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This template allows a contributor to modernize or standardize the orthography of an older text, in which nonstandard spellings might make reading or searching the text difficult for the reader.


When the text of a page using {{Modern}} is transcluded to a subpage titled /Modern the modernized spellings replace the originals. The parent page preserves the original orthography.


  1. Use {{Modern|old spelling|new spelling}} in the markup of the text's main page.
  2. Create a subpage titled /Modern with the exact title of the main text inserted after the colon in the markup {{:}} — this copies the original text onto the new page with the new spellings.
Two variables are used
  • The first is the word as spelt in the original text.
  • The second is the word with the standardized spelling.

Markup: Main Page

He has taken more care to give an edge to his {{Modern|satyr|satire}}.

Markup: Main Page/Modern

{{:Main Page}}

Display: Main Page

He has taken more care to give an edge to his satyr.

Display: Main Page/Modern

He has taken more care to give an edge to his satire.


You can use {{Modern}} to aid in relative linking within a work that has several subpages. For example, from Main Page, the markup [[/Preface|Preface]] will link to Main Page/Preface. However, the link on the transcluded page at Main Page/Modern will want to link to Main Page/Modern/Preface, which will be unhelpful. When using relative links on the main page, use the following markup:


The first variable contains the link from the main page to its /Preface subpage. The second variable links to Main Page/Preface/Modern via its parent (using two dots).

See also[edit]

  • {{s}} - {{s}} replaces the 'long s' character, ſ, with the standard lower case s on the subpage /Modern.
  • {{SIC}} - {{SIC|eror|error}} displays the correction on the main page for a typographical eror when the cursor hovers over the text; makes the correction on the subpage /Modern. (Do not confuse with {{sic}}.)