Template talk:alternative spelling of

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Another parameter?[edit]

The major complaint (in Wiktionary history) about a heading/template such as this, is that it is slightly too generic. I think there should be another parameter here, indicating what region or dialect the term is used in. Simply following the template with another sentence would leave it formatted correctly, but many people are confused by such a layout. And the information is more than slightly relevant; I'd say required. --Connel MacKenzie 16:49, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Agreed, given that very many of these are Commonwealth/US variants (such as "haemoglobin"/"hemoglobin" and "foetus"/"fetus"). I've requested this in the Beer parlour. — Paul G 09:54, 18 March 2007 (UTC)
Has this been implemented? I think that {{alternative spelling of|[[foo]]|US|lang=en}} should also categorize in category:U.S. alternative spellings or category:U.S. English alternative spellings instead of category:English alternative spellings.—msh210 18:53, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

Yet another parameter[edit]

Shouldn't we indicate the gloss (in most cases) whenever this template is used? Would another (required) parameter help to this end? For example {{alternative spelling of|[[potato]]|gloss=A plant [[tuber]] often eaten as a starchy vegatable.}}. Existing uses of the template without a "gloss" parameter could then be added to a category, or have a visible warning that the gloss is missing. Glossless cleanup category would be better, I think. --Connel MacKenzie 03:37, 31 December 2006 (UTC)

lang= [edit]

This needs the lang= in the same format as {{plural of}}. Would the lang= parameter adding person do the honors please? --Connel MacKenzie 04:58, 7 April 2007 (UTC)

Like this? -- Beobach972 18:19, 7 April 2007 (UTC)
No, that doesn't do the trick. Rather more like this. Unfortunately this change requires administrator privileges. -- Gauss 00:03, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
I'm not sufficiently code literate (or patient) to understand what your tweak examples do, but I was looking for the lang= to direct the wikilinked term to the appropriate language section. __meco 10:00, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

Why do we have to wikilink the required parametre?[edit]

...the first one, the entry pointed to. Why isn't the wikilinking hardcoded in the template code? --Jerome Potts (talk) 18:16, 26 January 2013 (UTC)

It is... the documentation just wasn't updated. I've done that now. —CodeCat 18:18, 26 January 2013 (UTC)

Please add validation[edit]

There should be some red text printed such as "Error: Cannot be an alternative spelling of itself", for examples such as this (which I just fixed).--Greenrd (talk) 06:44, 12 December 2013 (UTC)