Template:Namefix 3

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{{Namefix}} and {{Namefix 2}} and {{Namefix&sort}} are Templates to deal with the fact that place-names have variant forms, and in particular county and territory names. They are not of use within the body of an article but they serve within the programming of other templates.

Wikishire categorises articles by county or territory automatically and it may contain automated links in an infobox, and this categorisation and linking is dependent on have a single, standard name for each county, or we could end up with some articles in "Category:Hills in Devon" and others in "Category:Hills in Devonshire"; both names are correct, but for Wikishire to work it has to work with one version. Therefore if in an infobox a contributor enters the county as "Devonshire", the system will, through these templates, silently amend it to "Devon".


The most important of these templates, {{Namefix}} contains a list of variant names and the standard versions which Wikishire's systems.

Examples are:

Carnarvonshire Caernarfonshire
Devonshire Devon
Downshire County Down
Dumbartonshire Dunbartonshire
Haddingtonshire East Lothian
BIOT British Indian Ocean Territory
Falklands Falkland Islands

The template is used in a great many templates and every Infobox, wherever the contributor is invited to enter the name of a county.

{{Namefix 2}}

{{Namefix 2}} applies {{Namefix}} to any given name, but then adds "the " in front of in the case of certain territories and crown dependencies, for example "the Falkland Islands", "the Isle of Man" and so forth.

This is of use within categorisation protocols, for example {{Infobox waterfall}} will automatically categorise an article as, for example "Category:Waterfalls of Devon" or "Category:Waterfalls of the Falkland Islands"; it is {{Namefix 2}} which adds "the" where required.

Using examples as above:

entry result
Carnarfonshire Caernarfonshire
Down County Down
BIOT the British Indian Ocean Territory
Falklands the Falkland Islands
Jersey the Bailiwick of Jersey
Man the Isle of Man

This template is mainly used within Categorisation templates.

{{Namefix 3}}

{{Namefix 3}} takes {{Namefix 2}} a step on, applying to any given name, but choosing the right preposition for it: "in" or "on", for example "in Berkshire" but "on the Falkland Islands", "on the Isle of Man" and so forth. "On" is only used for a few island territories.

This may be of use within categorisation protocols.

Using examples as above:

entry result
Carnarfonshire in Caernarfonshire
Down in County Down
Gibraltar in Gibraltar
Falklands on the Falkland Islands
Caymans on the Cayman Islands
Man on the Isle of Man

This template is only used within Categorisation templates.


This is a template to deal with the alphabetical order of county names; for example "County Antrim", and "County Durham" should be listed under "A" and "D" respectively, not "C".

This template is used within categorisation templates to ensure alphabetical sorting, for example in {{Rivers}} so that within "Rivers of Britain and Ireland", the category "Rivers of County Antrim" appears under "A".


template function
{{Check1shire}} Gives an error message if the name entered is not a county nor an overseas territory.
{{Hillfix}} The names of ranges of hills (eg. 'Pennines' replacing 'Pennine Hills')
{{Islegroupfix}} The names of island groups (eg. 'Isles of Scilly' replacing 'Scilly')
{{Mountsort}} Alphabetical sorting, so that hills beginning "Mount" are sorted under the name not the prefix
{{Saintsort}} Alphabetical sorting, so that towns and villages beginning "St" are sorted as if it were written "Saint"
{{Owned by code}} For categories of ownership (see {{Owned by code}}).
{{Unitfix}} Works within the {{convert}} template: It render the names of units of measurement readable by the template
{{Display admin}} Abbreviates or puts line breaks in long constituency names in {{Infobox town}}, to avoid stretching the box.
{{Display LG district}} The same for long local government district names.