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*What to Include in the Template Documentation:
 
*What to Include in the Template Documentation:
 
**Template's Name
 
**Template's Name
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**Template's Type
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***general-use,
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***categories-related (if so, specify which),
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***set-of-pages-related (if so, specify which)
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***etc.
 
**Template's Purpose -- give a clear but concise explanation
 
**Template's Purpose -- give a clear but concise explanation
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**What is expected to invoke the template -- another template, category, or article?
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***which one(s) specifically if known? 
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**What should not invoke the template -- another template, category, or article?
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***which one(s) specifically if known?
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***And, why, if reason is not apparent.
 
**Template's Parameters, if any are used
 
**Template's Parameters, if any are used
 
***Parameter Name
 
***Parameter Name
***Parameter Description, if Parameter Name is not perfectly clear
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***Parameter Description, if Parameter Name is unclear, because it is anonymous, numbered, or specified but abbreviated
***Expected Value(s) of the parameter -- this includes unspecified, specified with no value, and specific expected values
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***Expected Value(s) of the parameter -- this includes:
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****unspecified,  
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****specified with no value,  
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****and specific expected values -- list the specific values
 
***Default Value of the parameter, if default value is used
 
***Default Value of the parameter, if default value is used
 
***Is a parameter-value required?
 
***Is a parameter-value required?
***
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***Any other notes about the parameter
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****Does this variable override or hide another variable's value.  If so, explain.
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****Can this variable be overridden or hidden by another variable's value.  If so, explain.
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****If this template is invoked by other templates, does the behavior of template vary based upon which other template invokes this one?  If so, which one(s) and how?
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**Examples of how to invoke the template.  Each example should be displayed so that it may be copy-pasted by another Wiki-editor who wants to invoke the template in that manner.
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***Example(s) of how the template is invoked with only the required values provided, and default values (This is likely to be the simplest way to invoke this template.)
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****Results of this technique
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***Example(s) of how the template is invoked with appropriate combinations of required values and specified values that override the default values
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****Results of this technique
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***Example(s) of how the template is invoked with the most complex or complete use of parameters.
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****Results of this technique
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***Example(s) of how the template can be invoked to produce unexpected but useful results
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****Results of this technique
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***Example(s) of how the template should not be invoked, if the situation is an easy error to make.
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****Results of this technique
  
 
==How to Document a Short Simple Template==
 
==How to Document a Short Simple Template==

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Template Documentation

  • Templates are documented either in the template itself (when the template is short and simple), or in a "/doc" sub-page. The "/doc" sub-page link will be found at the bottom of the template, and will be the template's name with "/doc" appended to it (without quotes). Example: Template:Cat_State's documentation is located at: Template:Cat_State/doc

Templates List

  • Template-names have been chosen with the purpose of them sorting alphabetically in such a way that templates with similar purposes will naturally sort together in the list.

What to Consider When Creating or Documenting a Template

Template Name Selection

  • Template Names must be chosen with these ideas in mind:
    • Template Names should be short and concise, not long and verbose. Abbreviations are often appropriate.
    • Template Names should clearly reflect the purpose of the template.
    • Template Names should be chosen so that they sort together with similar-purpose templates.
    • Template Names should follow the standard naming convention so that the name begins with a broader description and ends with a more specific description
      • Example: Cat_StateFireSvcsFreq
        • Cat = the template is related to the Wiki's categories
        • State = the template is related to state-specific categories
        • FireSvcs = the template is related to state-specific fire-services categories
        • Freq = the template is related to state-specific fire-services categories that list frequencies.

Template Documentation Style

  • Template Documentation will vary based upon Template-Type.
    • A "Text..." template which uses no parameters, and only displays boilerplate text, probably will only require brief documentation at the bottom of the template itself.
    • An "InfoBox..." template which uses several parameters, will likely deserve a separate "/doc" sub-page so that the template's documentation does not clutter and oversize the template itself.

Template Documentation Content

  • What to Include in the Template Documentation:
    • Template's Name
    • Template's Type
      • general-use,
      • categories-related (if so, specify which),
      • set-of-pages-related (if so, specify which)
      • etc.
    • Template's Purpose -- give a clear but concise explanation
    • What is expected to invoke the template -- another template, category, or article?
      • which one(s) specifically if known?
    • What should not invoke the template -- another template, category, or article?
      • which one(s) specifically if known?
      • And, why, if reason is not apparent.
    • Template's Parameters, if any are used
      • Parameter Name
      • Parameter Description, if Parameter Name is unclear, because it is anonymous, numbered, or specified but abbreviated
      • Expected Value(s) of the parameter -- this includes:
        • unspecified,
        • specified with no value,
        • and specific expected values -- list the specific values
      • Default Value of the parameter, if default value is used
      • Is a parameter-value required?
      • Any other notes about the parameter
        • Does this variable override or hide another variable's value. If so, explain.
        • Can this variable be overridden or hidden by another variable's value. If so, explain.
        • If this template is invoked by other templates, does the behavior of template vary based upon which other template invokes this one? If so, which one(s) and how?
    • Examples of how to invoke the template. Each example should be displayed so that it may be copy-pasted by another Wiki-editor who wants to invoke the template in that manner.
      • Example(s) of how the template is invoked with only the required values provided, and default values (This is likely to be the simplest way to invoke this template.)
        • Results of this technique
      • Example(s) of how the template is invoked with appropriate combinations of required values and specified values that override the default values
        • Results of this technique
      • Example(s) of how the template is invoked with the most complex or complete use of parameters.
        • Results of this technique
      • Example(s) of how the template can be invoked to produce unexpected but useful results
        • Results of this technique
      • Example(s) of how the template should not be invoked, if the situation is an easy error to make.
        • Results of this technique

How to Document a Short Simple Template

How to Document a Template using a "/doc" Sub-Page




Pages: Templates-List: General Use Only, Infobox-Related, Categories-Related, Sets of Related Pages, Doc.