Template talk:Sbs

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Problem with this template: It creates a bunch of tables, one for each paragraph. It would be better to use a single table. This is why I didn't use it on Expelled:Leader's Guide Nx (talk) 18:21, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

It has the advantage, however, that one can use it to break a side-by-side article into different sections. Mjollnir.svgListenerXTalkerX 18:24, 13 August 2009 (UTC)
I was going to make the same point but checking the Expelled:Leader's Guide the same thing can be done. The advantage of this template is that you can edit just one "cell" at a time. Redchuck.gif ГенгисRationalWiki GOLD member 18:28, 13 August 2009 (UTC)
You can edit a single cell at a time on the leader's guide too. I was thinking something like this:
{{sbs start}}
{{sbs title|1=Wrong person's essay|2=RationalWiki pwns}}
{{sbs row|1=Wrong stuff goes here|2=Pwning goes here}}
{{sbs end}}

or something like that. Nx (talk) 18:32, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Thing is, it's nice & simple. Adding bits makes it complicated for people who can't/don't_want to get into the intricacies of wikisyntax. I thought much the same as Nx, but decided to leave it alone. KISS I am eating Toast& honeychat 18:46, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

The reason each section is its own table is so when editing a section, the preview parses correctly and all the "code" is in the edit box. I don't see why it would be better or worse to have one or lots of tables on a page? They're almost free, right? ħumanUser talk:Human 20:17, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Oh, and also - and more importantly - it lets you see what you are responding to while editing a section. I don't think the ELG lets you do that. ħumanUser talk:Human 20:19, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

I didn't think of that. It's possible to create sections like that inside a table, but that's starting to be really complicated and ugly. As for speed, I honestly don't know. A single large table isn't good because the whole thing has to be loaded before being displayed (though modern browsers do progressive rendering if the width is specified), on the other hand every table carries a small overhead. Anyway, I doubt the speed difference is significant, if there is any, we don't live in the 90's any more. -- Nx / talk 20:33, 15 August 2009 (UTC)


I've been slightly naughty/lazy and used this to put the see also sections of some of the longer articles into multiple columns: http://rationalwiki.com/wiki/Conservapedia#See_also. While this probably won't affect anything you want to change, it has added the "sbs" category to these articles, which I've only just noticed. Should these just be switched to normal tables or is there a better template that I'm not aware of? Scarlet A.pngd hominem 18:39, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Template:reflist User:Nx/sandbox Nx (talk) 18:45, 13 August 2009 (UTC)
Doesn't that only work for tagged "ref"s? Armon. Said they used it for "See also" lists. Armon., one thing you could do is copy the template to a new name and remove the cat, then fix the places you used it. ħumanUser talk:Human 20:16, 13 August 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the thingie. Shall we make that a template? Seealsolist or some such? ħumanUser talk:Human 04:49, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
Done: see: Template:Columns. I am eating Toast& honeychat 13:35, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
It only gets catted as a side-by-side when you use the title now. Feel free to use the sbs one as much as you like. - π 04:56, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
What's "the title"? ħumanUser talk:Human 05:11, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
Template:sbs-title. - π 05:20, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
Ah, ok, I understand now, that makes sense. ħumanUser talk:Human 18:25, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

<nowiki>=</nowiki> vs. {{sbs|1=x = y|2=x = z}}[edit]

The latter is not easier to use without a better explanation of what those fields mean and where the texty parts go. Nutty Rouxnever mind 18:53, 16 June 2011 (UTC)

See Help:Templates#Variables -- Nx / talk 18:58, 16 June 2011 (UTC)