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TemplateData presentation in fields with many aliases
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In some of the citation templates on en-wikipedia some fields have a great many parameters. For example cite-book has

	"last": {
			"label": "Last name",
			"description": "The surname of the author; don't wikilink, use 'authorlink'; can suffix with a numeral to add additional authors",
			"aliases": [
			"suggested": true,
			"type": "string"
	"work": {
			"label": "Work",
			"description": "Name of the work in which the cited book text is found",
			"type": "string",
			"aliases": [

Problems occur when the documentation page is viewed. In the width of the parameters column is very wide making the table overflow the page width. This problems as been raised at

Here's a screenshot where the actual parameter name cannot even be seen while editing the TemplateData. Note the parameter between "Original year" and "Editor first name":

Screenshot 2021-07-05 at 11-35-46 Editing Template Cite encyclopedia doc - Wikipedia.png (1×1 px, 182 KB)

This might be cured with an appropriate bit of css.

A bigger problem is how these appear from within VisualEditor. We can see the list of aliases overflow the space in the citation dialog.

cite book screenshot.png (466×687 px, 106 KB)

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It seems like this particular problem would be resolved by displaying the aliases vertically in a list, rather than concatenating them horizontally. I do not know if that would have negative side effects somewhere else, however.

I don't know why the alias list apparently makes the table overflow the page, since the list wraps just fine, sometimes even in the middle of an alias name.

I would guess it would be just as easy for each of the code blocks to have a space between each of them; the HTML presently generated is <code>X</code><code>Y</code><code>Z</code> whereas it should probably be <code>X</code> <code>Y</code> <code>Z</code>. That would probably be enough.

For wrapping, the browser probably can't find a good line break spot so it takes the - present in most parameter names.

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