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I found that some of the updates I like to do require handling templates. So I look into existing templates, trying to learn the rules.

My standards for coding usually follow these lines (and more):

  • Don't be repetitive in code text - use loops or sub functions (templates)
  • Be exhaustive in comments if possible
  • Create readable code
    • which is not always possible (see below)
  • Create reuseable code if possible
    • enabling a method to enforce standards
    • avoid recoding if an useable module exists
  • Strictly separate data and presentation
    • Don't enforce unchangeable formatting on data or intermediate level

Current project[edit]

Current goal is a quest list template controlled by a list of quest names instead of a category. This will be derived from the template T:quest list and shall replace the QTH/QTL/QTB templates.

First thing I encountered is a repetive use of XP formatting, so I went to the bottom of the T:Xpcolors template. I found that it is enforcing popups and bold numbers.

I already created a sub template T:Xpcolors/subst which handles the base formatting difficulty independant: And I have learned:

  • Line breaks within the code can lead to unexpected <p> statements in the resulting HTML code. The only save positions are within the condition sections
    • When I think code is too unreadable I may add the "unfolded" code to the talk page
    • Same when I think some code has to be explained
  • the statement {{#switch: does not work properly when used with a parameter/default value {{{1|defVal}}}. The #default: path is always used when the parameter is empty
  • the statement {{#if: may not work correctly if the else section is not defined ("|" missing)

Please use the talk page if you have comments