Template:Adjacent communities

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Usage[change source]

{{Adjacent communities
 | Centre    = 
 | North     = 
 | Northeast = 
 | East      = 
 | Southeast = 
 | South     = 
 | Southwest = 
 | West      = 
 | Northwest = 
}}

Or:

{{Adjacent communities
 | Centre = 
 | N  = 
 | NE = 
 | E  = 
 | SE = 
 | S  = 
 | SW = 
 | W  = 
 | NW = 
}}

This template provides for a convenient compass-based navigational aid for articles about communities. It allows you to display the communities surrounding the subject of your article.

While this template may be useful for cities, it certainly is redundant for continents, countries and other large geographical areas like states, provinces and islands. In the lead paragraphs of those types of articles, all surrounding countries and features are invariably stated and linked and there's usually a map in the infobox too.

The only required field is |Centre=; the template defaults to an "(enter location)" in the centre of the box message if nothing is entered here (see note below). The fields |Northwest= (|NW=), |North= (|N=), |Northeast= (|NE=), |West= (|W=), |East= (|E=), |Southwest= (|SW=), |South= (|S=), and |Southeast= (|SE=) are optional. They will be hidden when not used; when values are entered for the relevant parameters, the fields will automatically appear. (Normal Wiki markup can be used in the fields, such as links, colours, and bold/italics.)

The template is coded to handle the American spelling "center". It first looks for a value in |Centre=, then in |Center=; it defaults to the "(enter location)" message if both are left blank.

How to use and not use this template[change source]

In order to ensure consistent usage, the following guidelines apply:

  • This template is for immediately adjacent places only.
  • Use same-level jurisdictions or equivalent in the directional fields as in the centre. For instance, when using this template for a province, show adjacent provinces; when using it for a municipality, show adjacent municipalities; when using it for unincorporated places, show adjacent unincorporated communities; etc.
  • When a municipality borders an international, provincial, or state boundary, try to use a municipality in that adjacent jurisdiction rather than the jurisdiction itself.
  • Geographical features such as oceans, rivers, lakes, and mountains should be in italics to differentiate them. But this should only be used sparingly for major defining features, in particular if there is no adjacent jurisdiction (e.g. sea, lake, etc.).
  • Avoid cluttering the template with too much detail; it is a navigational guide to provide links to adjacent locations, not a map.
  • Don't use flag icons for every link, see MOS:INFOBOXFLAG. They don't add value and are unnecessarily distracting.

Placement in article[change source]

  • WP:LAYOUTNAV specifies that navboxes, including geography boxes such as this one, are placed after the "External links" section (i.e., immediately before categories; they should also be placed after stub templates).

Examples[change source]

Here is an example for Ottawa (capital of Canada) demonstrating the guidelines above:

{{Adjacent communities
 | Centre    = Ottawa
 | North     = [[Pontiac, Quebec|Pontiac]], [[Gatineau]] ([[Quebec]])<br/>''[[Ottawa River]]''
 | Northeast = [[Lochaber-Partie-Ouest, Quebec|Lochaber-Partie-Ouest]] ([[Quebec]])<br/>''[[Ottawa River]]''
 | East      = [[Clarence-Rockland, Ontario|Clarence-Rockland]]
 | Southeast = [[Russell, Ontario|Russell]], [[The Nation, Ontario|The Nation]]
 | South     = [[North Grenville, Ontario|North Grenville]], [[North Dundas, Ontario|North Dundas]]
 | Southwest = [[Merrickville-Wolford, Ontario|Merrickville-Wolford]]
 | West      = [[Mississippi Mills, Ontario|Mississippi Mills]]<br/>[[Beckwith, Ontario|Beckwith]]<br/>[[Montague, Ontario|Montague]]
 | Northwest = [[Arnprior, Ontario|Arnprior]]
}}

produces:


Not all directions necessarily need to be filled.

{{Adjacent communities
 | Centre = Knokke-Heist
 | N = ''[[North Sea]]''
 | E = [[Sluis]] ([[Netherlands|NL]]-[[Zeeland|ZE]])
 | S = [[Damme]]
 | W = [[Bruges]]
}}

produces:

Optional parameters[change source]

Title[change source]

The default title is "Places adjacent to {{PAGENAME}}". To override this, an optional title can be added; use |title=. This is particularly useful where 2 boxes are needed. For example, |title=Eastern part (includes the poblacion) produces:

Width (nesting/floating box)[change source]

By default, the width of the geographic location box is 100%, and is forced to clear below any left or right floating elements. To allow the box to position next to an infobox, image, or other floating element, enter |width=auto on the first line.

Example infobox
LabelData
LabelData
LabelData

Expansion state[change source]

Use |state=expanded to force the box to the expanded state, or |state=collapsed to hide it.

Tracking category[change source]


Usage[change source]

{{Geographic location
|Centre    =  (or Center=)
|North     = 
|Northeast = 
|East      = 
|Southeast = 
|South     = 
|Southwest = 
|West      = 
|Northwest = 
}}

This template provides for a convenient compass-based navigational aid for articles about communities. It allows you to display the communities surrounding the subject of your article. The only required field is "Centre"; the template defaults to an "(enter city)" in the centre of the box message if nothing is entered here (see note below). The fields Northwest, North, Northeast, West, East, Southwest, South, and Southeast are optional. They will be hidden when not used; when values are entered for the relevant parameters, the fields will automatically appear. (Normal Wiki markup can be used in the fields, such as links, colours, and bold/italics.)

The template is coded to handle the American spelling "center". It first looks for a value in "Centre", then in "Center"; it defaults to the "(add city)" message if both are left blank.

To allow the template to be placed next to an infobox or other object that is placed on the left or right side of the screen, add |width=auto.

In order to ensure consistent usage, the following guidelines are suggested:

  • Use same-level jurisdictions or equivalent in the directional fields as in the centre. For instance, when using this template for a province, show adjacent provinces; when using it for a municipality, show adjacent municipalities; when using it for unincorporated places, show adjacent unincorporated communities; etc.
  • When a municipality borders an international, provincial, or state boundary, try to use a municipality in that adjacent jurisdiction rather than the jurisdiction itself.
  • Geographical features such as oceans, seas, lakes, and mountains should be in italics to differentiate them.
  • Avoid cluttering the template with too much detail; it is a general guide, not a detailed map.

Here is an example for Ottawa (capital of Canada) demonstrating the guidelines above: