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Quick guide


Purpose

{{Coord}} provides a standard notation for encoding locations by their latitude and longitude coordinates. It is primarily for specifying the WGS84 geographic coordinates of locations on Earth, at the same time emitting a machine-readable Geo microformat. However, it can also encode locations on natural satellites, dwarf planets, and planets other than Earth.

  • To specify celestial coordinates, use {{Sky}} instead.
  • Tag articles which lack coordinates (but need them) with {{Coord missing}}.
  • If the subject's location is truly unknown or disputed, note this with {{coord unknown}}.

See also Wikipedia:WikiProject Geographical coordinates.

Features

Latitude and longitude may be specified (with appropriate precision) either in decimal notation or as degrees/minutes/seconds. By default, coordinates appear in the format used to specify them. However, the format= parameter can be used to force display in a particular format.

The template displays the formatted coordinates with a hyperlink to GeoHack. GeoHack displays information customized to the location, including links to external mapping services.

For terrestrial locations, a blue globe () appears to the left of the hyperlink. Clicking on the globe activates the WikiMiniAtlas (requires JavaScript).

By default, coordinates appear "in line" with the adjacent text. However, the display= parameter can be used to move the coordinates up near the page title—or display them in both places at once.

The template outputs coordinates in three formats:

  • Degree/minutes/seconds ("DMS", precision is degrees, or degrees/minutes, or degrees/minutes/seconds, based on input precision).
  • Decimal degrees (varying the number of decimal places based on input precision)
  • A machine readable Geo microformat.

Logged-in users can customize how coordinates appear in their browsers.

Caveats

The template must not be modified without prior discussion.

Tools which read Wikipedia database dumps (such as Google Earth) often ignore inline coordinates. To ensure that coordinates are seen by these tools, one set should be displayed beside the title. See How do I get my Wikipedia article to show up in the Google Earth Geographic Web layer?. However, if multiple title coordinates appear on a single page, they will overlap, making them illegible.

Superseded templates

This single template supersedes {{coor d}}, (and others in that family which have since been redirected to it), plus the Geolinks and Mapit templates. Most parameters can be used as before – see Usage.

Examples:

{{coord|10.2|N|-20.3|E|type:city}}Replaces {{coor d|10.2|N|-20.3|E|city}}
{{coord|44.4|-111.1|type:city_region:US|display=inline,title}}Replaces {{Geolinks-US-cityscale|44.4|-111.1}}
{{coord|51.01234|-1.56789|type:landmark_region:GB|display=inline,title}}Replaces {{Geolinks-UK-buildingscale|51.01234|-1.56789}}
{{coord|-35.5|150.1|type:landmark_region:AU|display=inline,title}}Replaces {{Mapit-AUS-suburbscale|lat=-35.5|long=150.1}}
{{coord|12|34|12|N|45|33|45|W|display=title}}Replaces {{CoorHeader|12|34|12|N|45|33|45|W}}

Usage

{{coord|latitude|longitude|coordinate parameters|template parameters}}
{{coord|dd|N/S|dd|E/W|coordinate parameters|template parameters}}
{{coord|dd|mm|N/S|dd|mm|E/W|coordinate parameters|template parameters}}
{{coord|dd|mm|ss|N/S|dd|mm|ss|E/W|coordinate parameters|template parameters}}

The hemisphere identifiers (N/S) and (E/W), if used, must be adjacent to the enclosing pipe "|" characters, and cannot be preceded or succeeded by spaces.

There are two kinds of parameters, all optional:

  • Coordinate parameters are parameters that {{Coord}} passes to the map server. These have the format parameter:value and are separated from each other by the underscore character ( _ ). The supported coordinate parameters are dim:, globe:, region:, scale:, source:, and type:. See coordinate parameters for details and examples.
  • Template parameters are parameters used by the {{Coord}} template. These have format parameter=value and are separated from each other by the pipe character ( | ). The supported template parameters are display=, format=, name=, and notes=.
  • display= can be one of the following:
  • display=inline – Display the coordinate inline (default)
  • display=title – Display the coordinate at the top of the article, beside the article's title (replaces {{coor title dms}} family)
    • shortcut: display=t
  • display=inline,title – Display the coordinate both inline and beside the article's title (replaces {{coor at dms}} family)
    • shortcut: display=it
  • display=title,inline has the same effect as display=inline,title
Note: the title attribute indicates that the coordinates apply to the entire article, and not just one of (perhaps many) places mentioned in it — so it should only be omitted in the latter case.
  • format= can be used to force dec or dms coordinate display.
  • format=dec reformats the coordinates to decimal degrees format.
  • format=dms reformats the coordinates to degrees | minutes | seconds format.
  • name= can be used to annotate inline coordinates for display in map services such as the WikiMiniAtlas. If omitted, the article's title (PAGENAME) is assumed.
Note: a name= parameter causes {{Coord}} to emit an hCard microformat using that name, even if used within an existing hCard. Do not use when the name is that of a person (e.g for a gravesite), as the generated hCard would be invalid. Also, do not use square brackets in names.
  • notes= specifies text to be displayed immediately following the coordinates. This is primarily intended for adding footnotes to coordinates displayed beside the title.

Displaying all coordinate links on one map

The template {{GeoGroup}} can be used in an article with coordinates. This template creates links to Google Maps and Bing which display all the coordinates on a single map, and links to other services which allow the coordinates to be used or downloaded in a variety of formats.

Examples

{{coord|43.651234|-79.383333}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:43.651234|-79.383333 Toronto – Fully decimal – N & W
{{coord|43.65|-79.38}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:43.65|-79.38 Toronto – less precise
{{coord|43.6500|-79.3800}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:43.6500|-79.3800 Toronto – medium precision with trailing zeroes
{{coord|43.651234|N|79.383333|W}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:43.651234|N|79.383333|W Toronto – decimal with Northing & Westing
{{coord|43|29|N|79|23|W}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:43|29|N|79|23|W Toronto – degrees & minutes
{{coord|43|29|4|N|79|23|0|W}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:43|29|4|N|79|23|0|W| Toronto – degrees, minutes & seconds
{{coord|43|29|4.5|N|79|23|0.5|W}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:43|29|4.5|N|79|23|0.5|W| Toronto – degrees, minutes, seconds & fractions of seconds
{{coord|55.752222|N|37.615556|E}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:55.752222|N|37.615556|E Moscow – N & E
{{coord|55.752222|N|37.615556|E|format=dms}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:55.752222|N|37.615556|E Convert to dms format
{{coord|39.098095|-94.587307|format=dms}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:39.098095|-94.587307 Decimal conversion without N/S/E/W
{{coord|55.752222|N|37.615556|E|format=dec|name=Moscow}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:55.752222|N|37.615556|E Convert to decimal and label on some maps
{{coord|33|55|S|18|25|E}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:33|55|S|18|25|E Cape Town – S & E
{{coord|35|00|N|105|00|E}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:35|00|N|105|00|E People's Republic of China
{{coord|22|54|30|S|43|14|37|W}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:22|54|30|S|43|14|37|W| Rio – S & W
{{coord|22|S|43|W}} Template:Coord/display/inline{{#coordinates:22|S|43|W A degree confluence.
{{coord|52|28|N|1|55|W|region:GB_type:city|notes=<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.fallingrain.com/world/UK/0/Birmingham.html|title=Birmingham}}</ref>|display=inline,title}} Template:Coord/display/inline,title{{#coordinates:52|28|N|1|55|W|region:GB_type:city Birmingham – with display, notes, and parameter settings; note that these coordinates are also displayed at the top of this page.

References

Coordinate parameters

The first unnamed parameter following the longitude is an optional string of coordinate parameters, separated by underscores. These parameters help GeoHack select suitable map resources, and they will become more important when Wikimaps becomes fully functional.

type:T

{{Wikipedia:WikiProject Geographical coordinates/type:}}

scale:N

{{Wikipedia:WikiProject Geographical coordinates/scale:}}

dim:D
region:R

{{Wikipedia:WikiProject Geographical coordinates/region:}}

globe:G

{{Wikipedia:WikiProject Geographical coordinates/globe:}}

source:S

Per-user display customization

Incorrect uses and maintenance category

The template has some input checks built in. Most errors display a bold, red message inline and categorize the article in the hidden maintenance category Coord template needing repair. There are currently 0 pages in that category. See the category description for further instructions.

A more thorough daily report of coordinates needing repair is at tools:~dispenser/view/File viewer#log:coord-enwiki.log.

See also: WT:GEO#To do

Internals

See Template:Coord/doc/internals and Category:Coord template.

Subtemplates

Coordinates in PDF

For generating PDF, printed books, and Open Office export format, two templates are substituted for the regular templates:

Samples are available at:

Class names

The class names geo, latitude and longitude are used to generate the microformat and MUST NOT be changed.af:Sjabloon:Coord ar:قالب:كوورد as:Template:coord be-x-old:Шаблён:Каардынаты bg:Шаблон:Coord bn:টেমপ্লেট:Coord bs:Template:coord ca:Template:Coord cs:Šablona:Geo dms cy:Nodyn:Coorddv:Template:Coord el:Template:Coordeo:Ŝablono:Koord et:Mall:Coordinate eu:Txantiloi:Koord fr:Modèle:Coord fur:Model:Coord fa:Template:Coord gan:Template:Coord he:תבנית:Coord hsb:Předłoha:Koord ia:Patrono:Coord it:Template:Coordko:틀:coord ku:Şablon:Koord hu:Sablon:Koord nn:Mal:Koord no:Mal:Koordpt:Predefinição:Coord ro:Format:Coordsimple:Template:Coord sl:Predloga:Koord fi:Malline:Coord sv:Mall:Coord tr:Şablon:Coord uk:Шаблон:Координати ur:Template:Coord vo:Samafomot:Coord yi:מוסטער:Coord

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