Template:Plain link

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[{{{url}}} ]

Purpose of Template:Plain link (edit talk links history)
  • Create a 'Pretty-Print' external url link inside text.


You can use [MW magicword] to generate URLs to Wikipedia pages.

Pass parameters

Arguments or 'positional/default pass parameters' are separated by the pipe character in Wiki markup language, so the first default parameter (placeholder is {{{1}}}) is assigned the link url address. The second ( {{{2}}}) is the 'pretty text' for how you want to have it appear.

  1. '|1=' is the same as '| url = ' (or in wiki template code: {{{1}}} = {{{url}}})
  2. '|2=' is the same as '|name=' (or in wiki template code: {{{2}}} = {{name}}})


  • {{Plain link|http://www.google.co.uk|Google}} gives Google
compare normal external wiki-link:
  • [http://www.google.co.uk Google] gives Google

Caution on url insides

Note that if your url or link title contains an equals sign = you must use named parameters:

  • {{ Plainlink | url=http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Equals_sign&oldid=282228764 | name="this edit" }} gives "this edit"


  • {{Plain link|http://forums.auran.com/trainz/showthread.php?14511-Having-Problems-with-Multiple-industry-New-Setup&highlight=%26lt%3Bkuid%3A107727%3A100012%26gt%3B |Having Problems}} gives
    [Having Problems ] 'which link-to-be'... is clearly broken with a mal-formed url due to the internal equals sign, whilst:
  • {{Plain link|url=http://forums.auran.com/trainz/showthread.php?14511-Having-Problems-with-Multiple-industry-New-Setup&highlight=%26lt%3Bkuid%3A107727%3A100012%26gt%3B |2=Having Problems}} gives Having Problems works the same as if default parameter '|1=' and '|name=' are defined, since url is just an alternative that is a bit more explicit to {{{1}}}, and the default parameter {{{2}}} is used (mapped) the same as the '|name=' parameter.



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