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The following documentation is transcluded from Template:Cat main/doc.


This template is for use on Category pages, to refer to the primary article associated with this category, which most of the time, describes the entire set containing the category.

Normal usage (uses category name for wiki link):

  • {{cat main}}

If the name of the main article is different than the name of the category — for example: if the main article for Category:Dead or Alive is Dead or Alive (series) — then you will need to use one parameter to specify the article:

  • {{cat main|Dead or Alive (series)}}

Multiple articles

Simply append more articles as additional arguments (up to five):

  • {{cat main|1}} results in
  • {{cat main|1|2}} results in
  • {{cat main|1|2|3|4|...}} results in

Pages which aren't articles

  • {{cat main|WP:WikiProject|article=no}}

See also

The following documentation is transcluded from Template:Cat main/doc.

Hatnote templates

For a summary page on how to use these templates, see the example page here. For the full editing guideline on hatnotes, see Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Hatnote.


  • {{hatnote|CUSTOM TEXT}}
{{hatnote|For other senses of this term, see [[etc…]]}}
  • {{rellink|CUSTOM TEXT}}

Other uses (of the title)

"This page is about … For other uses …"

{{About}} is the main template for noting other uses.

Note. When used in main namespace, the word "page" in the following hatnotes is replaced by "article".

  • {{about|USE1}}
  • {{about|USE1||PAGE2}} (When the disambiguation page has a different name – Note the empty second parameter) →
  • {{about|USE1|USE2|PAGE2}} (When there is only one other use) →
  • {{about|USE1|USE2|PAGE2|and|...}} (Two pages for USE2) →
  • {{about|USE1|USE2|PAGE2#SUBSECTION{{!}}PAGE2TITLE}} (Using the {{!}} template to give the link a different title) →
  • {{about|USE1|USE2|PAGE2|USE3|...}} (When there are up to four other uses – You should generally create a disambiguation page at this point) →
  • {{about|USE1|USE2|PAGE2|USE3|...}} (When there are several standard other uses and also a disambiguation page with default name – Note that the last page name is not specified) →
  • {{about|USE1|USE2|PAGE2|USE3|...}} (When there are several standard other uses and also a disambiguation page with non-default name) →
  • {{about|USE1|USE2|PAGE2|USE3|...}}
  • {{about||USE2|PAGE2|USE3|PAGE3|...}} (When you don't need to state the focus of this article/page – Note the empty first parameter) →
  • {{about|||PAGE1|and|PAGE2}}
Note: {{for||PAGE1|PAGE2}} produces the same result.
  • {{other uses-section|USE}} (disambiguous) →
Note: this hatnote says "section", instead of "article" or "page".

"See also …"

  • {{see also|OTHER TOPIC|OTHER TOPIC2}}
Note: use when OTHER TOPIC is related to that of the current article and already contains a self-explanatory parenthetical.
  • {{see also2|[[OTHER TOPIC]]|[[OTHER TOPIC2]]|[[OTHER TOPIC3]] and other text}}

"For …, see …"

{{For}} can be used instead of {{About}} so as not to display: This page is about USE1. but still specify a specific other use. This effect can also be achieved by using an empty first parameter in {{About}} as in:

For example: {{for|OTHER TOPIC|PAGE1}} is the same as {{about||OTHER TOPIC|PAGE1}} (note the empty first parameter).

However, it is somewhat clearer when using the {{For}} template, since the word "about" does not appear in the statement.

  • {{for|OTHER TOPIC}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{for|OTHER TOPIC|PAGE1}}
  • {{for||PAGE1|PAGE2}}

As with {{Other uses}}, there are a whole family of "for" templates.


"For other uses, see …"

When such a wordy hatnote as {{About}} is not needed, {{Other uses}} is often useful.

  • {{other uses}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{other uses|PAGE1}}
  • {{other uses|PAGE1|PAGE2}}

There are, historically, a whole family of "other uses" templates for specific cases. {{About}} is the standard hatnote for "other uses" and many of them can be specified using the {{About}} template. However, the individual templates may be easier to use in certain contexts.

Here are the variations and (when appropriate) the equivalents using the {{About}}, {{Other uses}} or {{For}} templates.

  • {{other uses2|PAGE1}} (disambiguous) →
Note: adds "(disambiguation)" to whatever is input as the PAGE1.
Note: {{other uses|PAGE1 (disambiguation)}} produces the same result.
  • {{two other uses|USE1|USE2|PAGE2}}
Note: same as {{about}}, except it forces a second use to be noted if unspecified by parameters.
  • {{two other uses|USE1|USE2|PAGE2|USE3|...}}
  • {{three other uses|USE1|USE2|PAGE2|USE3|...}}
  • {{three other uses||USE2|PAGE2|USE3|PAGE3}}
  • {{three other uses|USE1|USE2|PAGE2|USE3|...}}

"For other uses of …, see …"

  • {{other uses of}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{other uses of|TOPIC}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{other uses of|TOPIC|PAGE1}}

"For more details on …, see …"

{{details}} is used to make summary style explicit. To be used in a section for which there is also a separate article on the subject.

For more details on TOPIC, see Article.

{{Details3}} allows any text to links:

  • {{details3|[[article 1]], [[article 2]], and [[article 3]]|TOPIC}}

"… redirects here. For other uses, see …"

  • {{redirect|REDIRECT}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{redirect|REDIRECT||PAGE1}}
  • {{redirect|REDIRECT|USE1|PAGE1}}
  • {{redirect|REDIRECT|USE1|PAGE1|USE2|...}}
  • {{redirect|REDIRECT|USE1|PAGE1|USE2|...}}
  • {{redirect|REDIRECT|USE1|PAGE1|and|...}}
  • {{redirect|REDIRECT|USE1|PAGE1|USE2|...}}
  • {{redirect-synonym|TERM|PAGE}} or {{redirect-acronym|TERM|PAGE}}
  • {{redirect2|REDIRECT1|REDIRECT2}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{redirect2|REDIRECT1|REDIRECT2|USE|PAGE1}}
  • {{redirect2|REDIRECT1|REDIRECT2|USE1|PAGE1|...}}
  • {{redirect2|REDIRECT1|REDIRECT2|USE1|PAGE1|...}}
  • {{redirect3|REDIRECT|TEXT}}
  • {{redirect4|REDIRECT1|REDIRECT2}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{redirect6|REDIRECT|USE1|PAGE1}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{redirect6|REDIRECT|USE1|PAGE1|‌|...}}
  • {{redirect7|"REDIRECT1", "REDIRECT2", and "REDIRECT3"|USE1|PAGE1|USE2|...}}
Note: If the number of pages redirecting to the target page is two, {{redirect2}} can be used instead. If the number is three and there are three corresponding disambiguation pages, {{redirect10}} can be used.
  • {{redirect10|REDIRECT1|REDIRECT2|REDIRECT3}} (disambiguous) →
... Not to be confused with ...
  • {{redirect-distinguish|REDIRECT|PAGE1}}
  • {{redirect-distinguish|REDIRECT|PAGE1|PAGE2|PAGE3|...}}
  • {{redirect-distinguish2|REDIRECT|TEXT}}

"Further information: …"

  • {{see|OTHER TOPIC}}
  • {{see|Iraq and weapons of mass destruction|Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda|Downing Street memo|Bush-Blair memo}}
  • {{further|[[Article 1]], [[Article 2]], and [[Article Something#3|Article 3]]}}

Other people, places, etcetera

Other people

  • {{other people}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{other people|NAME}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{other people|NAME|PAGE}}
  • {{other people|NAME|PAGE|named=titled}}
  • {{other people2|PAGE}}
  • {{other people3}} (disambiguous) →
Note: same as {{About}} except uses "other people" instead of "other uses" if only 1 parameter is used
  • {{other people3|PERSON1}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{other people3|PERSON1|PERSON2}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{other people3|PERSON1|PERSON2|PAGE2}}
  • {{other people3|PERSON1||PAGE2}}
  • {{other people5|NAME1|NAME2|NAME3|NAME4}}
Note: defaults to "named" as in {{Other people}}, exists for options like "nicknamed", "known as", etc.

Other places

  • {{other places}}, analogous to {{Other uses}} (disambiguous) →
  • {{other places|PAGE}}, analogous to {{Other uses2}}(disambiguous) →
  • {{other places3|PAGE}}, analogous to {{Other uses}} →

Other hurricanes

For articles on storms:

  • {{other hurricanes}} (disambiguous) → Template:Other hurricanes
  • {{other hurricanes|PAGE1}}Template:Other hurricanes
  • {{other hurricanes|PAGE1|THIS}}Template:Other hurricanes
  • {{other hurricanes||THIS}}Template:Other hurricanes

Other ships

For articles on ships:

  • {{other ships|SHIP1}}


"Not to be confused with …"

  • {{distinguish|PAGE1}}
  • {{distinguish|PAGE1|PAGE2|PAGE3|PAGE4}}
  • {{distinguish2|TEXT}}

"… redirects here. It is not to be confused with …"

  • {{redirect-distinguish|REDIRECT|PAGE1}}
  • {{redirect-distinguish|REDIRECT|PAGE1|PAGE2|PAGE3|...}}
  • {{redirect-distinguish2|REDIRECT|TEXT}}

"Main article: …" etc.

Wikipedia self-reference

See: Manual of Style (self-references to avoid) for more details.


Category-specific templates produce bold category names.

  • {{category see also|THIS|THAT|THE OTHER}}
    See also: the categories THIS, THAT and THE OTHER.

This is a template for linking categories horizontally. Horizontal linkage is often the right solution when vertical linkage (i.e. as sub-category and parent category) is not appropriate. In most cases, this template should be used on both categories to create reciprocal linkage between the two categories.

See also the preceding Category:OTHER TOPIC.
See also the succeeding Category:OTHER TOPIC.
Cat main is often contrasted with OTHERCAT or OTHERCAT2.
  • {{contrast|OTHERCAT|OTHERCAT2|plural=yes}}
Cat main is often contrasted with OTHERCAT or OTHERCAT2.

Family names


User pages


Do not use subst: with these templates, as that will prevent:

  1. propagating changes as the template is modified; and the
  2. What links here (WLH) listing.

These templates are used in thousands of articles; therefore, changing the syntax could break thousands of articles. If you wish to create or edit a disambiguation or redirection template, first ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is there already a template that will do this job? Since many disambiguation and redirection templates have already been created, first check: Category:Disambiguation and redirection templates.
  2. Do I really need a new template for this? Will it likely be used on any other articles or should I just use {{Hatnote}} instead? Before creating a new template, see the template namespace guideline.
  3. If I change the parameters around on an existing template, do I know what the result will be? Will it break existing uses of the template and if so, can I fix all of the errors? Before making any changes, see Template sandbox and test cases.

See also

This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Template:Cat main. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.