Template talk:comic

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First and last?[edit]

How about adding links to 1 and LATESTCOMIC (with graphics matching xkcd's |> and <| perhaps)? J-beda (talk) 13:11, 8 September 2012 (UTC)


Can we kill imagesize, please? We almost never use it, and we have alternatives, like using the smaller "thumbnails" that you click through on the xkcd site as the images that we store. It'll let us link the image to the xkcd site too. Davidy22(talk) 01:29, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Have faith that eventually the image bug will be resolved! It probably won't but we can all dream. lcarsos_a (talk) 02:27, 27 November 2012 (UTC)
I just had a massive brainwave. We don't actually need to include imagesize if we're going to leave it empty. Since it's a named option we can specify any order of options, and omit those we don't need to use. I'm going to edit {{create}} (if I can figure it out to not include imagesize so it will just be an advanced user's option. Hopefully that will make you smile, in these dull days of spam fighting. lcarsos_a (talk) 22:15, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

Radiation et al[edit]

I had some spare time today so I went and made a modified version of this template that can handle undefined numbers such as in Radiation. Only catch is that it needs two other variables to be defined to keep the link valid... But I think that's a fair compromise to take another page off the incomplete explanations category. It could also allow for the addition of pages about the not-so-subtle jokes etc. in the what if series. The updated versions are over at a page in my userspace and its talk page. Pixali 02:07, 4 March 2015 (UTC)


On unnumbered comics, this template displays "[[Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "{".|Next >]]". Forrest (talk)07:54, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

A user someplace made a workaround in a seperate template. I'll find it later. Davidy²²[talk] 08:03, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
 Done - It was because 0 was created, so the logic that #ifexist:0 should be false failed. I changed it to default to -2 when number is not present, which will work as long as no one creates -1! Mark Hurd (talk) 11:13, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Use https?[edit]

XKCD has supported https for a while, it might be a good idea to switch the generated links to https.

Kenzierocks (talk) 17:38, 20 October 2016 (UTC) kenzierocks

Done. Davidy²²[talk] 18:00, 20 October 2016 (UTC)
And reverted, apparently – why? -- 15:29, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

The template field called "titletext"[edit]

Bad choice for the "displayed name" of this ["titletext"] field[edit]

As a general rule, I DO like the idea of using the same character string, that is the name of a certain field in a given template, as the "displayed name" -- that is, what the user sees when the value of that field is being displayed.

However, in this case, the field that is [now] called the "titletext" field, is an exception to that general rule.

The "titletext" field is used to show (and maybe also to help "explain"?) the contents of a little pop-up with some "caption" or other text, that appears when one "hovers" his mouse over a certain XKCD cartoon.

I do not know why the field name "titletext" was chosen.

Some might even want to suggest, changing the spelling of the field name "titletext".

That might be ("also") an interesting debate ... but that is outside the scope of "my" comment today.

IMHO the character string "titletext" -- or even "title text" [two words] -- would NOT be a good choice for the "display name" of the field that is used for the contents of that little pop-up with some text that appears (it "pops up") when one "hovers" his mouse over a certain XKCD cartoon.

True, it does usually contain some ["caption" or other]"text"; so, the second half of that field name is not [absolutely] a misnomer. But ... the first half of that field name is a misnomer. It is NOT [anything LIKE] a "title"!

A "title" IS *** SHORT *** ![edit]

The *** title *** of a book (or magazine article) is NOT something that requires more BYTES to represent (or display) it, than the entire book or magazine article. It is SHORT.

This field (called "titletext") might sometimes be short ... but not very often. For the most recent XKCD I looked at, it (the pop-up "upon mouse hovering" text) contained MORE text than the entire XKCD cartoon over which my mouse was "hovering" when it [the value of this field] was being displayed as a pop-up. (Including dialog, "if any".)

So, I don't know what the "displayed name" of this ["titletext"] field should be. Nominations would be welcomed. But, IMHO, I do not vote for displaying it as [something like] "title text". IMHO, that is worse than [just] "unhelpful" ... it is actually confusing.

Any comments? Thanks! Mike Schwartz (talk) 19:02, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

HTTPS again[edit]

The template could link to the HTTPS version of xkcd. It seems like this was requested before, but reverted.

Also, while you're at it, the "www." in the link is superfluous and could also be removed.

-- 11:40, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

I don't know why it was reverted, but I think this is a minor issue because every http request is always redirected to a secure connection. This means I will change it back to https. But because I'm an old fashioned guy and we are using the WorldWideWeb the www remains. --Dgbrt (talk) 18:44, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

Wordrapping and Ordered list buttons[edit]

I would propose that the text of each of the "buttons" be put in a style where word-wrap is disabled. As is, on my smaller screens, the back button always word-wraps between the "|" and the "<". I believe adding a style attribute with "white-space: nowrap" to each item of the unordered list (<li>) would fix this.

Alternatively, adding the style attribute it to the whole list (<ol>) would keep the whole thing from word-wrapping. -- Previous comment was by User:Trlkly

Yup, this would also fix this bug:
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which has been observed in at least the latest comic today. --NeatNit (talk) 18:22, 8 December 2019 (UTC)

Broken link[edit]

At Blue Eyes, the button "Comic (October 11, 2006)" links to https://xkcd.com/blue_eyes.html/ and shows a 404 Not Found error message, however, the comic is at https://xkcd.com/blue_eyes.html, without the slash at the end. Can someone fix this? ObserveOwl (talk) 19:29, 7 July 2021 (UTC)

add default class name to "bodyclass" input[edit]

For some reason, this template has a bodyclass input that, to my knowledge, is not used on any page whatsoever. If this is changed to a fixed class name, or even a defualt one, it would allow for much more intuitive changes for users that wish to use custom CSS for the wiki. someone, i guess (talk)