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This template is mainly used in conjunction with {{Infobox Historic Site}}, which is under the supervision of WikiProject Historic Sites. This template tells the infobox how to display designations by passing along either a color or some text, which are dependent on the designation. The template is set up, however, so that anyone can use it as a stand-alone template to create tables, lists, and other articles throughout Wikipedia. The following is an explanation of how to use this template as a stand-alone template:

Template syntax


  • <designation> – tells the template which designation to use. (i.e. "NRHP", "World Heritage Site", "NYCL", etc.) This parameter is case-insensitive, so "world heritage site" will yield the same thing as "WoRlD HeRiTaGe SiTe". All supported designations are listed below.
  • <identifier> – can be either of the two following values:
    • color (or colour) – will return a hex code for the official color of <designation>
    • text – will return a link to the article talking about <designation>
  • {{Designation|World Heritage Site|colour}} yields "#FFE153"
  • {{Designation|Grade I|text}} yields "Listed Building – Grade I"

Supported designations

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Designation Scope Count Valid <designation> values (Callnames)
यूनेस्को विश्व धरोहर स्थल Global 874 World Heritage Site; WHS
IUCN श्रेणी Ia (कड़ा प्राकृतिक रिज़र्व) Global ??? IUCN Category Ia; IUCN Ia; Category Ia; Nature Reserve
IUCN श्रेणी Ib (वनीय क्षेत्र) Global ??? IUCN Category Ib; IUCN Ib; Category Ib; Wilderness Area
IUCN श्रेणी II (राष्ट्रीय उद्यान) Global ??? IUCN Category II; IUCN II; Category II; National Park
IUCN श्रेणी III (प्राकृतिक स्मारक) Global ??? IUCN Category III; IUCN III; Category III; Natural Monument
IUCN श्रेणी IV (पर्यावास/प्रजाति प्रबंधन क्षेत्र) Global ??? IUCN Category IV; IUCN IV; Category IV; Habitat Management; Species Management
IUCN श्रेणी V (संरक्षित क्षेत्र/सागर) Global ??? IUCN Category V; IUCN V; Category V; Protected Landscape; Protected Seascape
IUCN श्रेणी VI (प्रबंधित संसाधन संरक्षित क्षेत्र) Global ??? IUCN Category VI; IUCN VI; Category VI; Managed Resource Protected Area

National/regional designations

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Designation Scope Count Valid <designation> values (Callnames)
Invalid designation Albania 201 Cultural Monument of Albania; Albanian Cultural Monument; Albania; Monument Kulture
National Historic Monument of Argentina Argentina ~400 National Historic Monument of Argentina; Argentina Historic Monument; Argentina; NHMA
Canadian National Historic Site Canada 958 National Historic Site of Canada; Canadian National Historic Site; Canada; NHSC
Invalid designation Croatia 461 Protected Natural Value of Croatia; Croatian Protected Natural Value; Protected area of Croatia; Croatian Protected area; Croatia Natural; Spomenik prirode
Invalid designation Croatia ??? Cultural Good of Croatia; Croatian Cultural Good; Croatia Cultural; Spomenik kulture
National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens England ??? National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens; Register of Historic Parks and Gardens; Historic Parks and Gardens; England Historic Park; England Historic Garden; English Historic Park; English Historic Garden
Monument historique France >43,000 Monument historique; France; French
National Monument of Ireland Ireland ~1,000 Irish National Monument; National Monument of Ireland; Ireland Monument in State Care; Irish Monument in State Care; Ireland; Irish
National Treasure of Japan Japan 1079 National Treasure of Japan; Japanese National Treasure; Japan
Rijksmonument Netherlands 55,000+ Rijksmonument; Dutch National Monument; Netherlands National Monument; National Monument of the Netherlands; Netherlands; Dutch
New Zealand Historic Places Trust - Category I New Zealand ??? New Zealand Historic Places Trust Category I; New Zealand Category I; NZ Category I
New Zealand Historic Places Trust - Category II New Zealand ??? New Zealand Historic Places Trust Category II; New Zealand Category II; NZ Category II
Portuguese National Monument Portugal 791 National Monument of Portugal; Portuguese National Monument; Monumento Nacional do Portugal; Portugal; IPPAR
Serbian Cultural Property of Great Importance Serbia 1,335 Serbian Cultural Property of Great Importance; Cultural Property of Great Importance; Serbia; Serbian
Invalid designation Scotland ~386 Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland; Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland; Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes
National Monument of Singapore Singapore ??? National Monument of Singapore; Singapore National Monument; Singapore
Spanish Property of Cultural Interest Spain ??? Spanish Property of Cultural Interest; Bien de Interés Cultural; BIC; Spain; Spanish
Monument historique France >40,467 Monument historique; France; French
Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance Switzerland ??? Swiss Cultural Property of National Significance; Swiss; Switzerland; Swiss Cultural Property
UK Scheduled Ancient Monument United Kingdom ??? Scheduled Monument; Scheduled Ancient Monument; Ancient Monument; UK Scheduled Monument; UK Ancient Monument; Scheduled Historic Monument; UK Monument in State Care; UK Scheduled Ancient Monument; UK Scheduled Historic Monument
National Monument of Zambia Zambia >3000 National Monument of Zambia; Zambian National Monument; Zambia

State/provincial designations

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Designation Scope Count Valid <designation> values (Callnames)
Declared Monument of Hong Kong ChinaHong Kong 92 Declared Monument of Hong Kong; Hong Kong Declared Monument; HK Declared Monument
Alabama Landmark United StatesAlabama ~1269 Alabama Register; Alabama Landmark; Alabama; USAL; ARLH
California Historical Landmark United StatesCalifornia >1,000 California Historical Landmark; California; CHISL
Invalid designation United StatesMichigan 2730 Michigan State Historic Site; Michigan; MSHS
Mississippi Landmark United StatesMississippi 890 Mississippi Landmark; Mississippi; USMS
Nevada Historical Marker United States - Nevada 266 Nevada Historical Marker; Nevada Marker; Nevada; USNV
Designation Scope Count Valid <designation> values (Callnames)
Yangon City Landmark BurmaYangon 188 Yangon City Heritage List; Yangon City Landmark; Yangon Landmark; Yangon City; Yangon
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument United StatesCaliforniaLos Angeles 886 Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument; Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument; Los Angeles; LAHCM
Chicago Landmark United StatesIllinoisChicago ~200 Chicago Landmark; Chicago; CHICL
St. Louis Landmark United StatesMissouriSt. Louis 121 St. Louis Landmark; St Louis Landmark; St. Louis; St Louis
New York City Landmark United StatesNew YorkNew York City ~23,000 New York City Landmark; NYC Landmark; New York City; NYC; NYCL
Oyster Bay Landmark United StatesNew YorkOyster Bay 40 Oyster Bay Landmark; Oyster Bay, New York; Oyster Bay, NY; Oyster Bay
Pittsburgh Landmark United StatesPennsylvaniaPittsburgh 66 Pittsburgh Historic Landmark; Pittsburgh Landmark; Pittsburgh; PHLF

Adding new designations

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If you've created or contributed to a list-article or individual property articles of a designation or heritage register not listed above, you can suggest its addition to the template. To suggest a new designation for inclusion in this template, raise a question at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Historic sites.

In order for a register to be added to this template, there are several criteria that must be met:

  1. The register must be an official designation consisting of a reasonable number of sites. If a designation covers only a small community and contains only a handful of sites, it's probably not necessary to add it to this template.
  2. There must be an article about the register on Wikipedia, and there should be at least an external link to a list of all sites on the register. Ideally, there should be a list article on Wikipedia containing links to all articles about sites on that register.
  3. The register's scope must be identified. What exactly can become listed on this register? Is it confined to a small area such as a city or municipality? Perhaps a state or province? Or maybe even an entire nation or many nations? A designation can be classified as "Global", meaning any site in any nation can qualify, "National/regional", meaning only sites in a particular nation or group of nations (i.e. the United Kingdom or North America) can qualify, "State/provincial", meaning only sites in a particular region of a country (i.e. a state in the United States or an emirate in the United Arab Emirates) may qualify, or "Local", meaning only sites in a specific city, neighborhood, or community may qualify.
  4. Text and a color scheme must be chosen for the designation. This template allows an editor freedom over the background color of the designation's bar in {{Infobox Historic Site}} as well as the text color. The text of the bar will link to the main article of the register in some way, and should contain sufficient information to uniquely identify the register.
  5. Valid callnames must be chosen for the designation. Callnames are valid values for the <designation> parameter described at the top of this page. Callnames are unique to an individual register, so if another similar designation contains callnames that may conflict with the new register, some reconciliation will be needed (i.e. if Switzerland maintains two national designations and one is already in this template using the callname "Switzerland", that callname must be taken out to remove ambiguity before the second designation is added).

Through discussion, determine a color scheme for the designation and which text will appear in the infobox bar. Also, determine callnames, identifying any ambiguities or overlap between designations. Once the text, the color, and the callname(s) have been discussed, the designation can be incorporated into this template. Below are a few guidelines on how to choose these identifiers.

Monument historique
The background of the Monument Historique designation matches the French flag

While most colors on Wikipedia are completely arbitrary, the colors in this template are (usually) connected at least loosely with their designations. For example, the blue background of Monument historique is the same shade of blue present in the Flag of France. Also, the red background of New York City Landmarks is meant to symbolize "The Big Apple", one of the city's nicknames. It is desirable for any new designation to have a well-thought-out color.

While it's desirable for the colors to be related to the designation, accessibility is our first concern. Some users of Wikipedia may be fully or partially color blind, and certain color combinations can be hard for them to see. It may be necessary to modify the colors a little to accommodate these users; for more information see Wikipedia:Color.

In choosing callnames (valid <designation> values), choose names that are generally associated with the designation – not personal preferences (i.e. don't choose "My Hometown," "Family Vacation Spot," etc.). Be sure to include many different variations on word order (If you include "Canadian National Historic Site" then include "National Historic Site of Canada" as well). Callnames are case-insensitive, so there is no need for various capitalization changes.

You may use abbreviations, but use abbreviations that make sense. For Atlanta Landmarks, "AL" wouldn't be good because it may be confused with landmarks in Alabama; something like "ATL" would be better because more potential readers would associate that with Atlanta. For smaller cities it is wise to include country or state names too (such as "Oyster Bay, New York") because people are more likely to use state names than for larger, more well-known cities.

Care must also be taken to avoid overlap or ambiguity in choosing callnames. Common practice in this template's designations is to include the nation, state, or city's name as a potential callname for that designation. If a nation, state, or city maintains more than one historic register, though, things can get messy. When adding a new designation, check first to make sure that no other designations use the callnames you wish to attach to the new designation. If you were adding a new national designation for Switzerland, you would notice that the designation already in the template (Swiss Cultural Properties of National Significance) uses the callname "Switzerland". Since your new designation would also be a national designation of Switzerland, the "Switzerland" callname should be removed from the old designation, making sure to update any articles using that callname, before the new designation is added to the template.

Be sure to provide adequate information to uniquely identify the designation.

When selecting the text that will be shown in the infobox bar, be sure to provide enough information to uniquely identify the designation. Many registers in this template are very similar, and some may even overlap in scope (i.e. a single area may be covered by more than one register). Make sure when selecting the text that will display in the designation's bar that enough information is given to remove all ambiguity. If you were adding a register about the National Monuments of Singapore, you couldn't simply choose "National Monument" for the text bar because almost every single country contains its own national monuments. Generally a good idea is to include the nation, region, or area covered by the register in the text. Instead of "State Landmark", the text should read "California Landmark" or something similar.

The list article to which the text will point can be helpful in identifying the register, though it should not be a primary identifier. A reader should be able to read the text of the bar and know immediately which register the infobox is talking about. Secondary information such as intricacies of scope, requirements of addition, and explanations of labels (Grade I, Category C, Type IV, etc.) should be explained in the list article but not the text bar. While adequate information is needed in the text bar, make sure not to be overly descriptive so as not to overwhelm the infobox. If the bar's text takes up more than two lines, you should probably think about shortening it.

Designation incorporation

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After colors, text, and callnames have been chosen, the designation is ready to be added to the template. You should probably ask someone at WT:HSITES to do this for you, but if you feel up to it, you can dive into template code independently. The template is split up into two major code blocks – one for colors and one for text. Before editing anything, you may want to check out Help:Templates.

To incorporate the designation's color into the template, find the appropriate scope-level (Global, national/regional, state/provincial, or local) section of the "color" block of code. The section is alphabetized according to scope. Nation's names are in alphabetical order, followed by states or provinces, followed by cities. Find the appropriate location in alphabetic order for your new designation and insert a new line. On this line, list the callname(s) selected for the designation, separated by vertical pipes ("|"). Be sure to add the callname(s) in all caps to remove case sensitivity; if a callname is not entered in all caps, it will not work. General practice is to not allow the callnames to exceed a certain point on a line to preserve readability, so if a designation passes the column of existing equal signs, it should be moved to a new line. At the end of the last line of callnames, add an equal sign and then the HEX value of the color chosen. In order for the wikisoftware to parse the color correctly, "& #35;" (without the space it renders a "#" sign) must be added to the front of the HEX color.

After the color is added, you can simply copy/paste that entire line of code including all callnames down into the "text" block of code at the bottom of the template. Be sure to maintain the alphabetical order of the section by pasting into the same location in the text block that you pasted into the color block. After pasting, delete the HEX color and replace it with the text for the infobox bar. This text, as discussed above, should contain a link to the register's main list article. To change the text color of a link, a <span> element is used (See existing designations for examples).

After the color and text have been added to the template, you are ready to save. Before clicking save, double check to see that nothing else other than what you added was changed (you can use the "Show changes" option if necessary) and save the page with the edit summary "Added _______ designation," inserting the name of the designation you just added.

After the color/text are added to the main template, you can either ask someone at WT:HSITES to update the "Supported designations" page or update it yourself. To add your designation to the page, you'll have to find the correct scope-based subpage. If you want to add a global designation, append "/Global" to the end of the article name (i.e. Template:Designation/Supported designations/Global); for national/regional designations, it's /National; for state/provincial designations, it's /State; and for local/municipal designations, it's /Local. Once you've navigated to the correct subpage, simply click the edit button and add a new table row in the correct alphabetical order based on descending order of scope (So if you were adding New York State Landmarks, and Alabama/Ohio were already there, you would add New York between the two. If there was a Hong Kong landmark, it would be even before Alabama because "China" starts with C and "United States" starts with U). The simplest method of creating a new row is to copy/paste a pre-existing row and edit that. For more information on Wikipedia Tables, see Help:Tables.

Don't change anything in the first column except the designation call. Change the former designation callname to one of your designation's callnames in both the "color" and "text" locations. The next cell is the scope of the designation. Scopes are generally in Country – State/province – City/municipality, etc. form, so for the New York State example, you would not just type "New York"; you would type "United StatesNew York" and for Hong Kong, you would type "ChinaHong Kong." The next column is the approximate count of sites having that designation. No sources are needed on this list since the count will more than likely appear on the main article for that designation, a requirement to be supported by this infobox. The final cell is a list of all callnames that can be used to call that designation. You can copy and paste the callnames from the main template, but be sure to separate them by semicolons instead of leaving the vertical pipes, and make sure not to leave them in all caps. After you have added the new row, save the page with the same edit summary used when you updated the main template.