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Usage

{{distinguish|PAGE1}}
Not to be confused with PAGE1.
{{distinguish|PAGE1|PAGE2}}
Not to be confused with PAGE1 or PAGE2.
{{distinguish|PAGE1|PAGE2|PAGE3}}
Not to be confused with PAGE1, PAGE2, or PAGE3.

This hatnote is generally used when there can be confusion with a similar term. This is typically used when readers have misspelled their desired title, and the error would be apparent by simply displaying the alternative term without further explanation. For example, consider a reader looking for the punctuation mark who instead ends up at coma:

Coma
Not to be confused with Comma.

Readers are presumed to recognize that they actually wanted comma by merely looking at the spelling, and this case generally requires no further explanation.

However, {{distinguish}} is not suitable when the difference is not readily apparent without additional details. Consider a reader looking for a game they believe is named Reversi:

15px Reversi
Not to be confused with Reversis.

In the above hatnote, it is not generally apparent how the suggested Reversis is different from Reversi, which is also a game.

15px ReversiTemplate:About

Using {{about}} instead of Template:Tlc, the differences in the suggested article is explained upfront without requiring the reader to click through and differentiate the terms on their own.

Template:Tlc should only be used when the ambiguity exists for a portion of the readership that is sufficient to warrant a hatnote. Care should be taken to avoid trivial uses.

Redirects

See also

  • {{Distinguish2}}, for multiple disambiguation targets or prepending "the".
  • {{About}}, links the reader to other articles with similar titles or concepts that they may have been seeking instead.

Template:Hatnote templates

TemplateData

Template:TemplateData header <templatedata> { "params": { "1": { "label": "Name of article", "description": "Name of article that you want to link to", "type": "wiki-page-name", "required": true }, "2": { "label": "Optional additional article to link", "description": "Optional additional article to link", "type": "wiki-page-name" }, "3": { "label": "Optional additional article to link", "description": "Optional additional article to link", "type": "wiki-page-name" }, "4": { "label": "Optional additional article to link", "description": "Optional additional article to link", "type": "wiki-page-name" } }, "description": "A hatnote used when there is an ambiguity in an article's title.", "paramOrder": [ "1", "2", "3", "4" ], "format": "inline" } </templatedata>