Template:Link language

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This template is used to indicate to readers that an external link is in a foreign language.

It should generally be placed after the external link, although this is not set in stone; for more information, see the Manual of Style. English is the default language, and does not need to be noted using this template, unless there is a reason the reader would assume the link to be in a foreign language (e.g. a foreign title).

For citations, the |language= parameter of the various citation templates ({{cite web}}, {{cite news}}, {{cite journal}}, etc.) should be used instead.

To note a span of text in a different language, {{lang}} or one of the {{lang-x}} templates ({{lang-fr}}, {{lang-ast}}, etc.) should be used instead.

Usage[change source]

{{link language|<language code>}}
{{link language|<language code>|cat-lang=<language name>}}

The language code is usually an ISO 639 code but it may be any valid IETF language tag. Note that language codes do not always coincide with country codes; see the list of ISO 3166-1 codes. The language name displayed is obtained via {{#invoke:Lang|name_from_tag}} which uses the following data:

  1. Module:Lang/data – special override codes / names (looks here first)
  2. Module:Language/data/iana languages – as defined by the IETF-sanctioned IANA registry
  3. Module:Language/data/ISO 639-3 – as defined in ISO 639-3
  4. Module:Language/data/wp languages – specific to Wikipedia

Articles using this template are automatically added to a language-specific hidden category. For example, an article using {{in lang|fr}} is added to Category:Articles with French-language external links. The |cat-lang= parameter may be used in cases where the language name displayed is different from the language name in the category.

Examples[change source]

ISO 639-1 code for French:

ISO 639-2 and ISO 639-3 code for Asturian:

IETF language tag code for Brazilian Portuguese:

Examples with cat-lang parameter[change source]

{{in lang|bla|cat-lang=Blackfoot}}(in Blackfoot)

{{in lang|ilo|cat-lang=Ilocano}}(in Ilocano)

{{in lang|ksh|cat-lang=Colognian}}(in Kölsch)

{{in lang|nan|cat-lang=Min-nan}}(in Min Nan Chinese)

{{in lang|prs|cat-lang=Persian}}(in Dari)

User-defined CSS[change source]

Logged in users can change the appearance of the template's output using CSS with the languageicon class. For example, edit Special:MyPage/common.css and add span.languageicon { font-weight: bold; }. That would result in {{link language|fr}} being displayed as (in French) instead of (in French).

TemplateData[change source]

This is the TemplateData for this template used by TemplateWizard, VisualEditor and other tools. Click here to see a monthly parameter usage report for this template based on this TemplateData.

TemplateData for Link language

Displays a language name based on an ISO 639 code, often used after a foreign language reference following the manual of style.

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

language code1

The ISO 639 language code or IETF language tag, e.g. 'fr' for French, 'pt-BR' for Brazilian Portuguese


See also[change source]