Template talk:Subject bar

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Simplification of the table layout[edit]

Headbomb: I just saw your latest edit, and although it cleans up the code, it makes it a lot harder to make the structure dynamic when coding it as a template. For example, as a test I used only 1 portal, 1 book, and 1 sister project. The result was a very spread-out and unattractive table. The approach that I had used first allowed for that kind of flexibility. With each item wrapped up in a small, floating, embedded table, items could be added without having to keep count of columns or worry about spacing. If the lines got too long, they would wrap to a new line.

Because of this severely reduced flexibility, I am reverting the edit. Your code will still be available in the history, should we decide to revive it and find ways to improve upon it. (In fact, I will revisit my code and see if I can simplify a few things based on one of your changes.) If your concern simply involves the spacing between list items or between the icons and their links, we can probably handle that the "padding" property. – VisionHolder « talk » 23:13, 1 February 2011 (UTC)


I like the idea of not having the floating portal boxes. But really even better would be to have every thing left justified and able to be put in a list (don't care one way or the other if we use icons or text).TCO (talk) 04:55, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

I know that the biggest issue with this template is that it's seen as mixing internal and external links. Honestly, though, I see portals, books, and sister projects all as internal links—part of Wikimedia. (I also see them as distinct from traditional "See also" links. Thus setting them aside at the bottom of the page with the equally inappropriately placed nav templates makes sense to me.) To me, the concept of an "external link" means something outside of Wikimedia, not just a simple domain name change. If our logins cross those boundaries, they are not "external." Otherwise, simply using the traditional definitions, I agree that lists are the only way to properly display this information without messing up the page formatting and/or going against WP:MOS. My only concerns are that it may create a lot of whitespace near the end of each article and encourage the unnecessary expansion of external links if the sister projects are the only reason for the creation of such a section. The same goes for a "See also" section for internal links. – VisionHolder « talk » 05:14, 1 July 2011 (UTC)

Nice ![edit]

Pretty job !

--Nnemo (talk) 19:34, 5 October 2011 (UTC)

Thanks. Glad you like it. – VisionHolder « talk » 01:39, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Not always a good idea[edit]

Its use in this article is just toooo much. -- Alan Liefting (talk - contribs) 07:11, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

Spoken Wikipedia[edit]

Would it be possible to incorporate support for the spoken Wikipedia? Currently the spoken template looks like this:

Hawkeye7 (talk) 19:08, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

I don't see a reason why not. However, the code behind the template has changed significantly since I created it. Maybe Mr. Stradivarius can help. – Maky « talk » 19:50, 9 February 2015 (UTC)
Meh. Did it myself. If they don't like the look they can tweak it. Hawkeye7 (talk) 10:54, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
The article Attack on Pearl Harbor currently has two spoken files. Is it possible to reference multiple files? Thanks MisterBee1966 (talk) 09:24, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
Not currently. I am going to have a go at updating in so we can. Hawkeye7 (talk) 22:09, 13 July 2015 (UTC)

Position in page[edit]

By WP:LAYOUTEL I have concluded that this bar should be positioned directly above any navboxes. Added this to the /doc. -DePiep (talk) 09:11, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

A wonderful way to organise the links! I must have missed for years. -DePiep (talk) 09:12, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. I saw something like it on another language wiki and found a way to adapt it. At first, people wanted to get rid of, but I'm glad it's managed to stick around and grow on people. – Maky « talk » 09:54, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
I concur; well done Maky! I just stumbled across the template and this way of organising sister projects is great when main body text is lacking (e.g. empty external links sections) to "support" separate floating sidebars. --HyperGaruda (talk) 21:39, 2 January 2017 (UTC)


I'm not sure how to go about it, but would Wikidata be able to be added to this template? Graham (talk) 04:52, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

I think I figured out how to add it. Graham (talk) 23:13, 31 December 2015 (UTC)