Template:Infobox German location/instructions

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Template Infobox_German_Location makes it possible to copy town-data from other infoboxes, such as:

For many fields, a simple copy-and-paste will suffice. But this template contains a few extra fields, and there are a number of translation issues that you must be aware of.

IMPORTANT: This template is only to be used for municipalities, towns and cities (i.e. Kreise subdivisions). This template is NOT to be used for subdivisions of municipalities/towns/cities (e.g. suburbs, borroughs, etc.). If there is sufficient demand for such infobox support, a different infobox will be built specifically for these further subdivisions.

Parameters[change source]

Parameters with German names (plus geographical co-ordinates parameters) are the same names used in the German wiki infobox. Parameters with only English names are only used in the English wiki. There are English-name aliases for many of the German-name parameters (more in the future), so either the German or English parameter name can be used, depending on copying infobox data from other sources.

Required parameters are displayed in orange.

Delete any unneeded fields when using the full template syntax.

Name[change source]

English name of location. Use only if name is different from article name.

German_name or local_name[change source]

German name of location. Use only if name is different from English name.

Art or type[change source]

Needed. Type of location. Used for article categorisation. Accepts German and English names. Accepted values:

  • Municipality / Gemeinde - default
  • Town / Stadt - if the municipality has town-rights (i.e. it appears on this list)
  • City - towns with more than 100,000 people (i.e. it appears on this list)
  • Amt / Gemeindeverwaltungsverband / Samtgemeinde / Verbandsgemeinde / Verwaltungsgemeinschaft / Verwaltungsverband - collective municipality

image_photo or repres_image[change source]

The top image, a representative photo of the location: skyline, notable landmark, etc. The image used should be wider than it is tall, to keep the infobox as compact as possible. No wikilinks.

imagesize[change source]

Avoid. Use only when it is necessary to reduce the size of the above image from its default value of 268px. Tall images could be reduced, such as 220px, to balance the infobox appearance.

image_caption[change source]

Caption underneath representative image. Keep as short as possible. Allows wikilinks.

Wappen or image_coa[change source]

Coat of arms image. No wikilinks. Leave blank if image is unknown or unavailable. If the location simply does not have a coat of arms, put: Wappen = none.

Wappengröße[change source]

Avoid. Use only when it is necessary to reduce the size of the above image from its default value of 120px.

lat_deg, lat_min, lat_sec, lon_deg, lon_min, lon_sec[change source]

Needed. Geographical co-ordinates of location. Give location in degrees and minutes (seconds can be given, but will not be displayed).

Karte[change source]

Avoid. Name of locator-map image. However, from the given geographical co-ordinates, a common map will be generated showing the position of the location within Germany. If, for some reason, the generated map does not work properly, use this field to replace the generated map with a specific image.

Bundesland or state[change source]

Needed Federal state to which the location belongs. No wikilinks. Accepts English and German names, translates many names to English.

Regierungsbezirk or region[change source]

Name of the administrative region (Regierungsbezirk) that the location belongs to. Not used for all states. Regierungsbezirk articles on the English wiki are named "xxxx (region)", so only the name of the region is needed here (without wikilinks) and the infobox should link to the correct article.

Kreis / Landkreis or district[change source]

Needed. District that the location belongs to. If the location is an urban district, say Kreis = urban. District articles on the English wiki are named "xxxx (district)" or without the "(district)" part. For most cases, only the name of the district (xxxx) is needed here (without wikilinks) and the infobox should link to the correct article.

Amt, Gemeindeverwaltungsverband, Samtgemeinde, Verbandsgemeinde, Verwaltungsgemeinschaft, Verwaltungsverband[change source]

Some locations belong to a collective municipality of some sort. Fill in the corresponding field and delete all unused fields.

Gliederung or divisions[change source]

Local subdivisions. When copying towninfo directly from the German wiki, please translate content of this field to English and remove any red links.

Bürgermeister or mayor[change source]

Name of the mayor/lord mayor/etc. Wikilinks automatically generated if the entry exists.

Bürgermeistertitel[change source]

Title: Mayor / Bürgermeister, Lord Mayor / Oberbürgermeister, etc. Use wikilinks only if linking to a specific article (e.g. Lord Mayor). Default is "Mayor"

Partei or party[change source]

Political party of Mayor/Lord Mayor/etc. Use standard party abbreviations (CDU, SPD, Green, FDP, PDS, FWG, etc.) and the correct wikilinks should be generated (if not, leave a comment on the template talk page). For independent politicians, say Partei=ind

ruling_party1, ruling_party2, ruling_party3[change source]

Party or parties that govern this location. Fill in this field in the same way as the Partei field.

Fläche or area[change source]

Area in square kilometres. Will automatically calculate value in square miles. Enter value without spaces or commas, otherwise an error message will be displayed in the area field.

area_metro[change source]

Are of metropolitan area in square kilometres. Will automatically calculate value in square miles. Enter value without spaces or commas, otherwise an error message will be displayed in the area field. Only the bigger cities will have a need for this field.

Höhe or elevation[change source]

Elevation in metres. Will automatically calculate value in feet. For some entries, a range of elevation values is given in the German wiki. To prevent an error in the conversion to feet, any range values must use a simple minus sign instead of any other dash characters. Elevation ranges will not be converted to feet.

Einwohner or population[change source]

Population. If area is also given, population density will also be calculated. Enter value without spaces or commas, otherwise an error message will be displayed in the density field.

Stand[change source]

Date for population value. Enter in YYYY-MM-DD format (e.g. 2006-12-31)

pop_metro[change source]

Population of metropolitan area. Only the bigger cities will have a need for this field.

pop_urban[change source]

Population of urban area. Only the bigger cities will have a need for this field.

pop_ref[change source]

Source for population statistic(s). Needed to make it easier to update population values in the future. The German wiki does not use this field, but the earlier English template {{Infobox Town DE}} does. This field must use the <ref>-code, citing the document or website. When this field is filled in, you must add a references section at the end of the article if it does not already have one. (e.g. with {{reflist}})
Citation examples:

  1. Minimum requirement: pop_ref=<ref>[http://www.samplesite.de Population source]</ref>
  2. Expanded syntax: <ref>{{cite web |title=Bevölkerung im Regierungsbezirk Köln |url=http://www.lds.nrw.de/statistik/datenangebot/Regionen/amtlichebevoelkerungszahlen/rp3_juni06.html |author=Landesamt für Datenverarbeitung und Statistik Nordrhein-Westfalen |accessdate=2007-04-25 |language=German}}</ref>

Kfz or licence[change source]

Car number plate code for the location (1-3 capital letters).

Vorwahl or area_code[change source]

Telephone area code. If various values are given, display as a simple range (if possible). Avoid descriptions of each code.

PLZ or postal_code[change source]

Postal code. If various values are given, display as a simple range (if possible). Avoid descriptions of each code.

year[change source]

Year of foundation, NOT the year of the first recorded mention of the location.

Website or website[change source]

Official website of the location. Trim displayed URL as much as possible. (e.g. Website=[http://www.samplesite.de samplesite.de])

Lageplan or image_plan[change source]

Zoomed-in map image displaying location within a region of Germany (e.g., a state or a Kreis), with optional width, plansize=265px.

Lageplanbeschreibung or plantext[change source]

Caption for map image given by Lageplan. The template will attempt to automatically create a caption, using values given for other fields. If the caption does not match with the image, use this field to manually enter a caption.

_noautocat[change source]

Give a value of "yes" to prevent auto-categorisation. Used only on draft articles (i.e. in the User space)

Non-displayed fields[change source]

The German wiki has a number of variables that are not displayed here if copied over:

  • PLZ-alt Older postcode(s)
  • Gemeindeschlüssel CIN value: "XX X XX XXX"
  • NUTS NUTS value: "DEXXX"
  • LOCODE UN/LOCODE value: "DE XXX"