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Template:I18n/Language Navigation Bar

This page offers examples of formatting code for common tasks

Deciding where to create your page

Many people choose to draft a page on their own Talk page, then move the result to the desired site. Sometimes there is a good reason for preferring to do it in the final location. If that is the case, consider using before your content {{Construction}} which will display

Under construction.png
Under Construction
This is a new page, currently under construction!

Do not add an i18n language bar

{{Template:I18n/Language Navigation Bar|Toolbox}}

New pages should not have this language bar. It related to the old style of translation and will not work with page translation extension.

Add an introductory screenshot and description

Whenever possible we begin an application's top-level page with this. The code to achieve it is

{|style="text-align:center" cellpadding="2"
|[[Image:YourScreenshot.png|250px|thumb||'''Your descriptive text'''

Format your text

Use Headings

Headings automatically form part of your Table of Contents, so need to be structured. Their place in the tree is governed by multiple '=' characters at each end of the heading. Avoid using a single one - that denotes a page heading, and the automatic page heading should be used. Your major headings will use '==text goes here==', the next level, '===more text===' and so on.

Use bold and italic

Blips are used to specify bold and italic words.
Use '''bold text''' to specify bold text and
''italic text'' to specify italic text.
In order to ensure we get easy and accurate translations, please adhere to the typographical guidelines.

Add a code snippet

Simply adding a space at the beginning of the line displays your text in a fixed font, so 'this snippet of code' becomes
this snippet of code
If it needs to stand out more, you can enclose it in a box:
this snippet of code
However, you lose the clarity that the change of font gives. This method may be more useful for extended snippets, of several lines, rather than short ones. The decision should be based on what is aesthetically pleasing in the context of the rest of your page layout.

Add indents

':' is used for an indent, and can be used in multiples. A single ':' indents by two characters.

Lists, numbered and bulleted

* is the symbol to use for bulletted lists. ** gives a second level:
 ::* One star
 ::* Next point
 ::** Sub-point
 ::* Third point
  • One star
  • Next point
    • Sub-point
  • Third point
Numbered lists are produced in the same way, using '#'.

 ::# A single hash
 ::# Second point
 ::## A sub-point
 ::# Third point
  1. A single hash
  2. Second point
    1. A sub-point
  3. Third point
This is less useful than the bulletted list.

Add a link

There are two kinds of links to learn, internal ones, to another userbase page, and external URL links.

For an internal link the format [[PageLayout]], where you want to display the name of the page, does work, but it is not ideal. It is better to use the form [[PageLayout|Page Layout]], as it avoids problems at the translator stage. You often need to include the link in a sentence, so in that case you would use

[[PageLayout|this page]]

which displays

this page

External links are slightly different so

[ our road map]


our road map which would take you straight to the techbase page.

One last thing to note - when you preview your page, the links are live. This gives you two benefits. You can check (by hovering) that your links are set up as you expected, and you can use a red link to create a new page.

Illustrate your text

Add a single image, centered

Note that you can change the position of the image, but the default is left. The size of the image depends on the circumstances, but for screenshots I recommend no less than 250px and no more than 500px.

Make the image clickable, and add a caption

Where you need to show more detail, create a moderately sized image, clickable, so that the full-size can be seen. Simply add the parameter '|thumb' within the image parentheses.
A caption can also be added as a parameter, but will only show if '|thumb' is present.

Use tables to precisely place multiple images

{|style="width:500px" cellpadding="2" |[[Image:Desktop-config-customized.png|230px|center]]||[[Image:Desktop-settings-rightclick.png|230px|center]] |- |[[Image:Desktop-theme-details-dialog.png|230px|center]]||[[Image:Plasma-multiple-themes.png|230px|center]] |}

Note that all the parameters for one image are contained within [[...]], and cells are separated by '||'. To start a new line, insert '|-'

Add Notes and Warnings

Where a note or warning is relevant within your text, use a table, like these:

::{|cellpadding="2" |[[Image:Im-status-message-edit.png]]||'''Note'''||Some important information |}
Im-status-message-edit.png Note Some important information
::{| |[[Image:help-hint.png]]||'''Tip'''||Something useful to remember |}

Help-hint.png Tip Something useful to remember

::{| |[[Image:dialog-warning.png|32px]]||'''Warning'''||This is dangerous |}
Dialog-warning.png Warning This is dangerous

Where a note or warning is important enough to need to stand out strongly there are two useful templates, Info and Warning. Use

{{info|This is another way to display your information}}

This is another way to display your information


{{warning|This is a very dangerous thing to do}}

This is a very dangerous thing to do

Note that the size of the boxes for these two templates are fixed - you cannot alter them.

KDE3 and KDE SC 4 versions of applications

By default, KDE SC 4 is assumed. If the KDE SC 4 version is not yet ready for release it may be necessary to document the KDE3 version. In this case you should add an icon {{KDE3}} which displays Kde3-button.png. Should you be writing about a KDE3 version and KDE SC 4 version on the same page, use icons for both - {{KDE4}} which displays Kde4-button.png

Useful Templates

Community Applications

The final consideration concerns those applications which are not distributed as core KDE applications. These need to be indicated by an icon, placing {{Community-app}}

 Dialog-information.pngSee footnote

at the end of your sentence or line, just as you would to denote a footnote in general writing. You then need to add {{Community-app-footnote}} which will create a footnote, like this:

Dialog-information.pngSupport for this application can be found from the project's home page

Making major edits to Existing Pages

If a page is likely to be open for editing for some time there is a danger of conflicts - someone else may edit at the same time, and saving your edit will cancel out theirs, or vice versa. The way to avoid that is to make a temporary entry, directly under the language bar, using {{Being_Edited}} which will display

Being edited.png
Currently Being Edited
This page is currently being edited.
If this notice persists for an unreasonable time, please either notify #kde-www or report on Annew's Talk page

Note: Pages should not normally be marked for translation while they are being actively worked on

Don't forget to remove it when you have finished!

Adding a new complex page

If you need to be able to work on a page for quite some time, over several days, for instance, you may like to use the Construction template - {{Construction}}, which displays

Under construction.png
Under Construction
This is a new page, currently under construction!

Adding a List of Sub-Pages

== Subpages of {{FULLPAGENAME}} ==

is very useful when you want to list subpages with active links, such as

Subpages of Toolbox

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