Wiktionary talk:Inflection-table templates

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Standardizing inflection tables[edit]

I’d like to standardize the HTML in inflection tables. This could help build them with shared templates or scripts, style them consistently and user-customize their appearance, and help maintain and improve them efficiently.

Step 1 is to do a survey, identify and evaluate the common and diverse characteristics and areas for improvement.

Survey[edit]

The first five tables are put forward as examples on Wiktionary:Inflection-table templates.


{{la-conj-1st}}[edit]

  • Placed under “Conjugation” section heading
  • In collapsed NavFrame
    • Medium-grey background
    • Text aligned left
    • Title copy “First Conjugation
  • Low-intensity colours
  • Coloured heading groups for case, number, and person
    • Blue: indicative
    • Green: subjunctive
    • Orange: imperative
    • Yellow: infinitives and participles
  • Toned data groups
    • Light: default
    • Dark: [?]
  • High contrast in text
  • Intermediate header rows in large table
  • Inconsistent italics in some headings
  • Rules between headings but not data, light toned
  • Adds category to this talk page

{{nl-conj-st}}[edit]

  • Placed under “Conjugation” section heading
  • In collapsed NavFrame
    • Medium purple background
    • Text aligned left
    • Title copy “Conjugation of [term] (strong class 5, prefixed)”
  • Colour monochrome, tinted purple
  • Toned headers, separators, empty cells, and footer
  • Medium contrast in heading text, high contrast in body text
    • Empty divider rows
  • Rules throughout, light toned
  • Doesn’t add category to this talk page

{{es-conj-ar}}[edit]

  • Placed under “Conjugation” section heading
  • Similar to [[{{la-conj-1st}}]], above, except:
    • Title text centred, “Conjugation of [term] (See Appendix:Spanish verbs)”
    • Colour in main left headings only, tone in subheadings and top headings
    • Infinitives and participles last instead of first
    • Heading copy “1st person” instead of “first”
    • Empty divider rows replace repeated number headings
    • Doesn’t add category to this talk page

{{de-decl-noun}}[edit]

  • Placed under “Declension” section heading
  • In collapsed NavFrame
    • Medium grey background
    • Text centred
    • Title copy “declension of [term]”
  • Colour monochrome
  • Coloured headers, tinted low-intensity teal
  • Toned body, dark indicating articles
  • Medium contrast in heading text, high contrast in body text
  • Doesn’t add category to this talk page
  • Rules throughout, dark toned

{{de-decl-noun-n|es|pl=Häuser}}


{{la-decl-3rd}}[edit]

  • Placed under “Declension” section heading
  • No NavFrame
  • No Title
  • Coloured headers, tinted high-intensity teal
  • Headers for cases with links, italicized
  • Low contrast in heading text, high contrast in body text
  • Rules throughout, medium toned

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative abactor abactōrēs
genitive abactōris abactōrum
dative abactōrī abactōribus
accusative abactōrem abactōrēs
ablative abactōre abactōribus
vocative abactor abactōrēs

Sample table from ковбаса[edit]

  • Placed under “Declension” section heading
  • No NavFrame
  • No title, explanatory text in a paragraph
  • No colour or tone
  • Headers bold
  • High and medium contrast in header text
  • High contrast in body text
  • Rules at top and bottom only, medium toned

A hard-type feminine noun of the first declension.

case singular plural
nominative ковбаса (kovbasá) ковбаси (kovbásy)
genitive ковбаси (kovbasý) ковбас (kovbás)
dative ковбасі (kovbasí) ковбасам (kovbásam)
accusative ковбасу (kovbasú) ковбаси (kovbásy)
vocative ковбасо (kovbáso) ковбаси (kovbásy)
instrumental ковбасою (kovbasóju) ковбасами (kovbásamy)
locative ковбасі (kovbasí) ковбасах (kovbásax)

RFD discussion[edit]

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This was page was emptied out per this BP dicussion (pages that try to list a lot of info for every language are unmaintainable). --Bequw τ 19:11, 29 June 2011 (UTC)

It's a bit of a weird concept. First of all, you're only gonna use an inflection-table for a language you know well. Secondly, to find such a template, I'd either guess at a name, such as typing Template:pt-decl into the search bar (pt being Portuguese) or type in Category:Portuguese templates. Trying to remember the name of this page would come a distant third; like Bequw says, it would be very difficult to maintain and it's quite empty now. Delete. Mglovesfun (talk) 19:46, 29 June 2011 (UTC)

Kept for lack of consensus and discussion. --Chicken is fun (talk) 15:57, 1 October 2013 (UTC)


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I'm RFDing these but I think at least part of those pages could be merged into a single page, perhaps Wiktionary:Language-specific templates or even into Wiktionary:Templates which is mostly empty right now. In any case, the headword-line page seems redundant to Category:Headword-line templates by language. —CodeCat 18:47, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

Merge. I will delete the unmaintainable list and link to the category. Michael Z. 2013-02-11 00:09 z
I see – each category listing needs a link to the relevant guideline before the list should be deleted. Michael Z. 2013-02-11 00:13 z
  • They've both been redirected to Wiktionary:Templates, as there's absolutely no useful information on either that isn't already on that page. --ElisaVan (talk) 11:54, 21 October 2013 (UTC)