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For immediate help with templates, see Help:Template at Meta.

A template is a wiki-page, containing a section of wikitext to be inserted into other pages (via either "transclusion" or "substitution").

Templates at Wikiversity have a variety of purposes:

  1. Messaging: Everyone needs little signs along the way - see especially "page flags" and "ratings" templates below.
  2. Navigation and classification: Things that need to appear the same on many pages while linking them together often contain compact navigational aids or infoboxes
  3. Learning: Templates may add functionality, content or formatting to a page which assists its educational purpose.
  4. Fun: Userboxes have long been a tradition with Wikimedians, Wikipedians, Wiktionarians and such. Wikiversitans should be no different.
  5. Iterative computation: See meta:help:recursive conversion of wikitext.

Guide to templates[edit]

The following is a user-friendly guide to the most important kinds of template. There is an exhaustive list of categorised templates which does not include uncategorised templates. See also: list of templates, including uncategorised ones.

  • Messaging templates
    • Page flagging templates - some of the most useful administrative templates for quickly marking pages for merges, deletion, or for putting requests, information or warnings at the top.
    • Ratings templates - ratings displays, for rating the maturity/activity of learning projects, or other ratings purposes. (NB: the size of the images in the percentage boxes needs increasing for proper display).
    • Welcome templates

You can help[edit]

Please [[Help:]] the Template Taskforce develop this Help page and participate in Template Policy discussions.

Learn by doing!


Note: See Wikiversity:Naming conventions for more information. You may also want to look over Introduction to Wiki and Wiki 101 if you are uncomfortable creating and editing pages.


Help namespace[edit]

To see what's in the Help: namespace, click Special pages to your left. Scroll down to Prefix index and click that. Then, where it says Namespace:, click the drop-down box, select Help then hit Go.

You will then see a page – All pages (Help namespace) which gives you an alphabetized list something like Category through [[Help: WordToWiki|]]. These are your basic Help: pages at Wikiversity.

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