items (including any I haven't thought of) and discuss them under headings below. — Robin Patterson (Talk) 06:54, 15 May 2009 (UTC)


The Wikipedia-style standard box in the top right-hand corner, which anyone here can probably create using {{Infobox}} once we sort out its contents if not sooner.


Country flag and name

Official languages

Each linking to wiki's category

Other languages

Each linking to wiki's category

Ideally the above - at least the first two - can all be done with the same template as starts each country row on Countries of the world?

Govt website

Health ministry website

World Bank wotsit

As on countries page - here again, even more easily perhaps, we can use the recently-devised template system, which transcludes the "/info" subpage of the country page. All under the heading of "Authorities", I suggest, not trying to fit into infobox? Like this:


Regional organizations

eg South-Eastern Europe Health Network

Date of first H1N1 report

Text introduction

No need for format or content standards? It's only a couple of lines, which some of us can write off the cuff.

2009 H1N1

Outline of flu status


with subheadings for dates (eg April 27), latest first

See also

Ideally links to heading on countries and continent page?

External links

Any we can't tidily fit into the infobox

Navigation box for continent

For ease of looking at articles for nearby countries. If we have the link to the continent above, there will be no hurry for this.


[[Category:{{PAGENAME}}| ]] [[Category:Countries]] [[Category:(continent)]];

Is that too many? - two of them will be on the category page too. But GB was concerned that readers should be led as easily as possible to data for their country of interest. I agree with that principle. Putting the country page in categories "redundantly" will help some of those people to find the articles if they stray into category areas. — Robin Patterson (Talk) 06:54, 15 May 2009 (UTC)
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