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 Phyllis Konstam (14 April 1907 – 20 August 1976) 
 was an English film actress.
 She was born in London and died in Somerset
 from a heart attack.

In markup, this can look like:

  Phyllis Konstam ([[born::14 April 1907]] – [[died::20 August 1976]]) 
  was an [[is from: England | English]] [[is a::film actress]].
  She was born in [[born in::London]] and died in [[died in::Somerset]] 
  from a [[died of::heart attack]].

Oh no! Look at all those strange symbols! Well, actually there are just a few (and there's a forms-based interface as well). Not only do you not have to add your subject to each of those categories, anyone can also re-use this information on other pages, for embedded queries and views, calculations, and so on.

  Born Died Died in Died of
Arnold Bush 3 April 1911 20 July 1996 Hertfordshire Dancing accident
Bob Herrelsmorm 9 April 1907 20 August 1976 London, UK Mysterious causes
Bob Newhart 1 June 1942
Christina Poulet 14 April 1907 20 August 1976 Somerset, UK Stage fright
Katherine Cardiff 11 April 1901 20 July 1996 London, UK Dancing accident
Paul Devonshire 10 October 1911 10 September 1986 Scotland, UK Polo accident

The above inline query is phrased as follows:

  {{ #ask: [[born::+]] <-- ask for all entities that have a born field
  |?born
  |?died
  |?died in <-- include these ?fields in the output
  |?died of
  }}

The query will always show the latest information; you'll see some entries created later in these pages. Fields or parameters can be added easily. You can view the source (edit) of any page to see how queries are composed.

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