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Hi! I am having some problem in transclusion due to template overload. I am not able to transclude pp. 115-120 of Index:The Pālas of Bengal.djvu. Can you help? Hrishikes (talk) 02:59, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

The problem here is that there isn't, as far as I am aware, a really "nice" way to do do dot leaders in HTML+CSS. {{Dotted TOC line}} and friends use a hack that looks OK in most cases (though it can interfere with some things in the containing table). However, it is a very intensive way to do it in terms of the Wikitext expansion limits - every cell basically contains another mini-table. This means that you can plausibly run into the limits set on the Wikisource server. There are the following remedies that I know of:
  • Don't use dotted leaders at all and save all the pain - this is what I normally do. It's a shame not to have the dots, but at the end of the day, they're not essential.
  • Split the dotted table across multiple mainspace pages, so that no one page runs into the limit.
  • Find a way to implement the dotted templates without such insanely heavy markup so that it's not so likely to run into the expansion limits. I feel like tables-in-tables is not a good way to do it, but the templates are very complex and I don't really understand them.
    • This could be simplified greatly if we could add to the common.css file so we don't have to set CSS styles on every element individually but instead just add a class to the parent. However, that would reduce the flexibility a lot.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 12:51, 14 May 2018 (UTC)
OK, thanks. I have now done it in a hybrid way, but not completely eschewing the dots. (here.) Hrishikes (talk) 17:28, 14 May 2018 (UTC)


Author? If not writing, wouldn't a collection be better in the Portal namespace? — billinghurst sDrewth 07:58, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

Yes, that might make sense. Maybe just a section on Portal:History of China? Sadly, like nearly all Chinese things we have, it's a pain to see if there are any suitable mentions we can link, as there are many transliterations, and, due to the age of most works here, none of them are the modern one! "Chuan Hsü" is a common one. Inductiveloadtalk/contribs 14:27, 19 May 2018 (UTC)