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This template should be used on articles only if other topics and articles exist with very similar names. For most articles, this is not true, so do not use this template on them.
This template uses Lua:
{{About}} is a commonly used hatnote template on Wikipedia, and should be placed at the top of an article (but following
{{Short description}}
, if present), linking the reader to other articles with similar titles or concepts that they may have been seeking instead. The template has several formats, including:
  • {{About}}

    For other uses, see About (disambiguation).
  • {{About|Use1}}

    This template is about Use1. For other uses, see About (disambiguation).
  • {{​About​||Use2|Article2}}

    For Use2, see Article2.
  • {{​About​|Use1||Article2}}

    This template is about Use1. For other uses, see Article2.
  • {{​About​|Use1||Article2|and|Article3}}
    This template is about Use1. For other uses, see Article2 and Article3.
  • {{​About​|Use1|Use2|Article2}}

    This template is about Use1. For Use2, see Article2.
  • {{​About​|Use1|Use2|Article2|and|Article3}}

    This template is about Use1. For Use2, see Article2 and Article3.
  • {{​About​|Use1|Use2|Article2|Use3|Article3}}

    This template is about Use1. For Use2, see Article2. For Use3, see Article3.
  • {{​About​|Use1|Use2|Article2|other uses}}

    This template is about Use1. For Use2, see Article2. For other uses, see About (disambiguation).
Alternately, a section=yes parameter can be added to the {{About}} template for use at the top of a section. When using this parameter, the wording in the template changes to specify that it is being used in a section:
  • {{​About​|Use1|section=yes}}
    This section is about Use1. For other uses, see About (disambiguation).
  • {{​About​|Use1||Article2|section=yes}}

    This section is about Use1. For other uses, see Article2.
  • {{​About​|Use1|Use2|Article2|section=yes}}

    This section is about Use1. For Use2, see Article2.
  • {{​About​|Use1|Use2|Article2|and|Article3|section=yes}}

    This section is about Use1. For Use2, see Article2 and Article3.
  • {{​About​|Use1|Use2|Article2|other uses|section=yes}}
    This section is about Use1. For Use2, see Article2. For other uses, see About (disambiguation).
A |text= option adds text to the end; note that this should be only used when truly necessary, and the other hatnote templates listed below don't suffice. This template also supports |selfref=.
For more options, find "{{About}}" in the text below.
For reference, see Wikipedia:hatnote and documentation below.
TemplateData
This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.
TemplateData for About
This template is a hatnote in the format "This page is about … For other uses …".
Template parameters
ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Page description1What the page this template is placed on is about ("This page is about …")Stringsuggested
Other page 1 description2What the first other page is about. If unused or blank, defaults to "For other uses".Stringsuggested
Other page 1 title3The title of the first other page. If unused, defaults to "[page title] (disambiguation)".Page namesuggested
Other page 2 description4What the second other page is about.Stringoptional
Other page 2 title5The title of the second other page. If unused or blank and parameter 4 exists, defaults to "[page title] (disambiguation)".Page nameoptional
Other page 3 description6What the third other page is about.Stringoptional
Other page 3 title7The title of the third other page. If unused or blank and parameter 6 exists, defaults to "[page title] (disambiguation)".Page nameoptional
Other page 4 description8What the fourth other page is about.Stringoptional
Other page 4 title9The title of the fourth other page. If unused or blank and parameter 8 exists, defaults to "[page title] (disambiguation)".Page nameoptional
sectionsection
Pass "yes" in this parameter to get wording appropriate for use at the top of a section.
Auto value
yes
Stringoptional
Custom texttextText to be appended to the end.Stringoptional
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Last edited on 27 February 2018, at 17:34
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