MediaWiki Templates

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Templates are standard wiki pages whose content is designed to be embedded inside other pages. Other systems call them include files or macros.

Templates in Brief

  • A template is a page created to be included in other pages and usually contain repetitive material that might need to show up on any number of articles or pages.
  • A template named Template:foo can be de-referenced / transcluded with {{foo}}.
  • Create a new template page in the same way as an article page. Pages destined for the Template namespace must have a title that starts with "Template:".
  • Templates optionally may have parameters. Example: {{foo|parm1}}. sends the parameter value "parm1" to the foo template.

Template Coding Convention

Create a new template in the same way you would start any page. The only difference is that its page title must start with Template.

Templates follow a convention that the name is prefixed with Template:.

  • Otherwise templates are defined much as any other wiki page.
  • Prefixing the page name with "Template:" assigns the page to the Template namespace.

List of Templates

  1. Click Special pages > All pages.
  2. From Namespace: select Template.
  3. Click Go.

Template Coding Documentation

Production Templates Used ElseWhere