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New Portal: Embedded or Hardware (02/2020)

Suggestion: Dedicated portal for articles relating to embedded/hardware topics (which would be in line with numerous threads on the forum, as well as existing articles on the wiki). - Hooray (talk) 11:59, 17 February 2020 (EST)

That is slightly less complicated than you might think. What you would do is to create a new page with the prefix Portal: and a suitable name, say for example Portal:Hardware development, Portal:Cockpit hardware or Portal:DIY cockpit hardware, or maybe Portal:Hardware if you would also like to see commercial hardware there, and then copy and modify the content from a similar portal.
Hint: There is actually not a portal namespace, it is just a prefix. The portal pages are actually in the main namespaces, and thus function just like any other article page on the wiki.
Johan G (Talk | contribs) 13:35, 10 March 2020 (EDT)
Though I think your Portal:Embedded might be more diffuse than Portal:Hardware for people that do not know what embedded software This is a link to a Wikipedia article is, I have still added it to the main page and added Category:Portals to it. It will get more use if people can find it. :-P
Johan G (Talk | contribs) 04:16, 14 March 2020 (EDT)

Use as few categories as possible

Always use as few categories as possible. Categories are a place in a structure rather than tags. Putting each page in a lot of categories will put a lot of of pages in each category. There is in particular no need to put a page in both a category and then in each category above that category.

Please see advice in Help:Your first article#Categories and maybe also Help:categories.

Johan G (Talk | contribs) 13:04, 15 March 2020 (EDT)

Meta template and templates for commonly used logotypes and icons

Through a placeholder page (ugh!) and a edit summary Hooray suggested making a template for commonly used logotypes.

Cquote1.png placeholder/stub for all sorts of wiki related logos that may need to be updated over time, but that are referenced on multiple pages - so that we don't need to edit each and every page here.
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Cquote1.png @Johan: could use your help with this, unless I can write the heuristics in Php or JavaScript ;-)
— Hooray, 11 April 2020‎, 08:04
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I would guess you also intend it to be used for icons as well, for example the ready icons? Logotype/icon templates might not be a bad idea. Less typing is almost always good.

{{logo}} should probably be a meta template, a template used by other templates in this case by logotype templates. Meta templates are pretty common on MediaWiki wikis.

Essentially, there could be a set of logotype and icon templates, for example {{Compositor logo}}, {{FGInterface logo}}, {{Air refueling ready icon}} etc, that pass the image for the logotype, an alt text (for accessibility and when the image is not shown, for example due to browser settings) and a link to a relevant wiki page to {{logo}}. Possibly also optional parameters like other sizes etc. The meta template would then add the boilerplate stuff around that and set the size.

I would advise that having a suffix indicating the type of template, for example logo, icon like mentioned above or navigation (for navigation boxes), in essence having less ambiguous names, is generally a good idea.

I should mention that I am generally against placeholder pages.

Johan G (Talk | contribs) 06:44, 12 April 2020 (EDT)