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IBM corporate governance, shareholder activism, government regulation & oversight

TestingKarl Nagel 21:18, 2 November 2006 (PST)

Format of the Infobox

Karl, I'm wondering about the formatting right here:

revenue    = US$91.1 billion (2005)[1] |
operating_income = US$12.4 billion (2005)[1]
(10.5% operating margin[2])| net_income = US$7.9 billion (2005)[1]
(9.3% profit margin[2])

Notice that the Revenue looks nice (with United States dollar referencing), but that Operating Income and Net Income don't seem to look as "clean". If this is something that could/should be cleaned up, better that we do it now, and not after dozens of Corporate Infoboxes are in place. --MyWikiBiz 13:08, 15 November 2006 (PST)

Do you mean because they aren't wiki-linked in blue? Or that it should appear as $US12.4 billion ($ placed in front). If it's because it's not wiki-linked, I just thought a good convention would be to link once on the first reference. --Centiare 13:50, 15 November 2006 (PST)
I meant because it wasn't wiki-linked in blue. I think the better convention is to wikilink on all three references to money, because we have no idea which companies will choose to display Revenue, Operating, and Net; versus just Operating and Net; versus just Net. If all three are formatted the same way, deletion of one or more poses no difference in style. --MyWikiBiz 19:38, 15 November 2006 (PST)
How about developing a style guideline that says editors should wikilink the first reference? That way, if one or more is omitted, at least one will have a wikilink reference. I prefer & use the one reference rule not only for this infobox, but for other Directory & main page articles as well. --Centiare 07:35, 16 November 2006 (PST)
Okay, after more thought, I do agree. Wiki style is always to wikilink only the first reference, and this will more freely enable eventual conversion to pesos, Canadian dollars, Euros, etc. --MyWikiBiz 11:06, 16 November 2006 (PST)
  1. ^ a b c <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"IBM Stock Report". Morningstar, Inc. Retrieved 2006-06-27.
  2. ^ a b <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"IBM: Company Overview". Reuters. Retrieved 2006-06-27.