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This template is part of the WikiProject Ships ship infobox. It adds a Characteristics section to the infobox. Each section, except Infobox Ship Begin, can be repeated as necessary to support multiple careers, multiple sets of characteristics, etc. The header of the Characteristics box can be hidden by setting its "Hide header=yes". This allows you to repeat certain fields by adding a second Characteristics box with a hidden header. Also, additional text can be added to the Characteristics box with "Header caption=".


This ship infobox supports a very large number of fields, including some specialty fields that will rarely be used. Some fields simply don't make sense in some cases. Some different sets of code have been prepared using only the most common fields. Select the most appropriate set below and copy and paste the entire code to the top of a ship article, then fill in as many fields as possible. Empty fields should generally be kept so that a future editor can fill them in unless they make no sense for the ship in question.

The "Full" code contains every field the template supports. If you want, you can copy one of the simplified sets of code and add a few fields from the "Full" code.

If you have ideas for improvements or would like to add brand new fields to these templates, please post on Template talk:Infobox ship begin to discuss the changes and how they should be implemented.

Usage

Code for individual ships

For infoboxes of individual ships, please copy the appropriate example for the type of ship:


If none of the above fit, you may use this full setup:

Code for Ships Classes

For infoboxes of ship classes, please copy the appropriate example for the type of ship class:


If none of the above fit, you may use this full setup:

Parameters

Most fields are self-explanatory, but here are some tips (see the usage guide for a complete explanation of all parameter fields):

  1. Ship image If your article does not have an image in this field, the ship will automatically be listed at the hidden category Category:Ship infoboxes without an image. Editors can use the category to easily see a list of infoboxes where no image is attached and work to find pictures.
  2. Ship caption, the caption for the ship's picture, should be left blank if no extra information about the picture is available; don't just fill in the ship's name.
  3. Ship country is necessary when a ship served under multiple countries, but not really necessary otherwise.
  4. Ship class should include both the class and the type of ship. For example, Balao-class diesel-electric submarine provides complete information. It can be replaced with Ship type, which displays as "Type:", for ships that aren't members of a class.
  5. Ship name is necessary when a ship served under multiple names, but not really necessary otherwise.
  6. Ship fate and Ship status generally shouldn't both be filled in. Whichever one sounds most appropriate for the situation should be filled in. Use Ship fate when the ship sank or was scrapped, and use Ship status when the ship is active, kept in reserve, or currently a museum.
  7. Ship displacement and Ship tonnage are not the same thing. Displacement is the mass of a ship in a particular condition, like when it's fully loaded for battle. It is generally used for military vessels. Tonnage is a measurement of the cargo capacity of a vessel and isn't exactly correlated with weight: a ship of a particular tonnage will have a different mass depending on whether it's full of grain or iron. Entries in either parameter need to specifically identify the units in which they are being measured, such as long tons, metric tons or tonnes (unacceptable in articles using American English, use metric tons) or gross register tons or whatever. If possible, use templates such as {{GT}}, {{NetT}} and {{DWT}}.

Alternate spellings

Some fields provide alternate spellings and should never both be filled in:

  1. "Ship honors" and "Ship honours"
  2. "Ship draft" and "Ship draught"
  3. "Ship armor" and "Ship armour"

Parameter value import from Wikidata

Infobox ship can import parameter values from Wikidata (WD). A Wikidata property is roughly equivalent to an infobox parameter. When there is a page at Wikidata that matches the page at Wikipedia, and the Wikidata page has a property that matches the infobox parameter, then the infobox parameter can take its value from the Wikidata property.

These parameters, if left empty or omitted from the template, may be filled from Wikidata:

  • Ship class, supplied by WD property d:ship class

When the infobox is rendered in an article, those parameters that use Wikidata property values will display an icon (Imported from Wikidata) linked to the Wikidata source page. Articles using Wikidata properties are listed in Category:Ship infoboxes importing Wikidata.

If an imported value is inappropriate or wrong, the corresponding Wikidata item should be corrected. The template code will only display a parameter's label and value if the parameter has an assigned value, whether provided locally or provided by Wikidata. If display of a Wikidata property value is not appropriate or desired, use the reserved value none as the parameter value to block Wikdata import. Articles blocking Wikdata property import are listed in Category:Ship infoboxes blocking Wikidata import.

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