Template talk:Taxobox colour

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Colour changes[edit]

After much discussion it has been agreed that changes need to be made to the colour scheme of taxoboxes. Your comments on this matter are welcomed here; the proposed new template can be viewed here.


Verisimilus T 20:26, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

{{editprotected}} Please replace the source code of this template with the source of Template:Taxobox colour/Update (which can be deleted after this request is fulfilled). Many thanks! Verisimilus T 11:15, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

I made the change. In a day or two, tag the other page with {{db-g7}} and it will be deleted. — Carl (CBM · talk) 15:18, 20 December 2007 (UTC)


Sorry, I put in the wrong hex code by the Excavates. I've also streamlined the code. Could you please replace the source code of this page with that of Template:Taxobox colour/Update? Thanks, and sorry to be a pain! Verisimilus T 16:11, 21 December 2007 (UTC)
Done. — Carl (CBM · talk) 17:12, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

update request[edit]

{{editprotected}} this edit seams to give some funny character ;"| on e.g. the shark page. It should be fixed, not sure exactely which to change though :-) --Stefan talk 09:35, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

It was fixed with this edit. The available regnum are in Template:Taxobox colour scheme. -- zzuuzz (talk) 09:55, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, to tricky for me to figure out :-) --Stefan talk 09:58, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

Fix for garbled title characters (;"|)[edit]

{{editprotected}} In Template:Taxobox_colour, the final line of the switch-coding (stating "transparent") causes the bizarre semicolon-quotemark combination. It could be replaced as just white-color (FCFCFC), followed by the category and another quotemark, as follows:

|FCFCFC"[[Category:Taxoboxes with an invalid color]]"}}

Although the invalid-color category might seem excessive, it has helped to detect animal articles that were vandalized to specify an incorrect "regnum" value. -Wikid77 (talk) 07:44, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

OK, fixed up, but there must be a span parameter that's recognised as text? Rich Farmbrough, 23:13, 29 August 2009 (UTC).
After this fix there was even more extraneous text (' style="background:#FCFCFC"";"| ') in the header, so I reverted. Can you create a test template that shows the desired effects? -- Eugène van der Pijll (talk) 10:11, 30 August 2009 (UTC)
  • I agree, I have created a next-generation template (see below). -Wikid77, 31Aug09

Replacing as next-generation template[edit]

31-Aug-09: {{editprotect}} I have re-designed it under User:Wikid77/Template:Taxobox_colour as a tested-template, which will insert a new "style=" after putting the category-name link. Based on template designs of 4 years, I've designed the newer template to also allow a non-wikilinked regnum (such as kingdom "Animalia" or "Plantae" w/o brackets) and other link forms (such as "[[Animal|Animalia]]" or "[[Plant|Plantae]]").

The plan is to replace the current template using the exact coding of the tested-template. No internal adjustments are needed, because the template's categories come from the doc subpage.

For final test, view Template_talk:Taxobox topic "Broken". -Wikid77 (talk) 07:49, 31 August 2009 (UTC) Tired that generates

incertae sedis
incertae sedis
style="background:#FCFCFC;" style="font-color:black"| Monkey

on the test cases page. Rich Farmbrough, 08:01, 31 August 2009 (UTC).

Garish green[edit]

This is quite trivial but given the nice muted beige colour for animals, the greenyellow colour for plants now seems rather vivid (/ garish). Would anyone object if I were to mute it a little, whilst retaining (or perhaps increasing) the distinction from the archaeoplastid's lightgreen? I was thinking something along the lines of #adee3f. Martin (Smith609 – Talk) 21:07, 9 June 2010 (UTC)


Currently, eggshells (indicated in the box below by the word "Ootaxa") haven't got their own color. Whatever color is chosen will be used exclusively in all {{oobox}}es. I have exceptional color vision and can detect contrast a lot easier than someone who might have color vision problems, so I'd prefer some input from others. Bob the WikipediaN (talkcontribs) 22:45, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

Animalia rgb(211,211,164)
Archaeplastida rgb(144,238,144) (palegreen2)
Fungi rgb(173,216,230) (lightblue)
Chromalveolata rgb(173,238,63)
Rhizaria rgb(225,204,252)
Excavata rgb(240,230,140) (khaki)
Amoebozoa rgb(255,200,160)
Bacteria rgb(211,211,211) (lightgray)
Archaea rgb(236,210,210)
Viruses rgb(238,130,238) (violet)
incertae sedis rgb(250,240,230) (linen)
Colours not produced by this template:
Ichnotaxa rgb(221, 165, 127)
Ootaxa rgb(255,192,203) (pink)
How about a reddish color? Crimsonraptor | (Contact me) Dumpster dive if you must 22:49, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
Like this? Bob the WikipediaN (talkcontribs) 23:19, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
Yeah...like that! Crimsonraptor | (Contact me) Dumpster dive if you must 23:25, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
But is it too close to the color for Archaea? Bob the WikipediaN (talkcontribs) 23:34, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
Maybe...perhaps #FF4040 in CSS? (Sorry for using the Wikia colors, but it's listed as brown1 on this chart) Crimsonraptor | (Contact me) Dumpster dive if you must 23:42, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
I fixed your suggestion to display the color you suggested. It's a little uncomfortable for reading since it's so dark. Maybe we should try a completely different shade. I'm thinking of exploring the indigos now... Bob the WikipediaN (talkcontribs) 23:47, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
Is this color too close to the Bacteria Rhizaria one? I think the already existing ones have already over-exhausted the possibilies...Rhizaria is so close to Bacteria, Archaea, and incertae sedis that I can hardly tell a difference... Bob the WikipediaN (talkcontribs) 23:59, 5 February 2011 (UTC)
How about something like this? Sort of a medium-saturation cyan. Rivertorch (talk) 06:02, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
It looks too close to Fungi on my screen....As much as I hate to propose it, I think we need to try a darker color. Does Plain text and hyperlink display clearly? Bob the WikipediaN (talkcontribs) 15:20, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
That's better. Text + link fine. Crimsonraptor | (Contact me) Dumpster dive if you must 15:21, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
I'd like to go back to Bob's first proposal; do we really need to worry about confusion between eggshell fossils and Archaea? Besides, the colors aren't that close. Archaea and incertae sedis are almost identical, though, and more likely to be confused. (It seems more likely that the same persons would look up Archaea and incertae sedis [which are probably understudied little eukaryotes] than Archaea and ootaxa.) Ucucha 22:11, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

Soooo...any word yet? Crimsonraptor | (Contact me) Dumpster dive if you must 13:08, 15 February 2011 (UTC)

I'll begin transitioning it to pink right now. Bob the WikipediaN (talkcontribs) 16:12, 15 February 2011 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done

In light of the luminosity increase[edit]

"Rhizaria is so close to Bacteria, Archaea, and incertae sedis that I can hardly tell a difference"....And suddenly it all makes sense-- those really bright colors on the taxa I mentioned above were probably all set back in the day when CRTs were used. CRTs naturally aren't anywhere nearly as bright, and therefore display the colors darker. Those are probably all easily distinguishable on a CRT, but on an LCD they're all too light to see due to the increase in luminosity. Or is it just me? I better request the participation of those WikiProjects... (done)

I'm making a motion to darken the colors of Rhizaria, Bacteria, and Archaea. Please comment. Bob the WikipediaN (talkcontribs) 15:48, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

Note that many of these colours are likely to be hard-coded in the taxoboxes, using the |colour= parameter (which is still widespread in these smaller taxa). They look easy enough to distinguish on my LCD, and I for one like a high contrast between background and text (the proposed pinkish egg colour above looks too dark for me). Martin (Smith609 – Talk) 17:26, 7 February 2011 (UTC)
I don't know, I'm using Windows 7 (fast-growing in many areas), and many of the colors seem lighter. I personally vote darker. Crimsonraptor | (Contact me) Dumpster dive if you must 22:16, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

Allow more non-linked arguments[edit]

Could the internal linking be made optional for some more of the arguments that this templates takes? The specific on I had a problem with was Rhizaria, but I see a few others that still require linking. Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 07:45, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

Now optional for Rhizaria. Martin (Smith609 – Talk) 14:46, 14 June 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! --Auntof6 (talk) 20:22, 14 June 2011 (UTC)