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Location of Yellowstone in the north-western United States of America
The location map template generates a location map as a composite image, consisting of a map and a location mark. Optionally, a label and caption can be added.
Usage
Map image files are not accessed directly, but by using an auxiliary map definition. For example, if the first unnamed parameter supplied to this template is Japan, then this template uses the entry for Japan in Module:Location map/data/Japan if it exists, otherwise it uses {{Location map Japan}}, one of which contains the data needed to generate the composite image.
Please note
  • Assigning any value to the parameter |caption= causes the map to be displayed as a thumbnail image. If this parameter is not declared, the template will generate a default caption.
  • The coordinates are not checked. If the coordinates specified fall outside the area covered by the map image, the location mark will not display inside the image; however, it may be displayed somewhere else on the page.
  • Do not use px when setting the map image size. Using |width=200px will usually cause a very large map to be displayed. Use |width=200.
  • To create a map with more than one location mark, use either {{Location map+}} or {{Location map many}}.
Blank templates
Blank templates
Decimal degreesDegrees, minutes, secondsWith {{Coord}}
(usually for infoboxes)
Wikidata
{{Location map|{{{1}}} |width = |float = |border = |caption = |alt = |relief = |AlternativeMap= |overlay_image = |label = |label_size = |position = |background = |mark = |marksize = |link = |lat_deg = |lon_deg = }}
{{Location map|{{{1}}} |width = |float = |border = |caption = |alt = |relief = |AlternativeMap= |overlay_image = |label = |label_size = |position = |background = |mark = |marksize = |link = |lat_deg = |lat_min = |lat_sec = |lat_dir = |lon_deg = |lon_min = |lon_sec = |lon_dir = }}
{{Location map|{{{1}}} |width = |float = |border = |caption = |alt = |relief = |AlternativeMap= |overlay_image = |label = |label_size = |position = |background = |mark = |marksize = |coordinates= }}
{{Location map|{{{1}}} |width = |float = |border = |caption = |alt = |relief = |AlternativeMap= |overlay_image = |label = |label_size = |position = |background = |mark = |marksize = }}
Parameters
Parameters
Parameter kindParameterDescription
Map display{{{1}}}Required – use the name of the map as the first unnamed parameter; for example, specifying England will use the values for England in Module:Location map/data/England if it exists, or {{Location map England}} if it does not. See the examples below. Multiple maps can be shown by providing a list of map names separated by #. For multiple maps, the first is shown by default. A reader can select the others with radio buttons.
widthDetermines the width of the map in pixels, overriding any default values; do not include px. For example, use |width=300, not |width=300px.
default_widthDetermines the default width of the map in pixels, intended for use by templates, e.g. place infoboxes; the default value is 240. Do not include px. This value will be multiplied by the defaultscale parameter specified in individual map templates, if it exists, in order to achieve an appropriate size for vertical maps. For example, if |default_width=200 is given, a map of Thailand will be displayed with a width of 200×0.57=114 pixels (as specified in Module:Location map/data/Thailand).
max_widthThe maximum size of the map in pixels. Intended for use by templates, e.g. place infoboxes. Do not include px.
floatSpecifies the position of the map on the page; valid values are left, right, center and none. The default is right.
borderSpecifies the colour of the 1px map border; the default is lightgrey (see web colors). If set to none, no border will be generated. This parameter is seldom used.
captionThe text of a caption to be displayed below the map; specifying a caption will cause the map to be displayed with a frame. If |caption= is defined but not assigned a value, the map will not be framed and no caption will be displayed. If |caption= is not defined, the map will not be framed and a default caption will be generated. The default caption is created from the |label= parameter (or the current page name if |label= not defined) and the |name= parameter from the map definition template. Multiple captions can be shown when separated by ## (that's two).
altAlt text for map; used by screen readers. See WP:ALT.
reliefAny non-blank value (1, yes, etc.) will cause the template to display the map specified in the map definition template as image1, which is usually a relief map; see the example at Location map+/relief.
AlternativeMapAllows the use of an alternative map; the image must have the same edge coordinates as the location map template. See the example at Location map+/AlternativeMap.
overlay_imageAllows an overlay to be superimposed on the map; this parameter is seldom used. See the example at Location map+/overlay.
Label and mark parameters[note 1]labelThe text of the label to display next to the identifying mark; a wikilink can be used. You can enclose the label inside of {{nowrap}} if you want to make sure that it stays on a single line. The default (if not specified) is no label, just the marker.
label_sizeThe font size to use for the label, given as a percentage of the normal font size (<100=smaller, >100=larger); the default size is 90. Do not include %. For example, use |label_size=80, not |label_size=80%. If set to 0, the label is only displayed when the user hovers over the mark.
label_widthThe width to use for the label, given as an em size; the default width is 6. Do not include em. For example, use |label_width=7, not |label_width=7em.
positionThe position of the label relative to the identifying mark; valid values are left, right, top,bottom and none. This defaults to either left or right, depending on the coordinates of the marker and its position relative to the right border of the map image. When |position=none, any defined label will not be displayed with the mark, but it will be used to create the default caption.
backgroundThe background colour to use for the label; see Web colors. The default is no background colour, which shows the map image behind the label.
markThe name of an image file to display as the identifying mark; the default is Red pog.svg (). See examples at Commons:Location markers and Commons:Category:Map icons.
marksizeThe size of the identifying mark in pixels; the default is 8. Do not include px. For example, use |marksize=10, not |marksize=10px.
linkSpecifies a wikilink which can be followed if the reader clicks on the identifying mark; do not include [[]] (double square brackets). For example, use |link=Yellowstone National Park, not |link=[​[Yellowstone National Park]].
coordinatesThe coordinates in {{Coord}} format.
Whilst not recommended, coordinates can also be entered in decimal degrees (e.g. 48.067°N 12.863°E); you shouldn't need to do this, though.
lat_degThe degrees of latitude; this value can be specified using decimal degrees, and when this format is used, minutes and seconds should not be specified.
lat_minThe minutes of latitude.
lat_secThe seconds of latitude; not usually necessary.
lat_dirN for north (default value), or S for south of the Equator; other values will be disregarded. Not required if using signed decimal degrees, i.e. negative numbers for southern latitude.
lon_degThe degrees of longitude; this value can be specified using decimal degrees, and when this format is used, minutes and seconds should not be specified.
lon_minThe minutes of longitude.
lon_secThe seconds of longitude; not usually necessary.
lon_dirE for east (default value), or W for west of the Prime Meridian; other values will be disregarded. Not required if using signed decimal degrees, i.e. negative numbers for western longitude.
^ If no coordinates are specified, the template will try to get them from the page's Wikidata item.
Available maps
Location map templates as of 5 Nov 2014. To find the best location map template covering a given place, open the SVG file in a web browser and use arrow keys and zoom function. Hovering over a region shows its name and highlights it. Clicking it loads its page.
There are over 1,000 maps available. To find other maps:
Creating new map definitions
See Creating a new map definition.
Examples
Default width and float, no label, default caption (decimal coordinates)
Note: when a label is not specified, the default caption is "Page name (Map name)", so if this example was viewed on a page named Pag, the default caption would be "Pag (Croatia)". Likewise, on a page named Pag (town), the default caption would be "Pag (town) (Croatia)".

Location map (Croatia)
{{Location map|Croatia |alt = Pag is on an island. |lat_deg = 44.44 |lon_deg = 15.05 }}
Map with the default caption (degrees/minutes)
Note: when a label is specified, the default caption is "Label text (Map name)", seen as "Pag (Croatia)" in this example.
Pag
Pag (Croatia)
{{Location map|Croatia |width = 200 |float = right |alt = Pag is on an island. |label = Pag |position = right |mark = Green pog.svg <!--green dot--> |lat_deg = 44 |lat_min = 26 <!-- default: lat_dir = N --> |lon_deg = 15 |lon_min = 3 <!-- default: lon_dir = E --> }}
When |position=none, the label text is not displayed next to the mark, but is still used in the default caption and default alt text.

Pag (Croatia)
{{Location map|Croatia |width = 200 |float = right |label = Pag
|position = none
|mark = Green pog.svg <!--green dot--> |lat_deg = 44 |lat_min = 26 <!-- default: lat_dir = N --> |lon_deg = 15 |lon_min = 3 <!-- default: lon_dir = E --> }}
Mark outside of map border, no caption
Rimini
{{Location map|Croatia |width = 200 |float = right |caption = |alt = Rimini in Italy (outside the map) |lat_deg = 44.05
|lon_deg = 12.57 <!--outside maps left border at 13.1-->
|outside = 1 <!--we're aware the point is outside the map, so suppress the warning category-->
|label = Rimini |position = right }}
Caption, label_size, background, mark, marksize
Rimini
Location of Rimini in Italy
{{Location map|Italy |width = 200 |float = right |caption = Location of Rimini in Italy |alt = Map of Italy with mark showing location of Rimini |label = Rimini
|label_size = 150 <!--150% of normal size-->
|position = bottom |background = orange
|mark = Orange_pog.svg
|marksize = 12 <!--size in pixels-->
|lat_deg = 44.05 |lon_deg = 12.57 }}
AlternativeMap parameter
Rome
Location of Rome in Italy
{{Location map|Italy
|AlternativeMap = Italy location map.svg
|width = 200 |float = right |caption = Location of Rome in Italy |alt = Map of Italy with mark showing location of Rome |label = Rome |lat_deg = 41.9 |lon_deg = 12.5 }}
Relief parameter
Also demonstrates automatic positioning of label to the left due to the far right position of the mark.
Biratnagar
Location of Biratnagar Airport in Nepal
{{Location map|Nepal
|relief = yes
|caption = Location of Biratnagar Airport in Nepal |alt = Biratnagar Airport is located in southeastern Nepal. |label = Biratnagar |mark = Airplane silhouette.svg |marksize = 10 |lat_deg = 26 |lat_min = 28 |lat_sec = 53 |lat_dir = N |lon_deg = 87 |lon_min = 15 |lon_sec = 50 |lon_dir = E }}
Biratnagar
Location of Biratnagar Airport in Nepal
{{Location map|Nepal
|relief =
|caption = Location of Biratnagar Airport in Nepal |alt = Biratnagar Airport is located in southeastern Nepal. |label = Biratnagar |mark = Airplane silhouette.svg |marksize = 10 |lat_deg = 26 |lat_min = 28 |lat_sec = 53 |lat_dir = N |lon_deg = 87 |lon_min = 15 |lon_sec = 50 |lon_dir = E }}
User selection of multiple maps
Lockerbie
Lockerbie in Scotland, UK
Lockerbie
Lockerbie (the United Kingdom)
{{Location map|UK Scotland#UK
|relief = 1 |width = 180 |float = right |caption = Lockerbie in Scotland, UK |alt = Lockerbie is in southern Scotland. |label = Lockerbie |mark = Blue_pog.svg |marksize = 9 |lat_deg = 55 |lat_min = 07 |lat_sec = 16 |lat_dir = N |lon_deg = 03 |lon_min = 21 |lon_sec = 19 |lon_dir = W }}
Map that crosses 180° meridian
See also: Category:Location map templates crossing the 180th meridian
Module:Location map/data/Russia Chukotka Autonomous Okrug is an example of a map that crosses the 180th meridian. To the west of 180° in the Eastern Hemisphere is Pevek, at 170°17′E longitude. To the east of 180° in the Western Hemisphere is Uelen, at 169°48′W longitude.
Pevek
Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
{{Location map | Russia Chukotka Autonomous Okrug | float = right | width = 250 | caption = [[Chukotka Autonomous Okrug]] | label = Pevek | position = bottom | background = lightgreen | mark = Locator_Dot.png | marksize = 7 | coordinates = {{coord|69|42|N|170|17|E}} }}
Uelen
Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
{{Location map | Russia Chukotka Autonomous Okrug | float = right | width = 250 | caption = [[Chukotka Autonomous Okrug]] | label = Uelen | position = bottom | background = lightgreen | mark = Locator_Dot.png | marksize = 7 | coordinates = {{coord|66|09|N|169|48|W}} }}
Template data
TemplateData documentation used by VisualEditor and other tools
See the monthly parameter usage report for this template.
TemplateData for Location map
This template places a location mark on a map.
Template parameters
ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Map name(s)1The name of the map to be used; multiple maps can be provided as a list separated by "#".Stringrequired
Map widthwidthDetermines the width of the map in pixels, overriding any default values; do not include "px". For example, use "width=300", not "width=300px".Numberoptional
Default widthdefault_widthDetermines the default width of the map in pixels, intended for use by templates, e.g. place infoboxes; the default value is 240. Do not include "px". This value will be multiplied by the 'defaultscale' parameter specified in individual map templates, if it exists, in order to achieve an appropriate size for vertical maps.Numberoptional
PositionfloatSpecifies the position of the map on the page; valid values are "left", "right", "center" and "none". The default is "right".Stringoptional
Border colorborderSpecifies the colour of the map border; if set to "none", no border will be generated.Stringoptional
Map captioncaptionThe text of a caption to be displayed below the map; if caption is defined but is not assigned a value, the map will not be framed and no caption will be displayed. If caption is not defined, the map will not be framed and a default caption will be generated.Stringoptional
Alt textaltAlt text for map; used by screen readers.Stringoptional
Alternative map from templatereliefAny non-blank value ("1", "yes", etc.) will cause the template to display the map specified in the map definition template as "image1", which is usually a relief map.Stringoptional
Alternative map not from templateAlternativeMapAllows the use of an alternative map; the image must have the same edge coordinates as the location map template.Stringoptional
Overlay imageoverlay_imageAllows an overlay to be superimposed on the map; this parameter is seldom used.Stringoptional
Marker labellabelThe text of the label to display next to the identifying mark; a wikilink can be used.Stringoptional
Label sizelabel_sizeThe font size to use for the label, given as a percentage of the normal font size; do not include "%".Numberoptional
Label widthlabel_widthThe width to use for the label, given as an em size; do not include "em".Numberoptional
Label positionpositionThe position of the label relative to the identifying mark; valid values are "left", "right", "top", "bottom" and "none". This defaults to either "left" or "right", depending on the coordinates of the marker and its position relative to the right border of the map image. When "position=none", any defined label will not be displayed with the mark, but it will be used to create the default caption.Stringoptional
Label backgroundbackgroundThe background colour to use for the label.Stringoptional
Marker imagemarkThe name of an image file to display as the identifying mark.Stringoptional
Marker sizemarksizeThe size of the identifying mark in pixels; do not include "px".Numberoptional
Marker linklinkSpecifies a wikilink which can be followed if the reader clicks on the identifying mark.Stringoptional
Coordinatescoordinates
Coordinates, usually in {{Coord}} format; however, they can also be typed out in decimal degrees (with no spaces between "°" and "N"/"S"/"E"/"W").
Example
{{Coord|48.067|12.863}}
Stringoptional
Latitude degreeslat_degThe degrees of latitude; this value can be specified using decimal degrees, and when this format is used, minutes and seconds should not be specified.Numberrequired
Latitude minuteslat_minThe minutes of latitude.Numberoptional
Latitude secondslat_secThe seconds of latitude.Numberoptional
Latitude directionlat_dir"N" for north or "S" for south of the Equator; not required if using signed decimal degrees.Stringoptional
Longitude degreeslon_degThe degrees of longitude; this value can be specified using decimal degrees, and when this format is used, minutes and seconds should not be specified.Numberrequired
Longitude minuteslon_minThe minutes of longitude.Numberoptional
Longitude secondslon_secThe seconds of longitude.Numberoptional
Longitude directionlon_dir"E" for east or "W" for west of the Prime Meridian; not required if using signed decimal degrees.Stringoptional

See also
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Location markers.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Map pointers.
For similar examples, see the documentation at Template:Location map+, as well as:
Location map templates
Other templates
Infoboxes incorporating Location map – any country or region
List
Infoboxes incorporating Location map – specific countries or regions
List
The above documentation is transcluded from Template:Location map/doc. (edit | history)
Editors can experiment in this template's sandbox (edit | diff) and testcases (edit) pages.
Please add categories to the /doc subpage. Subpages of this template.
Last edited on 16 March 2017, at 00:55
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