Template talk:Acad

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Displaying the id parameter[edit]

I have edited the current version in the sandbox. The version in the sandbox now displays the ID in brackets at the end of the title display (after the name). My reasons for thinking that this is desirable, is because without it there is no visual clue to link a short citation to a long citation. One has to know that ACAD are the initial to "A Cambridge Alumni Database".

If there is more than one ACAD entry in the References section, without the id there is no way to tell visually which short citation links to the long citation.For hard copies or sites that do not copy the links from Wikipedia pages, this is a marked disadvantage.

Also displaying the id will help editors notice typos and/or cut and past in the id field in the sort citations.

Unless there are objections to the modification I propose to add the code to the production version. -- PBS (talk) 18:23, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

See "testcases" for some sandbox examples. See also {{Cite PastScape}} for a similar presentation. -- PBS (talk) 09:48, 11 January 2014 (UTC)
No objections.
Trappist the monk (talk) 11:02, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

Website offline[edit]

I've been doing a bit of reference updating and noticed that http://venn.lib.cam.ac.uk/ seems to be offline, therefore this template isn't functional. It isn't something I'm familiar with so I don't know if this is a temporary issue. I had a quick look at archive.org and there are some images of the site, but I don't know enough to suggest it as an idea. Trappedinburnley (talk) 13:04, 9 January 2016 (UTC)

It's now at http://venn.lib.cam.ac.uk/acad/2016/search-2016.html but I'm unsure how to edit this template either. Comes Dunelmensis (talk) 20:16, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
I've updated the sandbox to use the new url. These appear to work.
"Milne, Alan Alexander (MLN900AA)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
"Mason, John (M661J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
"Mason, John". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.  missing id.
I'll update the live template in a bit after I've tried a few others.
Trappist the monk (talk) 20:42, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
Live template has been updated to use the new urls. Report any problems here.
Trappist the monk (talk) 13:26, 3 February 2016 (UTC)


Could someone (User:Trappist the monk?) please make this template fetch the ID from Wikidata, using Cambridge Alumni Database ID (P1599), if available, and if there is no local value set? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 19:54, 13 August 2016 (UTC)