Template talk:Country

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Font size

I think the fonts could be made a bit smaller, like the Taxonomy and Presidents templates. BrianCo 18:29, 8 July 2007 (EDT)

Good idea; I hadn't thought about it. Done. Philip J. Rayment 02:31, 9 July 2007 (EDT)

Several leader equations

Hi, I propose that instead of having separate equations for: "King", "Queen", "Monarch" and "President", we should have one "Leader_title" and another "Leader_name". What do you think --Andersmusician 21:15, 21 July 2007 (EDT)

Hello Andersmusician, and welcome to Conservapedia.
I'm an administrator here (and the creator of this template), but my following comments are as a fellow editor, not as an administrator.
I think the main advantage of your proposal is that it simplifies the template code, and shortens the text you added that is to be copied and pasted to article pages.
But this comes at the expense of more work by those using the template. Instead of putting in queen=Elizabeth II, for example, they would then have to put leader_title=Queen and leader_name=Elizabeth II. So less work for the creator of the template (except that it's done now, so it's not really less work at all), and more work for the user of the template.
Furthermore, the current design is for the "Monarch" row of the table to show "Queen Elizabeth II", but for the "President" row to show "George W. Bush". That is, the title of the former is in the second column, but the title of the latter is in the first column. I'm not sure that's absolutely necessary, but it seems to me to be the right way to do it.
Finally, I'll point out that there is no "monarch" parameter anyway. The only "monarch" parameter is the "monarch-raw" parameter, which is an alternative to "king" and "queen" when something different needs to be done with the linking (there is also an alternative for "president": "president-raw").
What do others think?
Philip J. Rayment 11:14, 22 July 2007 (EDT)
But could we have an additional section "head of state" and "head of government"? I'm thinking of the First Minister of Scotland - who doesn't fit very well under Prime Minister or chancellor - and some states may have even more differently styled leading positions... --BRichtigen 17:58, 6 November 2008 (EST)
It's a problem trying to cater for all titles, but there are problems with simply adding "head of state" and "head of government" titles.
For one, will even these categories cover all cases either?
For another, that won't provide the title for the position. So if Scotland's Head of state was John Smith, it wouldn't tell you that his title is First Minister.
I'm happy to add in a First minister parameter, although a more generic solution would be good too.
Philip J. Rayment 20:39, 6 November 2008 (EST)
I concur: First Minister is just one example. I'd like to add sometimes articles about the states (Bundesländer or Kantone) of Germany, Austria and Swiss. Then, we've to deal with Landeshauptmann, Ministerpresident or governing Mayor. These special titles could be include in brackets behind the names, as I did it for Scotland. But it would be awful to include every single title in the template. --BRichtigen 08:06, 7 November 2008 (EST)

Size of Flag

Can someone try changing the size of the flag from 100px to 101px (or a higher value) to see if it will work in IE EQ 23:24, 18 August 2007 (EDT)

Done and it works. Philip J. Rayment 10:00, 19 August 2007 (EDT)

Flag Error

There seems to be an error on the template as evidenced by the Kenya page. The flag won't display (Image:kenyaflag.gif) ... an error message appears saying "Error creating thumbnail:". I'll try to take a look at this, but images are in no way my specialty, so it's probably best if someone else takes a look too.

I'm trying to think of plausible reasons why this might happen ... everyone feel free to strike and add to this list:--IDuan 13:09, 15 February 2009 (EST)

  • The flag image is a gif ... perhaps the template can't handle gif images? (I'll try to get someone to upload the file as a png or jpg and then see if that version works)
  • The flag's dimensions can't be placed in the template
It's possibly the problems with a .gif file in the template; the Kenya flag was changed to a .png and is now working. Karajou 13:40, 15 February 2009 (EST)
Ahh, thanks for testing that Karajou, that's a big find - I'll put a note on the page saying that gif images should not be used on the template.--IDuan 16:41, 15 February 2009 (EST)


There's a great deficiency in the "Language" row of this template, as evinced on Switzerland: When a country has more than one language listed, the template links to a nonexistent article containing a list of all the names. For example, we get German,_French,_Italian,_Romansch. I've installed a workaround at the Haiti page, but that leaves the [[ ]] visible at the front and end. I don't know template code, but would it be possible to tell the template to put a separate link to each phrase between commas? Alternatively, could you at least put in a language-raw line?--EvanW 17:03, 19 January 2010 (EST)

Population link to List of countries by population

Wouldn't it be nice to make the population a link to this article: List of countries by population ? And the area link to this article: List of countries by area ?--PhilipN 16:47, 15 December 2011 (EST)

I can't change this template because of the spam filter. When I save my changes, I got this message:

The page you wanted to save was blocked by the spam filter. This is probably caused by a link to a blacklisted external site. The following text is what triggered our spam filter: } } } } } Actually there is no spaces between the } but I am not allowed to post multiple following accolades --PhilipN 22:56, 15 December 2011 (EST)

Can anyone please tell me what to do about this issue ? --PhilipN 15:32, 18 December 2011 (EST)

I managed to do what I tried for a while !! --PhilipN 19:18, 25 December 2011 (EST)

Neighboring countries

What about adding this information on the template ?--PhilipN 19:15, 29 December 2011 (EST)