Template:Link to category

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[[:Category:{{{1}}}]]

The problem

If you try to make an ordinary wikilink to a category page with [[Category:CATEGORY NAME]]

you get the current page included in that category rather than a link to the category page.

The solution

Nevertheless you can make a wikilink to a category page with a bit of extra syntax: just put a colon between [[

and Category

, like this: [[:Category:CATEGORY NAME]] .

The template

This syntax is however somewhat obscure: it is easy to forget that extra colon, and a later editor unaware of this tiny bit of extra syntax might remove the colon. For these reasons it's probably more robust to have a template for this purpose.

Usage

   {{link to category|CATEGORY NAME}}

A bit more to type than the raw syntax, but more memorable and clearer, because the template name is self-documenting.

Example

Category:Diachronic conlangs