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This meta-template can be used to create inline cleanup messages which can be used to tag article issues on a line-by-line basis. Many templates are based upon it, like {{Fact}} e.g..

It should not be used directly on articles by itself - instead, use one of the pre-existing derivatives if at all possible. Should there be no suitable derivative already, new ones can be created using the syntax below, but please do not use this template to create a new sub-template without discussing and justifying the need for it at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Inline Templates, or the sub-template in question is likely to end up at Wikipedia:Templates for discussion (as it is better for Wikipedia to have a finite and well-tested set of inline tags than to allow for endless variation).


{{ Fix
| link      = <Page which text should link to, without brackets> (default = Wikipedia:Cleanup)
| text      = <Text to be displayed for the link>
| pre-text  = <Optional text to print before the linked text>
| post-text = <Optional text to print after the linked text>
| class     = <Class to set text to> (default = "noprint Inline-Template"; neither should be removed, but additional classes can be added, e.g. "noprint Inline-Template FooBarBazQuux")
| title     = <Tooltip text to display when mouse is hovered over link>
| special   = <Optional replacement for text, link, title, pre-text, and post-text - allowing user to define a non-standard format>
| date      = <Optional date parameter to be displayed at end of 'title' and/or in cat-date>
| cat       = <Category to include page in>
| cat-date  = <Category to include page in - with optional date parameter in the category name>

Categories are ignored if the template is used on a talk page or on any other non-article page.

The value specified via |cat= must be in wikicode, including square brackets. It defaults to |cat=[[Category:All pages needing cleanup]].

The value specified via |cat-date= is used as part of a category name. It must be specified without square brackets, but with a "Category:" prefix. The full category name is obtained from the cat-date value, the word "from", and the date value. For example, given
|cat-date=Category:Articles with dead external links
|date=August 2017

, the article will be placed in Category:Articles with dead external links from August 2017.


Most inline notices use virtually identical formats. This template is designed to provide a single standardized format which can accommodate the different text, links, and categories of individual templates.

For example, [not specific enough to verify], can be produced with:

|pre-text=not specific enough to
|title=The material in the vicinity of this tag may lack enough specific information to be verifiable
|cat=[[Category:Wikipedia articles needing factual verification]]}}

This methodology allows new inline templates to be created by just filling in the parameters above. This also allows consistent formatting, features, and syntax across the range of templates.

See also