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Usage

For a typical topic category, cut and paste the following sample code, and customize it as explained below.

{{Topic cat
|intro=
|image=
|imagecaption=
|offset={{{offset|0}}}
|sisterprojects=yes
|wikibooks={{PAGENAME}}
|commons=Category:{{PAGENAME}}
|wikiquote={{PAGENAME}}
|wikisource={{PAGENAME}}
|wiktionary={{PAGENAME}}
|wikiversity={{PAGENAME}}
|wikivoyage={{PAGENAME}}
}}

Customizations:

  1. Put categories below the template. People get [[Category:News articles by person]], or some descendant like [[Category:Politicians]]; countries get [[Category:News articles by country]].
  2. Optionally, provide an intro; it completes the descriptive sentence,
    This is the category for {{PAGENAME}}, {{{intro}}}.
  3. Optionally, provide an image, and perhaps a caption for the image; additional smaller images can also be included (see below).
  4. Check all the sister links, and adjust or remove them as appropriate.
    • When looking for an alternative on any project, don't forget to check namespaces that aren't on the default search. (E.g., Wikisource default search only checks main and author.)
    • commons=link overrides the default Commons link, {{PAGENAME}}. commons=no suppresses the Commons link entirely.
    • wikipedia=link overrides the default Wikipedia link, {{PAGENAME}}. wikipedia=no suppresses the Wikipedia link entirely.

Additional, less frequent customizations:

  • An additional parameter {{{usage note}}} can be used to specify a supplementary note on how to use the category, beyond what is implied by the introductory sentence. The note is displayed as a separate paragraph after the introductory sentence.
  • An additional parameter {{{the}}} can be set to non-blank, to insert the word "the" before the topic name in the descriptive sentence.
  • An additional parameter {{{pipe}}} can be used to specify a different name for the topic in the descriptive sentence, instead of {{PAGENAME}}.
  • An additional parameter {{{target}}} can be used to specify a different target for the primary link in the descriptive sentence; if used, this replaces the entire wikipedia target, including the "w:", so it can link to a page on any sister project, or to a page on Wikinews.
  • An additional parameter {{{external}}} can be used to specify an external URL. (Use with discretion, please.)
  • Any of additional parameters {{{locmap}}}, {{{coat}}}, {{{seal}}}, {{{flag}}} can be used to provide additional smaller images.
  • An additional parameter {{{meta}}} can be used to specify a sister link to that project.
  • An additional parameter {{{wikidata}}} can be used to specify a sister link to that project. (Currently this is disabled from display, as it's not really of use to users; it can nevertheless be provided, and may be used somehow in future.)
  • An additional parameter {{{portal}}} can be set either to no, suppressing the portal link even if the portal exists; or to a different portal-space page name to use instead of {{PAGENAME}} (so the page checked for, and linked if it exists, is Portal:{{{portal}}}).
  • An additional parameter {{{nolist}}} can be set to non-blank, to suppress the list of latest news.
  • Parameter {{{sisterprojects}}} can be set to no, or omitted, to omit the sister links section altogether.
  • An additional parameter {{{category}}} can be used to specify what to list under Latest stories; this should be used if the category name contains any of certain special characters, such as apostrophe, that prevent {{PAGENAME}} from generating a correct article-list due to a known bug in the wiki software.
  • Removing parameter {{{offset}}} prevents the latest-article list from offering a scroll-down button.

See also