|This template may have no transclusions, because it is substituted by a tool or script, it is used as part of a short-term or less active Wikipedia process, or for some other reason.|
This template may be used to mark articles that have counterparts in German Wikipedia that are better than in English Wikipedia. These articles may be improved by translating content from the original German.
To mark an article, tag it with
((Expand German|German article title|date=May 2022))
This template adds articles to the category Category:Articles needing translation from German Wikipedia. See #Categorization below.
The template should be placed atop the article page along with other maintenance templates.
The article title is required; all named parameters are optional:
|1=ARTICLE– title of the article on German Wikipedia. This is required.
|section=yes– changes notice to "This section may be expanded..." (default: 'article')
|fa=yes– used to tag articles that are featured articles in German; used in category name generation.
|topic=TOPIC– a topic code used in category name generation.
|date=May 2022– set by bot if omitted.
This template categorizes articles into categories. Basic categorization is into: ⟶ Category:Articles needing translation from German Wikipedia. Usage of parameters
topic define subcategories, as follows:
Topic codes are expanded into fuller descriptors in the category name; for example: code geo becomes Geography, and code gov becomes Government and politics.
Topics recognized by Expand German and the categories they are associated with include:
|topic code||topic name |
|gov||Government and politics||213|
|struct||Building and structure||489|
|Main category||(13 C) 8,598|
click show to view details on adding new topics and subcategories
This section provides information about categorization in the ((Expand language)) suite of templates, and explains how to make a new subcategory available for use in a particular language template by use of a topic code. Editors may then employ the topic code in the ((Expand German)) template as shorthand for categorizing the article in which it appears into a subcategory associated with that topic code. If you've done this before, and just need a refresher, see Quickstart. Otherwise, skip to the gory details below.
A topic code is just an abbreviation or word, like bio for "Biography", or sport for "Sports". Associating a topic code with a subcategory name, and enabling its use to categorize articles on which the
The ((Expand language)) suite of templates automatically categorizes pages on which it appears into
Adding a new topic goes hand in hand with creating a new subcategory in which to categorize articles needing expansion. The top level (and sometimes only) category for articles needing expansion for a given language follows this pattern:
But the top level category can often grow to many hundreds or thousands of articles and that's too much for one category. In order to facilitate a better and more useful categorization, the ((Expand language)) suite of templates supports subcategorization into a number of subcategories using the
would categorize the article in which it appears into subcategory ⟶ Category:Biography articles needing translation from German Wikipedia .
The rows in the topic code table show what subcategories already exist under the top level category for a given language; for example, for German, the topic code table is here. The existing subcategories can be found by clicking (or mousing over) the topic names in column two of the table.
There are ten predefined topic codes that are conventionally available for addition to, and use by, any of the Expand LanguageName templates. They are: bio, cult, geo, gov, hist, mil, sci, sport, struct, and transp. Each code is recognized by param
Creating a new subcategory is independent of the Expand language template, and one could always categorize an article into the subcategory the way any article is categorized, simply by adding the category between brackets to the end of the article. But to make subcategorization easier, the specific Expand language template for a given language will categorize the article into a subcategory automatically, if the correct association between topic code and topic name appears in the wikicode of the template.
Edit the specific Expand language template for the given language; for example, for German: edit Template:Expand German
The association between topic code and topic name for a given language, and by extension between the topic code and the subcategory name, occurs in the wikicode of the specific language name templates, in particular, in the assignment of
To classify articles into the new subcategory, use a specific Expand language template with the
Topic codes that are not among the standard ten may be created for specific languages and associated with new subcategories as needed. Define a topic code, a topic name corresponding to the variable part of the subcategory name, and add it to the template #switch statement.
To add the new code to the topic table in the doc page, create a /topics subpage, e.g., Template:Expand German/topics in which the row for the topics table is defined. If the file exists, it is transcluded at the end of the table. For an example, see
This is a more advanced type of operation which requires some basic knowledge of template writing, so it may be easier to do this by adding an Edit request on the Talk page of the template concerned. In the Edit request, specify the topic code and subcategory name you wish to add. For example, you could say, "Please add new topic code mtn to ((Expand Nepali)) which should categorize articles containing