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As of creation of 'Tlx/doc', two interwiki defauted versions also share this usage page
  1. {{Tlxm}} -- which links to templates on Meta
  2. {{Tlxw}} -- which links to templates on Wikipedia

Since these are the two repositories of templates for exports to sister projects.
// FrankB 16:23, 12 February 2007 (UTC)

Similar templates at English sister projects [edit]
25x25px mta Meta-wiki B:Template: Tlx/doc
Wikipedia-logo wpd Wikipedia B:Template: Tlx/doc
25x25px cms Commons B:Template: Tlx/doc
25x25px wbk Wikibooks B:Template: Tlx/doc
25x25px wsp Wikispecies B:Template: Tlx/doc
25x25px wvy Wikiversity B:Template: Tlx/doc
This usage also applies to interwiki capable template variations
'Tlxm' and 'Tlxw'

{{tlx|template|first parameter|second|third|...}}
→ (becomes) →
{{template|first parameter|second|third|fourth|...}}

Purpose and naming: Mnemonically 'Template list expanded'... after {{tl}} 'Template list'

  • This template takes another template-name and some associated pipe-tricked (numbered) parameters (or 'pass parameters'), and aggregates them into an 'example demonstration' of how the template-name template might be used. It's primary use is in instruction and documentation such as this passage.
  • Up to five pass parameters (numbered) for the specified template are displayed as 'placeholders', and more parameters are shown as "|...", for details see the this talk page.
  • If given no additional parameters except  'template name' ({{{1}}}),  it presents the same as the similar {{Tl}} macro template—a blue link nested in curly-braces-- the same as a user would apply the template without parameters, but with a noticeably clearer font and spacing on most modern browsers.
  • {{tl|Tl}} display compared to {{tlx|Tl}}: (Tl: {{Tlx}} versus Tlx: {{tl}})
  • Comparatively, {{tl}} will not take or display additional parameters, and for minor technical reasons, may preferred for mere listing and referencing in long pages involving a lot of template expansions1.
  • Additionally, Tlx will take a 'named' parameter 'SISTER' to link interwiki to other sister projects such as one of these examples: '|SISTER=W:', 'Tlx|SISTER=M:', 'Tlx|SISTER=Q:', 'Tlx|SISTER=S:', allowing documentation or discourse about a template across interwiki boundaries. Small 'front end' Shell or convience templates {{tlxw}} and {{tlxm}} are typing-aid templates available at Meta for automatic substitution in discussions about templates on Wikipedia or Meta.


{{B:Template: Tlx/doc}} is a generalization of {{tl|x}}, {{tlp|x|y}}, etcetera with arguably better readable output. This depends on the browser, but too narrow uses of "{", "|", "}" in conjunction with links can be hard to read.


{{B:Template: Tlx/doc

Examples Edit

On the source sister projects, en.wikipedia and Meta, X0, X1, X2,..., X9 are sandbox templates for experimentation on involved templates that need be in template space. An auto-cleansing software facility exists that might be used to duplicate the facility on other Sister projects.
Code Result Remark
{{tlx|x0}} {{x0}}  
{{tlx|x1|one}} {{x1|one}}  
{{tlx|x2|one|two}} {{x2|one|two}}  
{{tlx|x3|1<tt>|</tt>2<tt>|</tt>3}} {{x3|1|2|3}}  
{{tlx|x4|1<tt>|</tt>2<tt>|</tt>3|4}} {{x4|1|2|3|4}} up to 5 parameters, then ...
{{tlx|x4|1<tt>|</tt>2<tt>|</tt>3&#124;4}} {{x4|1|2|3|4}} <tt>&#124; for more
{{tlx|x1|x=u}} {{x1}} = won't work
{{tlx|x1|x&#61;u}} {{x1|x=u}} &#61; is okay
{{tlx|x1|<nowiki>x=u</nowiki>}} {{x1|x=u}} sticky nowiki is okay
{{tlx|x2| |two}} {{x2|two}} empty won't work
{{tlx|x2|&#32;|two}} {{x2| |two}} &#32; is okay
{{tlx|x2|&nbsp;|two}} {{x2| |two}} &nbsp; is okay
{{tlx|x2| &#124; two}} {{x2| | two}} &#124; is okay
{{tlx|x2| {{!}} two}} {{x2| | two}} {{!}} is dubious
{{tlx|x2|2=|3=two}} {{x2|two}} empty really doesn't work
{{tlx|x2|2=one|two}} {{x2|two}} two clobbers 2=one
{{tlx|x2|3=two|2=one}} {{x2|one|two}} right to left okay