Template:COinS safe

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It is to indicate whether it can be safely used in citation templates. By default, it indicates the template is safe for use.

When the template is set as "not safe", the page is placed into Category:Templates not safe for use in citation templates.


To indicate a template which can be safely used in citation templates: {{COinS safe}}

To indicate a template that should NOT be used in citation templates: {{COinS safe|n}}

To add extra info after the standard message: |addtext=


Code Result
{{COinS safe}}
{{COinS safe|n}}
{{COinS safe|addtext=Here is the extra info.}}
{{COinS safe|n|addtext=Here is the extra info.}}

Explain COinS issues

Citation templates such as Citation Style 1 and generate COinS metadata. If a template is used in a citation template field, then it may inject HTML into the metadata.

Compare the rendered HTML for {{cite book}} with |author= using no template and using {{smallcaps}}.

Markup Renders as
{{cite book |author=Sam Drucker |title=Title}}

Sam Drucker. Title.

'"`UNIQ--templatestyles-00000005-QINU`"'<cite id="CITEREFSam_Drucker" class="citation book cs1">Sam Drucker. ''Title''.</cite><span title="ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Abook&rft.genre=book&rft.btitle=Title&rft.au=Sam+Drucker&rfr_id=info%3Asid%2Fhodl.wiki%3ATemplate%3ACOinS+safe" class="Z3988"></span>

{{cite book |author={{smallcaps|Sam Drucker}} |title=Title}}

Sam Drucker. Title. {{cite book}}: templatestyles stripmarker in |author= at position 1 (help)

'"`UNIQ--templatestyles-0000000C-QINU`"'<cite id="CITEREFSam_Drucker" class="citation book cs1">'"`UNIQ--templatestyles-0000000B-QINU`"'<span class="smallcaps">Sam Drucker</span>. ''Title''.</cite><span title="ctx_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info%3Aofi%2Ffmt%3Akev%3Amtx%3Abook&rft.genre=book&rft.btitle=Title&rft.au=%7F%27%22%60UNIQ--templatestyles-0000000B-QINU%60%22%27%7F%3Cspan+class%3D%22smallcaps%22%3ESam+Drucker%3C%2Fspan%3E&rfr_id=info%3Asid%2Fhodl.wiki%3ATemplate%3ACOinS+safe" class="Z3988"></span> <span class="cs1-visible-error citation-comment"><code class="cs1-code">{{[[Template:cite book|cite book]]}}</code>: </span><span class="cs1-visible-error citation-comment">templatestyles stripmarker in <code class="cs1-code">&#124;author=</code> at position 1 ([[Help:CS1 errors#invisible_char|help]])</span>[[Category:CS1 errors: invisible characters]]

The author metadata is in the rft.aulast field. In this case, it is percent-encoded and is rendered as <span class="smallcaps" style="font-variant:small-caps;">Sam Drucker</span>

Reference management software will interpret the entire span as the author name.

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