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Wiktionary's readers benefit greatly from relevant links; however, some care must be taken in order to ensure maximum readability and usability. The links in Wiktionary entries mostly fall into four groups:

  • links within the project (to entries, appendices, category pages, and so on).
  • links to pages in sister projects (Wikipedia articles, entries in foreign-language Wiktionaries, and so on).
  • links to primary sources — sources that use a headword.
  • links to references (secondary sources) — works that explicitly support our claims about a headword, such as other dictionaries.

Different considerations apply to each of these, and they are addressed separately here.

Links within the project[edit]

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Topics that should perhaps be mentioned here:

  • De-coloring links in inflection tables.
  • Pipe-linking to lemmata and to uncapitalized forms.
  • Links within headwords in inflection lines.
  • Pipe-linking directly to language sections.
  • Explicit wikilinks in form-of templates.
  • See-also links.
  • Link templates — {{m}} {{l}}, etc.

(Note that some of these topics might be better covered at Wiktionary:Entry layout explained. Or, maybe Wiktionary:Entry layout explained should link here.)

Links to pages in sister projects[edit]

Link to sister projects are encouraged, and come in three basic types: (1) in-line links in text, (2) further information links, and (3) interwiki links.

In-line links[edit]

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In-line text links are included within text to relevant information on our sister projects, especially Wikipedia. There are a number of shortcuts for linking to specific projects. If Wiktionary does not have an entry for a term, especially if the term is unlikely to meet our criteria for inclusion, consider inserting a link to an appropriate Wikipedia article (or section thereof).

Some common uses of inline links include:

  • Expansions of acronyms and initialisms. Often the definition of the expanded form is either self-explanatory or outside the scope of a dictionary, but a user might want more information about the topic.
  • Language-names in etymologies. We do have entries for language names, but the Wikipedia article about the language is typically much more relevant. The {{etyl}} template can be used to provide a link to this article, and to add the appropriate categories at the same time.
  • Translation tables. Ordinarily we link to both our own entry on the foreign-language word, and the foreign-language Wiktionary's entry on that word (or the page where that entry will go, once it is created). We do this using the {{t}} template (as well as its specialized counterparts {{t+}} and {{t-}}, which human editors don't need to worry about: they're managed by a bot). Use of these templates is explained in detail at Wiktionary:Translations.
  • Quotations. Names of authors should be links to the relevant Wikipedia articles, if they exist (using the format [[w:name of Wikipedia article|name of author]]); titles of works should generally be links either to the relevant Wikisource pages (using the format [[s:name of Wikisource page for work|title of work]]) or to the relevant Wikipedia articles (using an analogous format), if they exist; and chapter/section numbers should be links to the relevant page on Wikisource (ditto), if it exists. (See Wiktionary:Quotations for details on quotation formatting.)

Further information links[edit]

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Further information links include a number of templates for sister project linking. Some are boxy templates that float at the right of the page. Others are for use in bulleted lists of "external" links.

Headword links[edit]

For English words, links to the English Wikipedia are valuable for fuller explanations. Headword links are the simplest. One popular approach is to include {{wikipedia}} at the beginning of the English language section, which produces a box like the one at right, and also adds a link to the sidebar at left. Alternatively, it may be useful to have such a link in either "See also" or "External links" (as yet, there's no consensus which); the {{pedialite}} template, which is a shorthand for {{projectlink|pedia}}, is useful for this. It produces a link like this:

and also adds a link to the sidebar. (Note that for it to appear properly as a list item, it must be preceded with an asterisk * in the wiki-code.) In all cases, links to Wikipedia should be to good articles, or to disambiguation pages that link to multiple good articles: as with all links, they should only be included if it is worthwhile for a user to follow them.

For words in other languages with Wikipedias, a similar approach may be taken; each of the above-mentioned templates takes a lang= parameter whose value may be set to a language code controlling which Wikipedia is linked to. For example, {{pedialite|lang=fi}} would link to the Finnish Wikipedia:

Interwiki links[edit]

Interwiki links connect an entry on Wiktionary to identically-named entries in other Wiktionary projects (such as the French Wiktionary). For most users, these links display to the left of the page content in a section entitled "in other languages". The links appear as the native name of the language in which the target page is written. These links are added and maintained by bots, so users usually should not need to bother with them.

A typical interwiki link will look like this: [[es:tener]]. The prefix of the link is the two or three letter ISO code for the language identified, in this case es stands for Spanish and indicates that the link will go to the Spanish language Wiktionary. The code is followed by a colon ( : ), then the name of the page to be linked.

The name of the link and the name of the page on which the link appears should always be identical. Unlike Wikipedias, which link the same article with different names, Wiktionaries link entries with the same name. So, the English Wiktionary page on tener will link only to pages about the word tener on other Wiktionaries, and not to pages about other words with the same meaning.

All interwiki links should appear at the very end of a page's wiki-code, after the very last language section. These are listed in the order given at m:MediaWiki:Interwiki config-sorting order-native-languagename, which is approximately alphabetical order by native language name; for example, the Finnish name for Finnish is suomi, so links to the Finnish Wiktionary (fi.wikt) appear between those for Sundanese and Swedish. Interwiki links should be included for every other Wiktionary with an entry for the same word (or a redirect from the same title), but should never be added for pages that do not yet exist at the target location. Again, since interwiki links are maintained by bots, users seldom need to worry about them.

Links to primary sources[edit]

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See Wiktionary:Quotations.

Links to references[edit]

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