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Languages and Templates

On languages and templates : our main page has been translated in relevant languages. But when we add a English template in it, how can we translate it and/or organize ourselves so that each time a template is made, the translation in every concerned language is taken into account ? Is there any preliminary work with the Decuria Interpretatum ?
P. Memmius Albucius 21:17, 23 Sept. 2007 (Rome time) ex. : "Current Events Shortlist" template.

Yes, however it is up to the content maintainers to tag items for translation. Agricola 08:09, 25 September 2007 (CEST)

I suggest we make a policy that the language bar always be the very first item on the page. After all, a chage in language should change ALL the content, but placing content above the language bar seems to imply the the above-the-bar content will be immune from change. M. Lucretius Agricola 10:29, 9 April 2006 (CDT)

Alternatively, and after looking at how Wikipedia (except the English edition) deals with languages (cf. German Wikipedia, Spanish Wikipedia, etc.), we could put the languages option as a box on the left hand side column, under navigation, search and toolbox. But see my considerations about the language bar too. A. Gratius Avitus 17:58, 4 July 2006 (CDT)
Update: The Current Events Shortlist template now uses our new globalization functions. This means that all translations should be added to that template only. Individual single-language templates are now obsolete. It is also important that items that might recur are not removed from the template. Let's save work in the future and just "comment out" items that we don't want to display. Agricola 13:23, 13 January 2008 (CET)


Could we add a link to V Conventus Novae Romae in the "Current Events" box to encourage people to come? Cordus 12:02, 27 April 2006 (CDT)

Sure; you're an admin, you can just go ahead and do it. The template used for this on the main page is Template:Current Events Shortlist. Marcus Octavius Germanicus(t) 14:09, 27 April 2006 (CDT)

Banners and colors

Do we really need a  gold logo on a red background  and  a pair of white logos on a blue background ? The blue banner is nicely done, I admit, but it is a, well, disorganized color scheme, and banners are so 1990s. Agricola 21:29, 20 September 2006 (CDT)

This is gonna sound weird after my squawk about the Red Portals, but...I miss the red on the Main Page. It warmed it up some. Also, the gold in the box-headers is not the same as the gold in the big banner; it looks greenish. The banner-gold is nicer.
As to the disorganized scheme...if the lettering on all headers (red and blue) were gold, that'd pull it together quite nicely! (Sez Marius, who was a printer and a graphic designer in a previous life) -- Marius Peregrinus 20:51, 1 March 2007 (CET)
I think we should consider this a transitional state; what we want to do is get away from the "default mediawiki installation except the background is different" look.
What I'd like to do, in the absence of any better suggestion, is mimic the look of the new Album Civium, where the blue banner spans the top of every page, and the page is entirely slightly-yellowed-paper below it. Wiki links (article, discussion, edit) would be banished to the bottom, and the sidebar would be either dismembered or put on the right.

Marcus Octavius Gracchus(t) 23:26, 1 March 2007 (CET)

RGB colorspace can"t really do gold (or any metallic because they require reflectivity). I would like a lighter blue, myself, BTW. Now the banner is built from HTML/CSS and a linked stylesheet. For convenience I would move all the CSS inline, but the linking is really the way to go. The long-term goal has to be giving the users choice of several functioning stylesheets. Now lets just get something sensible and build up from there. Agricola 01:42, 2 March 2007 (CET)

Proposed minor changes

I propose to tidy the main page up a little by:

  • removing the quotation-marks from around the nundinal letter on the first line of the 'calendar' box;
  • removing the large blank spaces above and below the various boxes on the page.

Any objections?

- Cordus 19:39, 11 September 2007 (CEST)

Seems a lot of the space was coming from an extra blank line in a template. I fixed that and for the rest, I say "have at it". Agricola 02:25, 13 September 2007 (CEST)

Letters in the banner


the letters of the banner are cut at top


Complutensis 20:50, 15 January 2008 (CET)

That was an IE only thing, I think. How is it now? Agricola 07:34, 16 January 2008 (CET)
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