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As of 20 August 2018 (2018-08-20)[ref]

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Usage

The template {{as of}} is used to mark potentially dated statements, and will add an article to the appropriate hidden sub-category of Category:Articles containing potentially dated statements. This allows editors to catalogue statements that may become dated over time. The date used for a given statement should be the date of the most recent reliable source (for currently valid statements), or the date on which the cited reference was produced (for example, when using census data). It should not be used for future dates (use {{update after}} instead). This template should not be substituted.

Notes:

  • This template MUST NOT be used in infoboxes that emit a microformat, as its emitted date markup will conflict with that.
  • This template is not necessary within quotations, and use of the template in such cases should be avoided.

This template does not generate a visible hyperlink in text where it is used.

Usage guidelines

Usually "as of" is used only in cases where an article is intended to provide the most current information available, and will need updating in the future. It should not be used for historical information that will not change. For example, a mention that the historical "population of Toledo, Ohio, was 13,768 as of the 1860 Census" should not be tagged, as it is a historical fact which will not change. It is appropriate to tag "the population of Toledo as of the 2010 Census was 287,208" (where the 2010 Census is the most recent available at the time of writing). The date used for a given statement should be the date of the most recent reliable source (for currently valid statements), or the date on which the data were obtained (for example, when using census figures).

"As of" should not be used with future dates, as it will cause the article to be placed in nonexistent categories. Instead, use {{Update after}} to mark when the next event will occur. Here are two ways to correctly mark statements with future dates:

     {{As of|2018|post=,}} construction is expected to finish in 2028 and cost US$28 billion.

     Construction is expected to finish in 2028 and cost US$28 billion.{{update after|2028}}

Remember to always use precise language when writing about future or current events. The statement should make sense to a reader years into the future, even if the information has changed. If it is possible to predict when a statement will need updating you should also use the {{Update after}} template to indicate when a statement will become out of date. In the above statement the most obvious date is 31 December 2028, after which time construction will have finished or the statement will have become inaccurate. In either case the article should be updated to reflect this.

Sometimes the "As of" phrasing isn't ideal, and should be changed to produce good encyclopedic prose. It can be changed in either of two ways:

  • {{As of|since=y|2018|08|post=,}} the head of the congregation has been Rev. Ann O. Nymous, which gives: Since August 2018, the head of the congregation has been Rev. Ann O. Nymous
  • {{As of|alt=Beginning in early 2018|2018|01|post=,}} production of the series moved to Toronto, which gives: Beginning in early 2018, production of the series moved to Toronto

Avoid beginning a series of paragraphs or sentences with repeated instances of the wording "As of", as this can produce a distracting list-like effect. Both "As of" and "Since" can be made lower-case for use in mid-sentence, by addition of the |lc=y parameter, and any use of |alt=... can contain text beginning with lower case.

Using this template with values such as {{As of|now}} or variables such as {{As of|{{CURRENTYEAR}}}} is equivalent to using "currently", which is generally against the precise language guideline.

Syntax

The template can be used in the following forms:

{{As of|year}}
{{As of|year|month}}
{{As of|year|month|day}}

Please do not use {{As of|{{CURRENTYEAR}}|{{CURRENTMONTH}}}} or similar. That defeats the point of the template.

Several additional named parameters can also be used (see below).

Parameters

Required

  • year (first parameter) – must be in full numerical four-digit format (yyyy)

Optional

  • month (second parameter) – full, abbreviated or two-digit numerical formats supported (mm recommended, 01 indicating January, 02 February, etc., but also accepting Jan and January)
  • day (third parameter) – numerical two-digit format only, not included in link (dd)

Named

  • alt – optional; allows substitution of different wording and case for the visible text output (including the date). If present with no value defined, this parameter is ignored; if a value is defined, values for |df and |lc and |since parameters are ignored.
  • df – "date format", optional; allows use of American date format with |df=US.
  • lc – "lower case", optional; if given any value at all (e.g. |lc=y) gives lower case "as of date", for use mid-sentence.
  • since – optional; if given any value at all (e.g. |since=y) it changes "As of" to "Since". Use of |lc=y with |since=y gives "since date. Use of |alt= will replace the entire output, including the "Since", as it will with the default "As of".
  • pre – text to insert before the date, and after "[A|a]s of" or "[S|s]ince", e.g. |pre=the first week of used like this: {{asof|1997|pre=the first week of}} produces "As of the first week of 1997".
  • post – text (almost always punctuation) to insert between the date and the superscripted note that is displayed if
    1. the given date has arrived; or
    2. the user's common.css page uses any of .asof-tag, .asof-tag.ref, or .asof-tag.update to force display of the note (see Wikipedia:As of § Article maintenance).
    • For example,
      {{As of| 2018| 08| 20| post=,}} no more bears were found
      gives
      "As of 20 08 2018,[update] no more bears were found"
      (comma before the superscripted note)
    • while
      {{As of| 2018| 08| 20}}, no more bears were found
      produces the undesirable result (contrary to WP:REFPUNC) with regard to the location of the comma:
      "As of 20 08 2018[update], no more bears were found"
  • url – optional; adds an inline external link (hidden by default) suggesting a webpage for future editors to check for updates to the statement; use the full URL with no spaces. See Wikipedia:As of for displaying links.

Examples

{{As of|2018}} – As of 2018
{{As of|2018|08}} – As of August 2018
{{As of|2018|08|20}} – As of 20 August 2018
{{As of|2018|08|20|df=US}} – As of August 20, 2018
{{As of|2018|08|20|lc=y}} – as of 20 August 2018
{{As of|2010|4|1|alt=as of the [[2010 United States Census]]}} – as of the 2010 United States Census
{{As of|2018|08|url=https://en.wikipedia.org/}} returns:
for logged in users, with links displayed (see Wikipedia:As of) – As of August 2018[ref]
for all other users – As of August 2018
{{As of|2018|08|20|df=US|since=y}} – Since August 20, 2018
{{As of|2018|08|20|lc=y|since=y}} – since 20 August 2018

TemplateData

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TemplateData for As of

A template used to mark potentially dated statements, and will add an article to the appropriate hidden sub-category of Category:Articles containing potentially dated statements. This allows editors to catalogue statements that may become dated over time. It should not be used for future dates (use {{update after}} instead).

Template parameters

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Year1

The year the statement is valid to. Must be in full numerical format (yyyy)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Numberrequired
Month2

The month the statement is valid to. Full, abbreviated or numerical formats supported (mm recommended)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Lineoptional
Day3

The day the statement is valid to (not included in link). Numerical format only (dd)

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Numberoptional
Alternate wordingalt

Use different wording for the visible text output; if set, values for 'Date format' (df) and 'Lower case' (lc) parameters are ignored

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Lineoptional
Date formatdf

Set to US to use U.S. date format (mdy) (default is dmy)

Default
US
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Lineoptional
Lower caselc

Specify y to use lower case

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Lineoptional
Sincesince

Specify y to replace 'as of' with 'since'.

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Lineoptional
URLurl

A URL for an inline external link (hidden by default) suggesting a webpage for future editors to check for updates to the statement; use the full URL with no spaces

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Lineoptional
Prefixpre

prefix to be added before the date

Default
empty
Example
As of the first week of June 2015
Auto value
empty
Stringoptional
Postfixpost

Added after the date, usually punctuation

Default
empty
Example
empty
Auto value
empty
Unknownoptional

See also