Template talk:CommunityMeetingAgenda

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I’m tired of retyping the community meeting agenda headings every week. Consequently I’ve created a template for the agenda headings, but it’s just a draft right now. My concerns about using the template include:

  • If the template changes, all agenda pages that used the template would change as well. This would likely cause problems with the details saved on each week's agenda page.
  • I know there's a way to get around this issue, but I don't remember what that is.
  • I'd also like to make the agenda page a little more friendly. Not just text. Maybe add some color, etc. Suggestions are most welcome.
  • Not sure about the category for the template. Any ideas?
  • This is an invitation for anyone to edit the template and add the documentation for usage.

--Fran 17:40, 24 February 2010 (UTC)

Steve replied to the above e-mail with:

There is an easy answer. Now that you have created the template {{CommunityMeetingAgenda}} create a new page by using the code {{subst:CommunityMeetingAgenda}}. This will result in the template being copied into the new page so that it can be edited. See http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Templates#Usage ....Steve

I replied with:

Fran, I presume that this takes care of what you are looking for . . . at least for the first two items. If colors are added, I would really suggest doing this by images instead of boxes. Although the colored boxes are pretty, they do not match the color scheme of the Wiki and more importantly require the person adding the text to go into Wikitext. For the most contributors, I believe they are non-technical and going into Wikitext would be way too complicated if they are just starting. So, my suggestion about my to use images or I suppose text colors may be okay too. If the subst works for you, it would insert the category that the other agendas have. I will be glad to add the documentation after I hear back from you concerning if the subst is a workable solution for you. Thomas

I look forward to more information. Thomas_Lerman 20:39, 24 February 2010 (UTC)