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Not very helpful[]

Tables are the biggest problem for mobile and this help page gives almost no useful help. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 6 Mar 2015 3:59 AM Pacific

Working out how to get wikias working smoothly across platforms is certainly an on-going project - we'll endeavour to keep updating it over time to cover more areas, including more detail on tables. Unfortunately, some areas are simply more difficult to solve than others. Kirkburn  talk  contr    15:16, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

Preview Message[]

Is the preview message at the top temporary measure? Because it's incredibly intrusive for anyone who isn't all that concerned with mobile previews or comparability. Lily Ford (talk) 16:36, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

Since 2015 is Wikia's Mobile awareness year, I guess it's here to stay. --Tupka217 17:06, March 6, 2015 (UTC)
Well, that's utterly annoying T_T. Lily Ford (talk) 18:40, March 6, 2015 (UTC)
Annoying, but not too difficult to adapt to. --Tupka217 18:43, March 6, 2015 (UTC)
We're looking to tone it down in a future release, likely making it dismissable. We recognise it could get annoying for heavier editors :) Kirkburn  talk  contr    19:14, March 6, 2015 (UTC)

Row of images, tables, templates[]

I figured out a way to create a wrappable row of images, tables, and/or templates. It works with rows of images of varying widths too. Galleries can not do that. They can only be set to one image width for all the images in a particular gallery.

See: mw:Help:Images and the section currently titled "Row of images that will wrap to browser width". This method works for wrapping rows of tables too. Or rows with both images and tables. Templates can be thrown in too. I have tables I reuse on multiple pages, for example.

It also does not interfere with a right sidebar of images. I have tested all of this on my Wikia wiki.

Horizontal rows of images, tables, and/or templates look great on wide screens, but can cause problems on narrower screens unless they wrap to the browser width. This method seems to solve the problem for the most part. --Timeshifter (talk) 11:21, June 1, 2015 (UTC)


Why does this page say Flags is "recommended" if it's in early development and hasn't even been announced yet? -452 00:20, June 30, 2015 (UTC)

Fair point - we've updated the text to reflect the current status. Kirkburn  talk  contr    16:35, July 6, 2015 (UTC)

PortableInfoboxes? What about InfoboxBuilder?[]

I think there are too many ways to create infoboxes. For one, there is the infobox template on the starter wiki, which I guess should not be used anymore. When Scribunto was added, InfoboxBuilder was created to make it possible to create infoboxes using Scribunto modules. Now, we're being told to use PortableInfoboxes so that our infoboxes work on mobile devices…

I think it makes sense to deprecate the starter infobox template and to recommend using PortableInfoboxes for simple infoboxes and InfoboxBuilder for more complicated infoboxes. For now, I use InfoboxBuilder because what I need to do is clearly not possible with the PortableInfoboxes. However, I'd like to know if InfoboxBuilder currently works as well as PortableInfoboxes on mobile devices, and, if not, whether it will be updated to work properly on mobile devices. — Mark Otaris (talk) 07:14, July 15, 2015 (UTC)

Lua infoboxes did not turn out to be as effective as we hoped - while they have their benefits, they are simply too complex for many to grasp (and don't work as well on mobile devices). PortableInfoboxes are much simpler, quite flexible, and definitely will be the focus going forward. We do plan to update the Starter kit with new infoboxes, which should help avoid confusion. Kirkburn  talk  contr    19:43, July 15, 2015 (UTC)