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The discussion about the Dragon magazine citation format got me playing around with the templates and I'd like to propose changing the {{Cite book}}, {{Cite dragon}}, and {{Cite dungeon}} templates a little bit. I am roughly following the guidelines given by the Wikipedia book and Wikipedia Journal templates, although in a much simpler implementation. In a nutshell, I have made a new template, User:Moviesign/Template:Cite publication, that is called by new Book, Dragon, and Dungeon templates. The Book template is User:Moviesign/Template:Cite book and the Dragon template is User:Moviesign/Template:Cite dragon (the Dungeon template will be nearly identical to the Dragon template). Both of those links show a number of examples of what the citations will look like given various inputs. You can edit the files to see the inner workings and to try out your own examples: just change the parameters and use Preview to see the results.

Oh, I see I have one more thing to change: I need to make date and year interchangeable for backward compatibility. I'll fix that.

Is this format acceptable? Suggestions?

Moviesign (talk) 22:16, October 1, 2014 (UTC)

Looks good to me. If implemented we should probably update the video game template as well, which I've already done a little bit of.
Niirfa-sa (talk) 23:05, October 1, 2014 (UTC)

No further comments so I'm going to put it into production. Let me know if you find any problems.
Moviesign (talk) 01:00, October 8, 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, I couldn't look at this earlier, I couldn't find the time (or energy!) to pore over templates and citation styles. :) It looks all fine to me.

One minor point: A short story in a book, like an article in a magazine, is typically written in plain text with quotes in most citation styles. To use one of your examples, it would be '"The Resurrection Agent". Realms of the Dead.' Is that still possible?

— BadCatMan (talk) 08:19, October 8, 2014 (UTC)

Yep. Done. Oh, one other thing: I took out "series" from the book citation template because it seemed unnecessary, but I can put it back if you think we need it.
Moviesign (talk) 12:52, October 8, 2014 (UTC)
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