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Formatting listings[edit]

When listing things to See or Do in a destination, use the following format.

  • Name of Attraction, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [1]. Days and times open. One to five sentences about why this attraction is worth seeing, things to pay special attention to, warnings, notes, historical or other background information. $entryprice (extra price info).

Here's the Wiki markup:

*'''Name of Attraction''', Address (''extra directions if necessary''), phone number (''email, fax, other contact if possible''), [http://www.attraction.example.com/]. Days and times open. One to five sentences about why this attraction is worth seeing, things to pay special attention to, warnings, notes, historical or other background information. $entryprice (''extra price info'').

Here's an example from San Francisco/North Beach:

  • Coit Tower, 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd (limited parking; or take #39 Muni bus from Washington Square), +1 415 362-0808 (tour contact: Masha Zakheim <mzakheim@earthlink.net>), [2]. Every day, 10AM-5PM. Visible from all parts of San Francisco and the Bay Area, Coit Tower stands atop Telegraph Hill, and gives an excellent view of the rest of the Bay. The tower was built by the federal Works Projects Administration in 1933 with money bequeathed by eccentric San Franciscan Lillie Coit. Coit had a fascination with firefighters, and local legend has it that the shape of the tower is supposed to simulate the end of a firehose -- although the architects denied this claim. The first and second floor house beautiful examples of New Deal-era idealist murals, and the top floor (reached by elevator) has featured paintings or other art. $3 (elevator to top floor; the rest is free).

Notes on the format:

  • Addresses should just be the street and number, not a full postal address. If the city is different (for example, in a suburb), add that, too.
  • Phone numbers should be in international format with the non-local calling part in italics (like "+1 514 555-1000").
  • Days should be abbreviated (M Tu W Th F Sa Su), times should be 24 hour clock format but see times for detail. If the attraction never closes, use "Open 24 hours". If the times are the same for every day, use "Every day, opening time-closing time".
  • Entry prices should be in the local currency but see $ for detail
  • URLs should point to the official Web site for the attraction and conform to Wikitravel guidelines for external links. If there's no official Web site, just leave that part out.

<see> tag[edit]

You can also use the experimental templates described at Wikitravel:Listings with <see> tag, which makes it easy to ensure that formatting is perfect.

* <see name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" 
url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" tags="">description</see>
name 
The name of the attraction.
alt 
If the place has a significantly different name in the local language, add it here. Non-Latin scripts like Japanese, Devanagari, Cyrillic etc can be used.
address 
Street and number of the place, plus district if applicable and don't repeat the city name. Postal codes may be used for listings in those countries where they offer useful additional precision {currently Argentina (only 8 character CPA or Código Postal Argentino, Argentine Postal Code), Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal and the UK}.
directions 
Additional directions for how to find the place (if necessary).
phone 
Direct telephone number of the attraction office.
e-mail 
E-mail address of the attraction office.
fax 
Fax number of the attraction office.
url 
Link to the attraction office official website. Include the http://.
hours
opening hours of the attraction, when applicable.
price 
The price of admission. If there are large differences (eg. adults and children), note them both.
lat
Decimal latitude (GPS coordinates) for map output. Not yet displayed.
long
Decimal longitude (GPS coordinates) for map output. Not yet displayed.
tags
comma-separated list of free-text tags. Not yet displayed.
description 
Text describing the attraction.

All fields above are optional. If you don't know some information, just leave in the empty field, so somebody else can fill it up later.

Example[edit]

This listing:

* <see name="Palace of Culture and Science" alt="Palac Kultury i Nauki" address="plac Defilad" directions="" phone="+48 (0/22) 65 67 676" url="http://www.pkin.waw.pl" hours="9AM-6PM daily" price="Admission to the observation deck: zł 18/12" lat="" long="" phoneextra="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" hoursextra="" tag="Landmark">Built in the 1950s as a "gift" to the Polish people by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin the Palace of Culture and Science is Warsaw's most recognizable building. The building elicits mixed feelings from Poles - on one hand, the building has a controversially beautiful architectural style, however, the building was built by the man who helped Hitler rape the Polish countryside, then continued a campaign of senseless murders of the Poles when the Soviet-Nazi Germany relations soured. Today, the building is home to a movie theater, museum, restaurant, and college. Visitors can take an elevator to an observation deck, which provides a great view of Warsaw. </see>

Shows up like this:

  • Palace of Culture and Science (Palac Kultury i Nauki), plac Defilad, +48 (0/22) 65 67 676, [3]. 9AM-6PM daily. Built in the 1950s as a "gift" to the Polish people by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin the Palace of Culture and Science is Warsaw's most recognizable building. The building elicits mixed feelings from Poles - on one hand, the building has a controversially beautiful architectural style, however, the building was built by the man who helped Hitler rape the Polish countryside, then continued a campaign of senseless murders of the Poles when the Soviet-Nazi Germany relations soured. Today, the building is home to a movie theater, museum, restaurant, and college. Visitors can take an elevator to an observation deck, which provides a great view of Warsaw. Admission to the observation deck: zł 18/12.  edit

Listing subdivisions and order[edit]

For long lists, creating subdivisions by attraction type (landmarks, museums, etc.) or location can make listings more manageable for users. Within each subdivision, when no other standard of ordering listings is used, alphabetical order should be the norm. If another standard is used (see for example London South Bank Museums), it should be clearly stated so any new listing can be added to the appropriate place.

Complex attractions[edit]

Some attractions are just too complex to list in the brief format above. There may be interesting historical information, detailed information about different parts of the attraction, or whatever. Examples might be:

  • Large museums
  • Large parks
  • Monuments with long histories

These kinds of attractions may need three or four paragraphs rather than sentences to treat them appropriately.

The difference here is by how much text is needed, not how important the attraction is. For example, the Manneken Pis is one of the most famous sights in Brussels, but there's only so much you can write about a small statue of a peeing boy. Importance of the attraction and how much text is needed are closely intertwined, but this format is keyed to the latter.

For complex attractions, we make a sub-section of the See or Do section with the following format:

===Name of attraction===
 Address (''extra directions if necessary''), phone number (''email,
 fax, other contact if possible''), [http://www.attraction.example.com/].  Days and times open. $entryprice 
 (''extra price info''). 

One to five paragraphs about why this attraction is worth seeing, things
to pay special attention to, warnings, notes, historical or other background
information.

Complex attractions should go at the end of the See or Do section, after any attractions in the list format above. Otherwise, it will look like the list-format attractions are part of the preceding complex attraction subsection.

A good example of a complex attraction is the Golden Gate Bridge in the Golden Gate district of San Francisco.

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