Template talk:RecordSearchArticle

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Parameter for collection not yet available

Please consider adding a parameter to the template that will return an alternative form of words for articles about collections that are not yet available in Record Search. See for example Argentina Vital Records Index and California Vital Records Index. --Steve 22:14, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

Great, thank you. I was not aware of that situation. I figure that if other situations exist, Dorothy Horan or others on the Record Search team would make me aware of it. I will wait until I hear about more, if they exist. Thank you again. Thomas Lerman 22:30, 13 October 2009 (UTC)
If no other situation exists, I am curious about what the Record Search team may say about this line of thought. When the collection is not yet available, does it have a collection ID? If not (or it makes sense for them), no collection ID could indicate that the collection is not yet available. Comments? Thomas Lerman 14:35, 14 October 2009 (UTC)
Example of no parameter:
This wiki article describes a collection that is scheduled to become available for free online at FamilySearch Record Search.
If you review article like Argentina Vital Records Index and California Vital Records Index you will see that they have collection IDs. I think you need to keep the first parameter as the ID, the second as the title and add a third named parameter, e.g. available and then test for available=no and if that is true to display the alternative text and no link. --Steve 14:55, 14 October 2009 (UTC)
Okay, that is good to know. I did not take a close look at it. Before making this change especially a TRUE/FALSE situation, I would like the Record Search team to comment on all this to see if other situations may exist. Thank you. Thomas Lerman 15:23, 14 October 2009 (UTC)
I have thought of another situation where the template, as is, will not work as desired. The template will work for single collection articles, but many articles, particulary those about vital records, refer to more than one collection ID. --Steve 16:10, 14 October 2009 (UTC)
Hmmm, I think I would like an example. I would really like to hear what the Record Search people say about all of this. It COULD be a moot point depending on what they say (and hopefully the speak from authority on the knowledge of what is indexed, etc.). Thomas Lerman 16:31, 14 October 2009 (UTC)