Iron Chariots Wiki:Templates

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'''Templates''' are reusable portions of text and/or wiki code that can be "included" in other pages by using the "double-braces" wiki syntax:
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'''Templates''' are reusable portions of text and/or [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Help:Wikitext examples|wiki code]] that can be "included" in other pages by using the "double-braces" wiki syntax:
: <nowiki>{{</nowiki>''Name of template''}}
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: <tt><nowiki>{{</nowiki>''Name of template''}}</tt>
The name of the template can have spaces (you don't have to replace them by _underscores_). The contents of the template is stored in the same-named page in the "Template" [[Project:Namespace|namespace]], which would be linked to using the following "double-square-brackets" syntax:
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The name of the template can have spaces (you don't have to replace them by _underscores_). The contents of the template is stored in the same-named page in the [[Project:Namespace|'''Template:''' namespace]], which would be linked to using the following "double-square-brackets" syntax:
: <nowiki>[[Template:</nowiki>''Name of template'']]
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: <tt><nowiki>[[Template:</nowiki>''Name of template'']]</tt>
 
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The two forms differ in that the former results in the substitution of the ''contents of'' the template page at that point in the current page (where <nowiki>{{...}}</nowiki> appears), whereas the latter simply ''links to'' the page.
 
The two forms differ in that the former results in the substitution of the ''contents of'' the template page at that point in the current page (where <nowiki>{{...}}</nowiki> appears), whereas the latter simply ''links to'' the page.
  
 
A more concrete example:
 
A more concrete example:
* <nowiki>[[Template:</nowiki>Stub]] results in the link [[Template:Stub]].
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* <tt><nowiki>[[Template:</nowiki>Stub]]</tt> results in the link [[Template:Stub]].
* <nowiki>{{Stub}}</nowiki> &mdash; or, equivalently, <nowiki>{{stub}}</nowiki> &mdash; results in the ''contents'' of the "Stub" template being inserted into the current page:
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* <tt><nowiki>{{Stub}}</nowiki></tt> &mdash; or, equivalently, <tt><nowiki>{{stub}}</nowiki></tt> &mdash; results in the ''contents'' of the "Stub" template being inserted into the current page:
::{{stub}}
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*: {{stub}}
 
The latter form, by the way, is how you can mark extremely short articles ("stubs") that need the attention of other editors.
 
The latter form, by the way, is how you can mark extremely short articles ("stubs") that need the attention of other editors.
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On the other hand:
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* <tt><nowiki>[[Stub]]</nowiki></tt> links to the "article" [[Stub]], which itself is a [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Redirect|redirect]] to [[:Category:Stubs]]
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Note that <tt><nowiki>[[Stub]]</nowiki></tt> and <tt><nowiki>{{Stub}}</nowiki></tt> have nothing to do with each other.
  
 
If you want to insert the contents of an article in the "[[Project:Namespaces|main namespace]]" into another page (this should rarely be done in practice), add a colon immediately after the opening double-braces:
 
If you want to insert the contents of an article in the "[[Project:Namespaces|main namespace]]" into another page (this should rarely be done in practice), add a colon immediately after the opening double-braces:
* <nowiki>[[:]]</nowiki> links to the article
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* <tt><nowiki>[[:List of atheist websites]]</nowiki></tt> would link to [[List of atheist websites]]
* <nowiki>{{:}}</nowiki> inserts the contents of the article
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* <tt><nowiki>{{:List of atheist websites}}</nowiki></tt> would insert the contents of [[List of atheist websites]], '''not''' [[Template:List of atheist websites]]
 
'''''Please note:''''' ''Although this feature exists, it probably shouldn't be used on this wiki.''
 
'''''Please note:''''' ''Although this feature exists, it probably shouldn't be used on this wiki.''
  
If the text in braces starts with a [[Project:Namespaces|namespace prefix]], then the contents of ''that'' page will be "included" instead of a page in the '''Template:''' namespace.
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If the text in braces starts with a [[Project:Namespaces|namespace prefix]], then the contents of ''that'' page will be "included" instead of a page in the '''Template:''' namespace:
 
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* <tt><nowiki>[[Project:Interwiki map (custom)]]</nowiki></tt> links to [[Project:Interwiki map|our custom interwiki map]]
Example:
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* <tt><nowiki>{{Project:Interwiki map (custom)}}</nowiki></tt> inserts our custom interwiki map into a page (this is done on the page [[Project:Interwiki map]], for example)
* <nowiki>[[]]</nowiki>  
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* <nowiki>{{}}</nowiki>  
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See [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Template]] for more (much, much more) information.
 
See [[WikimediaMeta:Help:Template]] for more (much, much more) information.
  
 
[[Category:Iron Chariots|Templates]]
 
[[Category:Iron Chariots|Templates]]

Revision as of 14:27, 12 October 2006

Templates are reusable portions of text and/or wiki code that can be "included" in other pages by using the "double-braces" wiki syntax:

{{Name of template}}

The name of the template can have spaces (you don't have to replace them by _underscores_). The contents of the template is stored in the same-named page in the Template: namespace, which would be linked to using the following "double-square-brackets" syntax:

[[Template:Name of template]]

The two forms differ in that the former results in the substitution of the contents of the template page at that point in the current page (where {{...}} appears), whereas the latter simply links to the page.

A more concrete example:

  • [[Template:Stub]] results in the link Template:Stub.
  • {{Stub}} — or, equivalently, {{stub}} — results in the contents of the "Stub" template being inserted into the current page:

The latter form, by the way, is how you can mark extremely short articles ("stubs") that need the attention of other editors.

On the other hand:

Note that [[Stub]] and {{Stub}} have nothing to do with each other.

If you want to insert the contents of an article in the "main namespace" into another page (this should rarely be done in practice), add a colon immediately after the opening double-braces:

Please note: Although this feature exists, it probably shouldn't be used on this wiki.

If the text in braces starts with a namespace prefix, then the contents of that page will be "included" instead of a page in the Template: namespace:

See WikimediaMeta:Help:Template for more (much, much more) information.

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