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Horizontal timelines - needs curly bracket genius[edit]

The original thread got archived - due to a reply but no resolution has yet been reached Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Templates/Archive_2#Template_horizontal_timelines So just bumping this back to the main page (presuming it's not good to 'unarchive' threads). EdwardLane (talk) 12:14, 12 June 2015 (UTC)

What is the problem with it? Alakzi (talk) 12:58, 12 June 2015 (UTC)
I've only really got my head around it a bit - basically there are two horizontal bars in the 'horizontal timelines' with start/end dates for the various geological eras and periods - but its clear that both the horizontal bars are not lined up - they are either offset or to a different scale or something. I *think* the solution is probably to fix the template template:geological periods using the techniques from the template template:geological eras. for example 'The Cenozoic is divided into three periods: The Paleogene, Neogene, and Quaternary;' but those are not lined up.
You appear to be right: the Mesozoic should similarly line up with the Triassic/Jurassic/Cretaceous. --Redrose64 (talk) 08:32, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
One thing that certainly breaks it is if the {{Horizontal timeline}} is not hard left at the start of a line. --Redrose64 (talk) 08:34, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
OK I don't understand exactly what you mean there - but I am happy to accept that, I also note that template:geological periods should perhaps be based on Template:Simple_Horizontal_timeline instead ??EdwardLane (talk) 01:06, 14 July 2015 (UTC)
@EdwardLane: "Hard left" means that the construct (in this case the {{Horizontal timeline}} template) must not just be the first item on the line, it must be up against the left-hand edge of the edit box with no spacing, indentation or anything else before it on the same line. Several constructs (mostly box-type templates) will give undesirable results - or even break the page layout - if they are not placed hard left. --Redrose64 (talk) 11:32, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Proposal to allow redlinks in navboxes[edit]

Please see Wikipedia talk:Red link#Guideline revision urgently needed. --Rob Sinden (talk) 12:59, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

Numerical integration[edit]

I was wondering if numerical integration were possible with template coding, or would this pose an excessive load (or break the complexity limit), and instead be done in LUA? (or is this too much for LUA as well?) -- (talk) 06:45, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

Bug somewhere here may be able to resolve[edit]

Interview for The Signpost[edit]

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This is now published. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:02, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

It has been proposed that {{Series overview}}, a template within the scope of this project, should be moved. The discussion is at Template talk:Series overview#Requested move 27 July 2015. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 14:10, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Different templates on desktop/mobile[edit]

Do you guys know if there is anyway to have a template tell if you're on a desktop or on a mobile phone? I'd like to something that could do this for desktop without ruining the mobile viewer:


-- CFCF 🍌 (email) 10:16, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Templates and categories[edit]

I use wp:Hotcat when I do categorization work on Wikipedia. Unfortunately categories of templates cannot be altered using HOTCAT, and the results are poorly sorted categories that include templates.

See for example: Category:Wikipedia administrator statistics. Ottawahitech (talk) 21:10, 17 August 2015 (UTC)


template:Identity, a utility template for template safety, is up for deletion -- (talk) 05:27, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

Merger help request[edit]

So I've been going through some of the Holding cell templates, and I came across {{infobox UK ward}}, which seemed like a fairly straightforward merge. I made what I thought was a fix at {{infobox UK ward/sandbox}} (convert to the {{infobox UK place}} code and later subst: it through), but some of the code isn't merging. Could use advice at the talk page.

Cheers, Primefac (talk) 03:18, 7 October 2015 (UTC)