This '{{tlx}}' template documentation is transcluded for all Tlx family templates (Tlx, Tlxc, Tlxm, Tlxw) [edit].Masterpage  

Version at a glance for M:TSP [ Template:Ltsmta ]
Version Origin Change Description datestamp and programmer
Ver: 3a3 Meta ~~~~
Ver: 3a2 Meta (m) Trim out old inline commented history, and remove many unneeded editing/maintenance links FrankB 08:05, 19 April 2007 (UTC)
Ver: 3a1 Meta Iterim: Install revised auto-categorization logic, and do some clarification and rework of self documentation. FrankB 06:54, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
Ver: 3a Meta Edits to limit bad text nesting, moved and expanded inhib parameter processing. This is Iterim still. FrankB 00:42, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
Ver: 3r1 Meta Section edits to tidy up various things.
(b) Iterim save, even added the two letter and user unfriendly names the anom wanted. Cleaned up and formatted. Next: Refactor and cut in
(a) Top=This table
3r1b: FrankB 12:22, 7 March 2007 (UTC)
3r1a: from: 10:30, 7 March 2007 (UTC)
Ver: 3__ Meta Wikipedia version, with belated auto-categorization added, new table, but saved and Finished on Meta through several iterations... Adding (subst'd WPTSP version table) with this save. FrankB 08:35, 7 March 2007 (UTC)
from: two hours b4 above.
Ver:2F-k Wikipedia Adds Edit link to array box, Fixed logic sense of ALL param., added Inhib/Override params (All UCASE mnemonic) to bypass a sister if they don't or do want a template... whichever is opposite case from normal participation in the project. FrankB ww:zz, xx March 2007 (UTC)


This template can be used when more than one English language sister projects has a similar template. If the templates have different names on different projects you can use parameters to specify those names:

Switch and override pagename parameters

  • mta=template name at Meta-wiki
  • wpd=template name at English Wikipedia
  • cms=template name at Commons
  • wbk=template name at English Wikibooks
  • wqt=template name at English Wikiquote
  • wsr=template name at English Wikisource
  • wdy=template name at English Wikitionary
  • wnw=template name at English Wikinews
  • wsp=template name at English Wikispecies
  • wvr=template name at English Wikiversity
  • mdw=template name at Media-wiki
(In some of the discussion below, any one of the above is represented by 'xxx'.)

Passing an empty parameter will cause the item to be omitted from the list. Some sister-projects only have marginal inclusion in, or need for this template sharing. These default to 'off' in the normal display (Wiktionary, Media-wiki, Wikinews currently).

Flip parameters

Those which are off, but do use the template being tagged, may be included in the list by defining an all capital letters version of the above all lower case parameters. (Example: '|WDY=y' will include Wiktionary under the same default template name by the template code: '{{{wdy|{{{2|{{PAGENAME}} }}} }}} }}} , thus typing in a long name when a normally suppressed template auto-link IS desired, is not necessary. Using XXX=1 to turn off a link, such as when a Sister project TfD decides to not allow the template locally, would be redundant with 'xxx=', add complexity, and is subject to confusion. So the Capital letter flip parameters are available only those sister projects which normally suppress a template.

Other parameters

  1. inhib=anything — Inhib suppresses auto-categorization to Category:Interwiki utility templates (Normally lists tools or other Utility templates).

       In use, inhib is for templates that are part of one interwiki linking system, or the other (two other tagging systems that tie categories together which came first, albeit unofficially as experimental implementations began in the summer of 2006), and lastly, for the site independent templates which are used to generate uniform messages and documentation for such templates, many of these being formating typing aids (i, i0, i2, i5, and indent) powerful category or template links generating tools (lc, lts), or site independent link templates (w2, w2c, Mw, wd).

  2. General Auto-categorization applies pipe-tricked category sorting using '{{{xxx|{{{1|{{PAGENAME}} }}} }}} }}} , which allows the lowercase override name 'xxx', the general sorting name {{{1}}}, or the overall default, the Magic word '{{PAGENAME}} .

  3. General parameter {{{2}}}is coded to be a generic override for a locally differently named template using '{{{xxx|{{{2|{{PAGENAME}} }}} }}} }}} . L5Example: Assume Wikitionary uses {{tl}}
Templates to use when only some small number of sister projects has a similar template
  1. template:Metatmp
  2. template:commonstmp
  3. template:WikiBookstmp
  4. template:Wiktionarytmp
  5. template:Wikiquote
  6. template:WikiNewstmp
  7. template:Wikisourcetmp
  8. template:WikiSpeciestmp

Key categories versus parameters
'Sister parameters' are those semi-mnemonic three letter codes noted on the template. Several depreciated equivalents are also legal substitutes: meta wikt

Toggle Parameters:
Defining one of the three letter mnemonic's expressed as all uppercase toggles the logic for the cell displaying that sister project from 'on to off' (This template is not used on that sister, the most common need), or from 'off to on' (A sister which has little need for templates has this particular one).
This example would express a template shared in common from the two sites Wiktionary and whereever, but for which Wikipedia (which normally has most everything) does NOT have said template. Wikitionary is toggled from normally off to on, Wikipedia from normally on to Off.
Lower case Mnemonic codes work dissimilarly in that defining such an parameter triggers difference tracking auto-categorization, but is indeed the same in effect for non-participating sister projects, for whom it is uncommon to share a template.

Categories by parameter affecting (table)

Categories in the system Params in play

Category:Interwiki template-links-tagging templates (edit talk links history)
Templates that are needed by tagging system.
Cat includes XXXXtmp individual tagging templates.
SYS (asserts)
and V=0

Category:Interwiki utility templates (edit talk links history)
Principal tagging and 'Tracking category' where this tagging utility auto-categorizes (lists) tagged templates.
Can only turn off by inhibiting it's expression setting "|inhib='something'.
inhib (suppresses)

Category:Interwiki templates on all sisterprojects (edit talk links history)
Rare occurence. Scope refers to paricipating Sister Projects, not literally all.
ALL2 (asserts)

Category:Interwiki link templates (edit talk links history) cases: V=1, V=4, V=6

Category:Miscellaneous templates (edit talk links history)
cases: V=3, V=4, V=5, and V=6 (If V=6, then iff manually defined using 'cat=|' or MISC=defined.)

Category:Typing-aid templates (edit talk links history)
Assumed as a sub-category of Miscellaneous, uses same V=x logic.
Use param cat=(bare) category name to supplant Miscellaneous for all { V: 3,4,5,6 } modes.
sub-cat of same V=# distribution as Miscellaneous... define using cat= to supplant (replace) Miscellaneous templates.

Category:Interwiki category linking templates (edit talk links history)
CAT=any value

Category:Interwiki templates varying on other sister projects (edit talk links history)
tracking category for anomalous templates where
the template exists, but has an
D or diff set

Interwiki name difference other sister project
tracking category
any mnemonic name parameter
being set to an

Category:Uncategorized templates (edit talk links history) UNCAT

Category:Navigation templates (edit talk links history) or
Category:Navigational templates (edit talk links history) or
Category:Ice Hockey Wiki Navigation templates (edit talk links history)
NAV evinces if and only if there exists a defined category of one of these names

Category:Redirect templates (edit talk links history) R

a1 a2

c1 c2

e1 e2

1 Category:Interwiki link templates and Category:Interwiki utility templates -- bridge a gulf

2 Category: Internal link templates and Category:Interwiki utility templates.-- Link/Edit another page internally

3 Category:[ Miscellaneous || Typing-aid || Uncategorized ] templates and Category:Interwiki utility templates

4 Category:Interwiki link templates and Category:Miscellaneous templates -- Combo's of 1 + 3

5 Category: Internal link templates and Category:Miscellaneous templates -- Combo's of 2 + 3

6 Interwiki link templates, Internal link templates and Category:Miscellaneous templates -- Combo's of 1 + 2 + 3


{{tlx|template|first parameter|second|third|...}}{{template|first parameter|second|third|fourth|...}}

Purpose and naming: Mnemonically 'Template list expanded'... after {{tl}} Template list'

  • This template takes another template-name and some associated pipe-tricked (numbered) parameters (or 'pass parameters'), and displays them as an 'example demonstration' of how the template-name template could be coded, literally. It's primary use is in instruction and documentation.
  • Specifics: Up to five pass parameters (numbered or nowiki-keywords) for the specified template are displayed as 'placeholders', and over 5 parameters can be displayed using a coded vertical-bar (as in "&#124;..."). A keyword parameter can be used, when tagged as a nowiki-keyword: "<nowiki>siz=10<\nowiki>" with each keyword parameter surrounded by "<nowiki>" tags; see Examples at bottom. For more details, see the this talk page.
  • Exceptions: If the intended template lists numerous/keyword parameters, then perhaps this template should really not be used, and just hardcode the usage in double-braces, putting only nowiki-braces "{{" to start, such as: "<nowiki>{{<\nowiki>Anytemplate |arg1=23 |siz=250px}}".

  • If given no additional parameters except  'template name' ({{{1}}}),  it presents the same as the similar {{Tl}} macro template -- a blue link nested in curly-braces-- the same as a user would apply the template without parameters, but with a noticably clearer font and spacing on most modern browsers.
  • {{tl|Tl}} display compared to {{tlx|Tl}}: (Tl: {{Tlx}} versus Tlx: {{tl}})
  • Comparatively, {{tl}} will not take or display additional parameters, and for minor technical reasons, may preferred for mere listing and referencing in long pages involving a lot of template expansions1.
  • Additionally, Tlx will take a 'named' parameter 'SISTER' to link interwiki to other sister projects such as one of these examples: '|SISTER=W:', 'Tlx|SISTER=M:', 'Tlx|SISTER=Q:', 'Tlx|SISTER=S:', allowing documentation or discourse about a template across interwiki boundaries. Small 'front end' Shell or convience templates {{tlxw}} and {{tlxm}} are typing-aid templates available at Meta for automatic substitution in discussions about templates on Wikipedia or Meta.

This usage also applies to interwiki capable template variations
  1. {{Tlxc}} -- which links to templates on Wikimedia Commons (The Commons).
  2. {{Tlxm}} -- which links to templates on Meta
  3. {{Tlxw}} -- which links to templates on Wikipedia


{{Tlx}} is a generalization of {{tl|x}}, {{tlp|x|y}}, etcetera with arguably better readable output. This depends on the browser, but too narrow uses of "{", "|", "}" in conjunction with links can be hard to read.




On the source sister projects, en.wikipedia and Meta, X0, X1, X2,..., X9 are sandbox templates for experimentation on involved templates that need be in template space. An auto-cleansing software facility exists that might be used to duplicate the facility on other Sister projects.
Code Result Remark
{{tlx|x0}} {{x0}}  
{{tlx|x1|one}} {{x1|one}}  
{{tlx|x2|one|two}} {{x2|one|two}}  
{{tlx|x3|1|2|3}} {{x3|1|2|3}}  
{{tlx|x4|1|2|3|4}} {{x4|1|2|3|4}} up to 5 parameters, then ...
{{tlx|x4|1|2|3&#124;4}} {{x4|1|2|3|4}} &#124; for more
{{tlx|x1|x=u}} {{x1}} = won't work
{{tlx|x1|x&#61;u}} {{x1|x=u}} &#61; is okay
{{tlx|x1|<nowiki>x=u</nowiki>}} {{x1|x=u}} sticky nowiki is okay
{{tlx|x2| |two}} {{x2|two}} empty won't work
{{tlx|x2|&#32;|two}} {{x2| |two}} &#32; is okay
{{tlx|x2|&nbsp;|two}} {{x2| |two}} &nbsp; is okay
{{tlx|x2| &#124; two}} {{x2| | two}} &#124; is okay
{{tlx|x2| {{!}} two}} {{x2| | two}} {{!}} is dubious
{{tlx|x2|2=|3=two}} {{x2|two}} empty really doesn't work
{{tlx|x2|2=one|two}} {{x2|two}} two clobbers 2=one
{{tlx|x2|3=two|2=one}} {{x2|one|two}} right to left okay

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