How-to add foreign language pages

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Syntax

{{Languages|PageName}}


  • PageName (optional) - the name of the page to display language links for. If omitted then the English version of the current page is used. This parameter can normally be omitted, as it is only required if you want to link to a page other than the one you place the template on, which is very uncommon. If this parameter is used on a sub-page make sure you supply the root name, not the full page name (e.g. on MediaWiki/fr you would need to use {{Languages|MediaWiki}} and not {{Languages|MediaWiki/fr}}).

Usage

The template should only be placed on pages that exist in more than one language, and it should be placed in the same location on each translation of the page.

The English version of a page is always the main version, with all other languages as sub-pages, named using the appropriate language code (see below).

For example, on the Main Page you would include the text {{Languages}}, both on Main Page itself, and on each of its language sub-pages. The template automatically creates links to any language sub-pages that exist, e.g. Main Page/ja, Main Page/fr, and ignores non-existant languages.

Supported languages

This shows you the name of each language's sub-page (using Main Page as an example). Other languages may be added easily as necessary. Please do not add languages for which no pages exist yet, as this will increase the time needed to include the template without adding any benefit (languages are only displayed to the user when the relevant page exists).

Page Name Language
Main Page English
Main Page/af Afrikaans
Main Page/ar Arabic
Main Page/az Azerbaijani
Main Page/bcc Southern Balochi
Main Page/bg Bulgarian
Main Page/br Breton
Main Page/ca Catalan
Main Page/ce Chechen
Main Page/cs Czech
Main Page/da Danish
Main Page/de German
Main Page/el Greek
Main Page/eo Esperanto
Main Page/es Spanish
Main Page/fa Persian
Main Page/fi Finnish
Main Page/fr French
Main Page/gl Galician
Main Page/gu Gujarati
Main Page/he Hebrew
Main Page/hu Hungarian
Main Page/id Indonesian
Main Page/it Italian
Main Page/ja Japanese
Main Page/ka Georgian
Main Page/ko Korean
Main Page/ksh Kölsch
Main Page/ku Kurdish
Main Page/mk Macedonian
Main Page/ml Malayalam
Main Page/mr Marathi
Main Page/ms Malay
Main Page/nl Dutch
Main Page/no Norwegian
Main Page/oc Occitan
Main Page/af Pashto
Main Page/pl Polish
Main Page/pt Portuguese
Main Page/pt-br Português brasileiro, Brazilian Portuguese
Main Page/ro Romanian
Main Page/ru Russian
Main Page/si Sinhalese
Main Page/sl Slovene
Main Page/sk Slovak
Main Page/sq Albanian
Main Page/sr Serbian
Main Page/sv Swedish
Main Page/ta Tamil
Main Page/th Thai
Main Page/tr Turkish
Main Page/uk Ukrainian
Main Page/vi Vietnamese
Main Page/yue Cantonese
Main Page/zh Chinese
Main Page/zh-hans Chinese (Simplified)
Main Page/zh-hant Chinese (Traditional)
Main Page/zh-tw Chinese (Taiwan)

Example

This is how the language menu looks on the Bus Pirate self-test guide page:

Language: English  • Español • Français • Русский


The English version of the page has:

{{Languages}}

inserted at the top of the page and the Russian version of the page is named

Bus_Pirate_self-test_guide/ru

(see the table of supported languages above to determine how to name your foreign language page with the correct /[code] suffix after the English page name) and has:

{{Languages|Bus_Pirate_self-test_guide}}

inserted at the top of the page. Notice you need to include the full English name of the page in the foreign language page. If you do not do this, the only language listed will be English.