Help:Templates

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A template is a pre-set piece of text that can be added to a page without having to retype the same text over and over again. This presents an advantage as you only have to change the text on one page and the change will be reflected on every page that contains the template.

Example[edit]

The template {{Flood}} as shown below can be added to every single page that talks about the Flood. This allows the user to jump to other Flood Forms and if another Flood form is discovered then only one file, the Flood template file, needs to be edited.

More Uses[edit]

Templates also have other uses; creating awards that are given to exceptional users, welcoming a user to the community, or sorting information in an article.

When editors come across this page, they should try to fix the article and look for grammar errors. After the person who placed the template is satisfied that the article has been cleaned up, then the line of code will be removed.

To Insert a Template[edit]

To insert a template, all templates are displayed on this page. The code that inserts a template into an article is always between double curly brackets: {{Insert Template Name Here}}. Example: {{Flood}}

Creating a Template[edit]

If you feel a need for a template and want to create your own to add to pages then you can create your own. First search that your idea for a template doesn't already exist. Then type "Template:Template Name Here into the search box. The Search should come up empty with an option to create your own article with the search phrase. Create the Template, save and then add the template by using instructions above.

Editing a Template[edit]

Before you edit a template be wary of your changes as they will be reflected across many, in the some case dozens of pages. To edit a Template you just type in the search box "Template:Template Name Here". For example, to edit the Flood Template, type "Template:Flood" in the search box.

Advanced Templates[edit]

Templates can also be custom built for each page that they're used. A good example is a template where every time a template is used, it adds who added it, when, and why. A template can do this by asking for those three "parameters" or values from the template.

Make your own[edit]

You can get your template to ask for information simply by adding this code {{{1}}} in your template. By adding the {{{1}}} the template knows to put whatever is passed first in place of the {{{1}}}. To add other values/variables/parameters just increase the number, i.e. {{{2}}} {{{3}}.

Here is some of the code from an outdated template. See how the {{{#}}}'s are placed where the parameters are supposed to go:

''"Our Prophets are false! Open your eyes, my brothers! 
They would use the faith of our forefathers to bring ruin 
to us all!"''

On {{{1}}} {{{2}}} had issues with this article, '''{{PAGENAME}}'''.  
This article contains '''disputed content''' and may be fanfiction 
or a non-canon hoax.

'''{{{3}}}'''

Please add where this subject is mentioned in the 
Halo Universe and add references using the below format:

Naming the Parameters[edit]

You can take this a step further by instead of using a number you name the variable. A good example of a template that uses this method is the Infobox xbox live settings template:

For the "Infobox xbox live settings" template you insert this code and then fill in the appropriate data.

{{Infobox xbox live settings
|name =
|image =
|caption =
|ranked =
|minimumPlayers =
|maximumPlayers =
|teamCount =
|maximumTeamImbalance =
|minimumPartySize =
|maximumPartySize =
|bigPartyRestrictions =
|minimumBigPartySize =
|maximumBigPartySize =
|bigPartyImbalance =
}}

Sample[edit]

Here is a sample using the game type called "Team Snipers". So first we add the code and the values like this:

{{Infobox xbox live settings
|name = Team Snipers Xbox Live Settings
|image =
|caption =
|ranked = Yes
|minimumPlayers = 6
|maximumPlayers = 8
|teamCount = 2
|maximumTeamImbalance = -
|minimumPartySize = 1
|maximumPartySize = 4
|bigPartyRestrictions = Yes
|minimumBigPartySize = 3
|maximumBigPartySize = 4
|bigPartyImbalance = 0
}}

Then when we save the page it displays this:

Team Snipers Xbox Live Settings

Ranked: Yes
Minimum Players: 6
Maximum Players: 8
Team Count: 2
Maximum Team Imbalance: -
Minimum Party Size: 1
Maximum Party Size: 4
Big Party Restrictions: Yes
Minimum Big Party Size: 3
Maximum Big Party Size: 4
Big Party Imbalance: 0

See also[edit]

List of Help pages on Halopedia