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This template should be used when the article appears to have abbreviations that may be confusing to the layman, or even to everyone. See WP:Manual of Style#Acronyms and abbreviations for the styleguide, and use {{abbr}} for the mouseover-definition template.


Place at the top of the article and/or sections to alert editors.


  • For articles needing major clean-up, place {{abbreviations|article}} at the top of the main page to alert readers.
  • For articles needing minor clean-up, place {{abbreviations|article}} at the top of the talk page to alert editors.
  • To mark specific sections instead of the whole article, place {{abbreviations|section}} at the top of the section.
  • The default words "article or section" are replaceable so you can specify whether the template applies to the whole article or just a section, eg."{{abbreviations|section}}".
  • To point out specific abbreviations, you may use {{abbreviations|article/section|yourexamples}} or {{abbreviations|2=yourexamples}}
  • You may use the optional date parameter, e.g. {{abbreviations|date=July 2024}}. This helps with the categorization of articles requiring attention.
  • The simplest way to add this template to an article is to copy and paste {{abbreviations|date=July 2024}} at the top of the article or talk page.
  • Add a new item to the talk page explaining the problem so editors will know what to address, and when to remove this tag.


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