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This image is too wide for standard monitors. If the white space on the left and right sides were eliminated, the image would fit. It should automatically be hidden with an option to show. Its coordinates should be centered on its lines, not offset. — Joe Kress (talk) 02:31, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

Default state

I have altered the default state of this navbox from autocollape to collapsed. My reasoning for this is as follows: The navbox is big and imposing - it may dwarf the main content of some articles if shown expanded - so in most cases it is best displayed collapsed. Secondly, the template is mainly used in the latitude and longitude articles - there are a lot of these. Yes, we could go through every article and change from {{Geographical coordinates}} to {{Geographical coordinates|collapsed}} but that would take ages. Seriously ages. It would be much easier to call it with {{Geographical coordinates|uncollapsed}} in those few articles where this is deemed best.Bazonka (talk) 20:42, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

Actually, I'm not sure if I've done that right. Testing {{Geographical coordinates|uncollapsed}} in the sandbox still showed a collapsed navbox. So please fix this if you can - but please, don't let it default to uncollapsed, and don't do something that means that all the latitude and longitude pages need to be edited (unless you know some clever bot way of doing it automagically). Bazonka (talk) 20:50, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
The state parameter needs to be called specifically unless we add an additional parameter named "1". Example: {{geographical coordinates|state=collapsed}}, {{geographical coordinates|state=expanded}}. There is a third option called "autocollapse". This will automatically collapse the template if there is another navbox present on the page. This is the preferred (and default) option for navboxes as it allows the template to be expanded on pages where there are no other navboxes. For a detailed explanation of the state parameter see the documentation at {{navbox}}. I've looked through a handful of the pages where this navbox is transcluded and a good number of them are certainly large enough to not be dwarfed by this template. Are there really that many short articles? Perhaps they should be merged? ~ PaulT+/C 09:54, 14 January 2009 (UTC)


1. For me (completely standard Windows/IE setup), the blue text overlaying the graphic is virtually illegible.

2. The labelling of the lines of latitude and longitude around the edges of the graphic is effectively illegible.

2. Some of the links in the whitespace at the right extend outside the box.

All in all -- and apologies to those who have put the effort in to do this -- the whole thing is a bit of a mess. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:02, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

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