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The famous Vauban was dead before 1739. Which Vauban (a son?) is intended here?--Wetman (talk) 00:01, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
Genius from beyond the grave indeed. It's from Rolt and he definitely says Vauban (no forename, no initials, no qualifier) and I then just wikilinked without thinking as I knew him from La Nouvelle branch - never a wise thing to do! I'll remove the name for now and double check when I get home just in case I mistyped the date or something equally dim. Cheers, Nancytalk 11:05, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
Rolt says "There were plans for high and low level aqueducts, the first coming from Vauban in 1739" (page 131 of the 1994 paperback edition). As the Vauban was long since dead and Rolt does not indicate who the 1739 one was I think it probably better to leave it out of the article all together - it's only really worth a name check if it was the Vauban so not the end of the world. Thanks for realising the error. Kind regards Nancytalk 18:48, 4 February 2009 (UTC)
The map in the article could be improved. It is not obvious that the item labelled "Fonserannes Lock" is in fact a staircase of six chambers, nor that the red triangle is an inclined plane. Maproom (talk) 09:42, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
It's a case of trying to stop the template being so wide that it takes over the page but I can see where you're coming from. On the plus side the route map does have a Legend link which explains the symbols and also a wikilink to Fonserannes Lock so all the info is but a click away. Nancytalk 10:15, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
You're right about the 'legend' link, I should have spotted that.
I would try to help with the template myself, but I haven't been able to figure out how to get at it.
I see wikipedia has an article called Fonserannes Lock, which seems wrong to me. The French may call it "une écluse", but to me it is definitely not a lock, it is a staircase of six (formerly eight) locks. I have never come across anyone calling Bingley Five-rise, say, a lock. I propose changing the Fonserannes article accordingly. Maproom (talk) 14:17, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
(this bit should really be at Talk:Fonserannes Lock but what the hell) I don't endorse a move. The authoritative English language sources, including Rolt (which is probably the definitive English language source) call it Fonserannes Lock, not "Locks" and not "Staircase". Nancytalk 16:25, 12 February 2009 (UTC)
I won't change or move the Fonserannes Lock article: it makes it clear that it is in fact a staircase.
I have changed the template, partly for the fun of experimenting with a template, something I had never managed before. Please undo anything you don't like. I have taken care not to make it wider.Maproom (talk) 18:31, 12 February 2009 (UTC)