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Wikitravel:Links to Wikipedia

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Many of the articles in Wikitravel can benefit from links to Wikipedia articles on the same subject. A Wikitravel article tends to focus on the issues facing travelers for a destination, but Wikipedia articles can have deeper or broader information on a topic.

Same subject

To add a link to a Wikipedia article on the same subject, add a link of the form [[WikiPedia:Article title on Wikipedia]]. (Note the capital "P"; it's a long story.) The link will not appear in the main text of the article page on Wikitravel, but will instead show up automatically in the section "Other sites/languages".

Add a Wikipedia link to the very end of an article, to keep the article uncluttered. Avoid adding more than one Wikipedia link; the link you add should be to an article on exactly the same topic.

Different subject

If you need to make a link to Wikipedia for an article that isn't exactly the same, just put a colon in front of the "WikiPedia", like this: [[:WikiPedia:Article title on Wikipedia]]. That will show the link in-line.

Try not to overuse Wikipedia links. The traveler may not be on-line when they read a Wikitravel article, so a link to Wikipedia (or anywhere else) won't be of much use to them. Wikitravel articles should be as complete as possible in and of themselves. Essential information about a topic should be included in the Wikitravel article.

Interlanguage links

There are many Wikipedias for different languages. Linking to most of them from English-language Wikitravel doesn't make a lot of sense. After all, our target audience are English speakers who won't understand a linked article in Tamil or Estonian.

In addition, don't count on Wikipedia-style interlanguage prefixes to work. We plan to eventually have our own multilanguage sites here at Wikitravel, and [[fr:Lyon]] will point to the French Wikitravel article about Lyon, not to the French Wikipedia article about Lyon.