• FILE_ID.DIZ Examples

    They say an example is worth a thousand words (or is that a picture?) so here are some examples of the right and wrong way to do a file description using FILE_ID.DIZ.

    Example 1: An Add-on Aircraft

    You've created a new airliner for FS2004. It's in the colors of United Airlines and it's a Boeing 747-400 with registration N747UA. Here's what you should say:

    1) Flightsim it's for (FS2004)
    2) Airline name (United Airlines)
    3) Aircraft type (Boeing 747)
    4) Any interesting details about the real plane
    5) Details about the flightsim model
    6) Your name

    Note the order of information. Now, here is an example of how to write a FILE_ID.DIZ description correctly using that information, as well as an example showing common mistakes people make:

    The Right Way The Wrong Way
    FS2004 United Airlines Boeing 747-400
    registration N747UA. United uses these
    on trans-Atlantic and other long range
    routes. Features moving parts and night
    lighting. By Joe Smith.
    
    B747-400 United Airlines.
    B747-400 United Airlines. Features
    moving parts and night lightning.
    Registration: N7474UA.
    
    What's Right:
    • The first line can stand alone as a brief description.
    • Each line is no more than 45 characters long.
    • All required information is included.
    • Interesting information beyond the minimum description is included.
    • It's spelled right.
    What's Wrong:
    • No mention of what sim it's for.
    • Information is repeated twice.
    • No credits for the designer.
    • Spelling--it's "lighting" not "lightning"; people do this one all the time!
    • There is no aircraft manufacturer by the name of "B"; people doing a search for Boeing aircraft won't find this one because the company name is not spelled out.

    Example 2: Scenery

    You've created some new scenery. It works with both FS98 and FS2000. It's for an airport in the UK called "Framlingham". Here's what you should say:

    1) Flightsim it's for (both FS98 and FS2000)
    2) Location of scenery (Framlingham Airport)
    3) Where in the world it's located:

    If in the U.S., name the state
    Outside the U.S., name the country
    4) Tell something interesting about the scenery
    5) Mention details of the flightsim version
    6) Your name

    Note the order of information. Now, here is an example of how to write a FILE_ID.DIZ description correctly using that information, as well as an example showing common mistakes people make:

    The Right Way The Wrong Way
    FS98/FS2000 scenery--Framlingham Airport
    near the east coast of the
    UK. Framlingham was originally a WWII
    bomber base but is now in civilian
    use. Scenery includes a detailed airport
    plus the surrounding town. By Clive
    Jones.
    
    FS98/2000 scenery--Framlingham Apt.
    ------------------------------------
    Has runways,hangers and other static
    objects. By Clive Jones.
    
    What's Right:
    • The first line can stand alone as a brief description.
    • Each line is no more than 45 characters long.
    • All required information is included.
    • Interesting information beyond the minimum description is included.
    • It's spelled right.
    What's Wrong:
    • "2000" is not a common name for any flightsim; people looking for FS2000 scenery files won't be able to find this one.
    • Do you really want 40 dashes in the middle of the description? Only plain text should be used.
    • Missing spaces between words ("runways,hangers").
    • Spelling--a "hangar" is a building to store airplanes; a "hanger" holds up your pants in the closet. People do this one all the time!
    • The text is more that 45 characters wide.
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