Help:Wiki University HTML--Navboxes

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WHAT IS A NAVBOX[edit | edit source]

  • They are very much like sidebars, only they are usually spread across the bottom of the page. Here is an example from the Adair County, Missouri Genealogy page.
  • You will notice on this county page that a sidebar is not used. The topic information is in the Navbox instead. This is fine if you think it is a better option than a sidebar.
  • Basically a navbox is used for links that may not be of immediate interest like we see on a sidebar, but give options for other places to look.

TYPICAL NAVBOX[edit | edit source]

  • First section - items you would might find in a sidebar.
  • Second section - internal links to pages for other counties in the state.
  • Third section - internal links to pages of extinct county pages.
  • Fourth section - internal links to pages outlining what is available in the major repositories in the state.
  • Fifth section - internal links to pages discussing migration routes going through the state.


These are NOT required sections for a navbox. They can contain whatever subjects you like. This is just an example of one.

HOW TO CREATE A NAVBOX[edit | edit source]

  • The navbox above is a table.
  • First row is the title of the navbox. It is centered and spans the two columns that follow.
  • First column is the title of the items in the adjacent cells.
  • Second column is the links or whatever material is to be displayed.
  • There are background colors in the cells.

Let's make one like the one above but use less material:

Links to Missouri Genealogy - related articles
Topics African Americans · American Indians · Archives and Libraries · Bible Records · Biography
Counties Adair · Andrew · Atchison · Audrain · Barry · Barton

Here is the coding:

<table style="width:100%; border:1px solid black; border-spacing:5px; "
<td colspan="2" style="background-color:lightgray; text-align:center">Links to '''[[Missouri Genealogy]]'''- related articles</td>
<td style="background-color:lightgray; width:20% ; vertical-align:middle"> Topics</td>
<td style="background-color:lightblue">[[African-American Resources for Missouri|African Americans]] {{·}}[1] [[Indians of Missouri|American Indians]] {{·}} [[Missouri Archives and Libraries|Archives and Libraries]] {{·}} [[Missouri Bible Records|Bible Records]] {{·}} [[Missouri Biography|Biography]]
<td style="background-color:lightgray; width:20% ; vertical-align:middle"> Counties</td>
<td style="background-color:lightblue">[[Adair County, Missouri Genealogy|Adair]] {{·}} [[Andrew County, Missouri Genealogy|Andrew]] {{·}} [[Atchison County, Missouri Genealogy|Atchison]] {{·}} [[Audrain County, Missouri Genealogy|Audrain]] {{·}} [[Barry County, Missouri Genealogy|Barry]] {{·}} [[Barton County, Missouri Genealogy|Barton]]</td>

All this wikitext and inline styling should be familiar to you except for some new templates we have introduced

SAVING THE NAVBOX[edit | edit source]

  • This table is saved like a normal template.
  • Please use the word "navbox" in the name you use to save the navbox.

PLACING THE NAVBOX[edit | edit source]

  • It is placed just like any other template.
  • If there are any parameters, they need to be included in the coding for the template.
  • The above made up navbox would have the placement coding of:
{{Sample navbox

| State =


TRY THESE OUT . . . .[edit | edit source]

  • Create a navbox using the above format.
  • For topics use the first 5 topics from the Germany_Genealogy page.
  • For Counties use the first 5 counties from the Anhalt_-_Herzogtum_(duchy) navbox at the bottom of the page.
  • Change the parameter to country.

Quick Quiz
  • Navboxes should not include items that could be in a sidebar.
A. True
B. False
  • Navboxes are usually placed at the top of the page.
A. True
B. False
  • Navboxes are limited to less than 200 pixels in width.
A. True
B. False
  1. This is a template that puts the little dot separator between the items in this cell. One of many such "built in" templates in wikitext