Template:Shortcut

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A shortcut is a shorter alternative name for a resource or section of a resource. The shortcut requires a redirect to work.

Usage

  1. Insert the shortcut. If for a section, place above the section name.
  2. Create a redirect page with the {{R from shortcut}} template suffixed to the redirect. Name the page after your shortcut name. Include the namespace name in both the shortcut name and the redirect page name. For example, substituting your own shortcut name as the title of the page, and substituting the proper namespace, add the following as the top-line on your redirect page:
    #REDIRECT [[Namespace:Title of page with#Optional very long section name]] {{R from shortcut}}
  3. Verify operation. Note that shortcut templates should display in all capitals, but operate without all capitals.

These templates are mainly used on user pages and talk pages in reference to Wikiversity, Help, and Portal namespaces. These templates inform about the shortcuts available to the page they are on. For example, WV:C redirects to Wikiversity:Colloquium and therefore Wikiversity:Colloquium renders a shortcut box listing WV:C. It is a self-reference that is normally avoided in the main resource namespace.

The point of these templates is not to list every single redirect for a page (indeed, that's what "What links here" is for), instead they should list only one or two common and easily-remembered redirects.

The shortcut template can take up to five shortcuts as parameters.

Examples

Code Result
{{Template:Shortcut|WV:C}}
Shortcut:
WV:C
{{Template:Shortcut|align=left|WV:C|WV:D|WV:RFD}}
Shortcuts:
WV:C
WV:D
WV:RFD

Anchors

If a shortcut box with the shortcut WV:C is placed on the page Wikiversity:Colloquium then the link Wikiversity:Colloquium#WV:C will take you to the position in the page where that shortcut box is placed.

Thus if you make a shortcut for a section of a page then you can use the anchor in the shortcut redirect itself. Like this:

#REDIRECT [[Pagename#WP:SHORT]] {{R from shortcut}}

See also

  • {{R_from_shortcut}}
  • {{anchor}} - a way to overcome the otherwise permanent fact that section titles are the only way to link to a section
  • {{template shortcut}} – Use this one to show the names of shortcuts/redirects to a template.