Template:Location map/Creating a new map definition

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Understanding map definition templates[edit]

The {{Location map}} family of templates utilize any one of a set of map definitions. These are not forks but rather auxiliary pages and must have names following the pattern "Module:Location map/data/location" or "Template:Location map location", where location is the name of the area covered by the map. The template space is supported only for backward compatibility; all new map definitions should be created as modules. Also, note that if a new map has the same projection and boundaries as the old map (such as File:Iraq location map.svg and File:Iraq location map2.svg), a new definition is not required; instead, the old definition should be used with the AlternativeMap parameter. To create a simple map definition module using an image of a map with an equirectangular Mercator projection:

  1. Create a new map image and upload it to Wikimedia commons or find an existing map on the same site.
  2. Create a module named Module:Location map/data/location, copy the content below into it and substitute the appropriate values.
  3. Create a page named Module:Location map/data/location/doc and follow the instructions under #Documentation.

As an example of a map that uses an equirectangular projection, we use Module:Location map/data/Belgium. Please do not experiment using active templates.

return {
	name = 'Belgium',
	top = 51.8,
	bottom = 49.2,
	left = 2.2,
	right = 6.9,
	image = 'Belgium location map.svg',
	image1 = 'Belgium relief location map.jpg'
}
Parameter Description
name The name of the area covered
top The latitude of the top edge of the image using decimal degrees
bottom The latitude of the bottom edge of the image
left longitude of the left edges of the image
right longitude of the right edges of the image
image The name of the image file on Commons
image1 The name of an alternate image, usually a relief map, which can be accessed using the relief parameter.

Maps of this type work will for small to mid sized areas. Module:Location map/data/USA Alabama is another example of a map description that uses an equirectangular projection. Notice that the image of the country is not what most would expect.

Maps that use other projections, such as Module:Location map/data/USA, which uses an equidistant conic projection. require formulas which are used to calculate the x and y coordinates for the location mark. Understanding these formulas requires a familiarity with the subject and is currently beyond the scope of this discussion. Note that the formula for x evaluates to 0 for the left edge of the image and 100 for the right edge. Likewise, the formula for y evaluates to 0 for the top edge and 100 for the bottom edge.

Documentation[edit]

Here is an example of what a documentation page should look like:

<!-- Categories and interwikis go at the bottom of this page. -->
{{Module:Location map/data/doc|image=[[File:Belgium-CIA WFB Map.png|thumb|250px|Map of Belgium]]
|examples=
=== Location map, using default map (image) ===
{{Location map | Belgium
| width   = 200
| lat_deg = 50.85
| lon_deg = 4.35
| label   = Brussels
}}
<pre style="width:30em">
{{Location map | Belgium
| width   = 200
| lat_deg = 50.85
| lon_deg = 4.35
| label   = Brussels
}}
</pre>
{{clear}}

=== Location map many, using relief map (image1) ===
{{Location map many | Belgium
| relief   = yes
| width    = 200
| caption  = Two locations in Belgium
| lat1_deg = 50.85
| lon1_deg = 4.35
| label1   = Brussels
| lat2_deg = 51.22
| lon2_deg = 4.40
| label2   = Antwerp
}}
<pre style="width:30em">
{{Location map many | Belgium
| relief   = yes
| width    = 200
| caption  = Two locations in Belgium
| lat1_deg = 50.85
| lon1_deg = 4.35
| label1   = Brussels
| lat2_deg = 51.22
| lon2_deg = 4.40
| label2   = Antwerp
}}
</pre>
{{clear}}

=== Location map+, using AlternativeMap ===
{{Location map+ | Belgium
| AlternativeMap = Belgium relief location map.jpg
| width   = 200
| caption = Two locations in Belgium
| places  =
  {{Location map~ | Belgium
  | lat_deg = 50.85
  | lon_deg = 4.35
  | label   = Brussels
  }}
  {{Location map~ | Belgium
  | lat_deg = 51.22
  | lon_deg = 4.40
  | label   = Antwerp
  }}
}}
<pre style="width:35em">
{{Location map+ | Belgium
| AlternativeMap = Belgium relief location map.jpg
| width   = 200
| caption = Two locations in Belgium
| places  =
  {{Location map~ | Belgium
  | lat_deg = 50.85
  | lon_deg = 4.35
  | label   = Brussels
  }}
  {{Location map~ | Belgium
  | lat_deg = 51.22
  | lon_deg = 4.40
  | label   = Antwerp
  }}
}}
</pre>
}}
<includeonly>
<!-- Categories go here, and interwikis go on Wikidata: -->

[[Category:Belgium location map templates|Belgium location map templates]]

</includeonly>

The following parameters are taken by Module:Location map/data/doc:

Parameter Description
image An addtional image to display (other than the one the location map uses) on the right side of the documentation page. If not specified, no additional image is displayed.
projection The type of projection the location map uses. If not specified, "an [[equirectangular projection]]" is used.
name The name to display in the map's documentation. If not specified, the actual name of the location map is used.
examples A section containing examples of the location map's usage. A {{clear}} template is automatically placed at the end of the examples. If not specified, no examples are output.
see also Additional links to place in the "See also" section.

All information about the map will be automatically taken from the map's definition itself.