Template talk:Tl

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Why is there an error on the template page stating "Error: image is invalid or non-existent"??? Another question related to this template: When I am editing my user talk page, under the save options is a message stating the Template:T1 is used on the page (my talk page). Help me understand what this means because I don't have a transcluded documentation page being used on my talk page. --Fran 23:01, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for the message, Fran. I am the one that created this and have work still do to on it. I have several outstanding questions for someone. I am almost positive that I send them to whomever it was, but cannot think who it was nor can I find the e-mail or posting right now. If I do not respond by the next meeting, please remind me. Thomas Lerman 23:06, 18 November 2009 (UTC)
I took a quick look and it looks like the error message is coming from the {{Pp-template}} that I believe Diltsgd created. I believe if the missing images are fixed there, it should work here and elsewhere. Having a message that says you are using Template:Tl on your page does not mean you have transcluded documentation. It just means that you are using the template somewhere. One place that I see it being used is where you see {{helpme}} which is displayed via a text that looks like {{tl|helpme}}. Thomas Lerman 23:20, 18 November 2009 (UTC)
So when the Welcoming Committee message was added to my discussion page, the 'helpme' code using the 'tl' is actually invoking a template on the page? By the way, what does tlx and tl mean anyway??? Looks like you and Steve are starting to use the template abbreviations I've seen in Wikipedia. Please, please help me learn what all this means. Keep me up to speed on all this!!! Thanks in advance for all your help. --Fran 23:32, 18 November 2009 (UTC)
Correct for the most part. To display a template including the curly braces, one can use the nowiki tags around it or use the Template:tl. The advantage of using Template:tl is that it allows you to click on it to go to the template's page and is easier & smaller than using the nowiki tags. Template:tl is used when no parameters are to be shown and Template:tlx shows parameters. Examples: {{tl}} and {{tlx|parameter1|parameter2|parameter3}}. I created many of these templates many months back. I really do not like using abbreviated names, but for speed in the creation, it was easier. Thomas Lerman 23:43, 18 November 2009 (UTC)