Entering dates

Automatic dates

The first thing you should check when choosing the dates for an event is the automatic dates area at the top of the Edit Screen.
Histropedia will often find the correct dates from either Wikipedia or Wikidata. It is highly recommended to use the dates from Wikidata wherever possible.



If automatic dates are found, then you just need to click on the 'use' button to accept the dates (you still have to click 'save' to finish the edit).

Read on to find out how to enter the dates manually if auto-dates have not been found.

Entering the dates manually


The following options are available when choosing dates:




1. Precision setting
Before entering any dates on Histropedia, you should first decide which precision you are going to use as this will affect the input options that are available. 
Click here for more info about precision settings.


2. Date entry boxes

In the example above, the available options are year, month and day as the precision is set to 'Day'. There is also a tick box for indicating a BC date.
At present, all dates entered into Histropedia must be numerical values. For example, you can't enter "February" when choosing a month - you should instead enter the number "2".


3. Occurs on a single date (tick box)
Tick this box if you are entering a date that does not have a duration. This will automatically hide the input options for an end date.
Example uses: The date of a football match or the publication date of a book.

4. Till present (tick box)
Tick this box if an event should extend to the present day. As with the option above, the input boxes for the end date will be hidden when this is selected.
Example uses: A person that is still alive or a company that is still in existence. 

Example 1

Entering the date "29 August 1958 - 25 June 2009"



1. Set the precision for both start and end dates to "Day".

2. Enter the values for year, month and day for both start and end dates.

Example 2

Entering the date "8th century BC"



1. Set the precision to 'century'

2. Enter the value "8" in the input box (for "8th century")

3. Tick 'BC' 

4. Tick 'occurs on a single date' (this will hide the end date section)


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