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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-0000000C-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%3ASmalldiv%2Fdoc" 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-00000013-QINU`"'<cite id="CITEREFSam_Drucker" class="citation book cs1">'"`UNIQ--templatestyles-00000012-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-00000012-QINU%60%22%27%7F%3Cspan+class%3D%22smallcaps%22%3ESam+Drucker%3C%2Fspan%3E&rfr_id=info%3Asid%2Fhodl.wiki%3ATemplate%3ASmalldiv%2Fdoc" 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.

See also


Use this template instead of {{small}} or <small>...</small> to wrap multiple lines of text, or to wrap a template that contains <div>...</div> tags.

This template is a drop-in replacement for {{small}} templates or <small>...</small> tags that wrap multiple lines or wrap a template containing <div>...</div> tags. When a {{small}} template or <small>...</small> tags wrap multiple lines, Linter errors are caused, typically "Missing end tag", "Misnested tag", or "Stripped tag".

The only parameter, |, is the content that is intended to be rendered at a font size of 85% of normal.

Note that if the = character appears in the content, it should be replaced with {{=}}, or the content must be explicitly preceded with |1=. See examples in the table below. Pages ignoring this instruction are likely to appear in Category:Pages using small with an empty input parameter (1).

Examples of uses for {{smalldiv}}
input shows
  • One
  • Two
  • Three
{{smalldiv|{{unbulleted list|One|Two|Three}}}}
  • One
  • Two
  • Three
  • One
  • Two
  • Three
{{smalldiv|{{hidden||{{nowrap|Ichirō Hatoyama – 394<br/>Nobusuke Kishi – 4<br/>''Others'' – 15}}}}}}
Ichirō Hatoyama – 394
Nobusuke Kishi – 4
Others – 15
Example with = character in the content (error):
{{smalldiv|Ichirō Hatoyama = 394<br/>Nobusuke Kishi = 4<br/>''Others'' = 15}}
Example with = character in the content using |1=:
{{smalldiv|1=Ichirō Hatoyama = 394<br/>Nobusuke Kishi = 4<br/>''Others'' = 15}}
Ichirō Hatoyama = 394
Nobusuke Kishi = 4
Others = 15

When not to use this template

Remember to "avoid using smaller font sizes in elements that already use a smaller font size, such as infoboxes, navboxes and reference sections", per MOS:ACCESS#Font size and MOS:SMALLFONT. Using this template within an infobox or a navbox reduces the text size to about 75%, which is smaller than the 85% limit prescribed by the MOS guideline.

Template data

This is the TemplateData for this template used by TemplateWizard, VisualEditor and other tools. Click here to see a monthly parameter usage report for this template in articles based on this TemplateData.

TemplateData for Smalldiv

Tracking category

See also

  • {{bigdiv}} (for wrapping multiple lines in big formatting)
  • {{monodiv}} (for wrapping multiple lines in monospace formatting)
  • {{bold div}} (for wrapping multiple lines in bold formatting)
  • {{italic div}} (for wrapping multiple lines in italic formatting)
  • {{Resizediv}} – block-level template for changing text size
Font size templates
Code for inline content Code for block content Size Result
{{smalldiv|text}} 85% text
{{resize|text}} {{resizediv|text}} 90% text
{{midsize|text}} 92% text
none none 100% text
{{largediv|text}} 120% text
{{huge|text}} 180% text
{{resize|x%|text}} {{resizediv|x%|text}} custom varies
{{font|size=x%}} custom varies