Welcome, one and all, to the Tiki bar! This page is used to discuss the technical issues, policies, and operations of the LifeWiki. Or just sit down, relax, and enjoy a cocktail.
Welcome to the Tiki bar
Wikipedia has the Village pump, Wiktionary has the Beer parlour, but the LifeWiki's lacked a central page for discussion so far other than User talk:Nathaniel. So I took the liberty to create the Tiki bar to facilitate discussion in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Welcome! Apple Bottom (talk) 11:09, 13 June 2016 (UTC)
Thanks to User:Nathaniel's efforts, the LifeViewer applet's now available on the LifeWiki:
So how do we best integrate this into our existing articles? Ideally I'd like for all articles on spaceships, oscillators, guns etc. to have (at least) one of these so people can easily see patterns in action; but I'd also like for the result to look good. Simply embedding the viewer applet, like I did here on Copperhead, works, but it isn't very pretty.
Since we already have infoboxes for pattern, it would be natural to reuse those. Embedding the viewer applet may make them too wide, but we could introduce an extra section (akin to "Rules", "Glider Synthesis" etc). Alternatively, we could add a second tab at the top of the box, allowing the user to switch between a static image and a viewer applet.
For specifying an object's RLE code, we could introduce a new infobox template parameter. However, that might get unwieldy with large patterns, so instead I'd suggest introducing a new namespace, RLE:, using the pname infobox parameter as the page title. To wit: since Copperhead's pname is copperhead, its RLE page would be called RLE:copperhead and would contain only its RLE code, b2o2b2o$3b2o$3b2o$obo2bobo$o6bo2$o6bo$b2o2b2o$2b4o2$3b2o$3b2o. This would keep pattern pages from ballooning in size, as well as make it easier to edit RLE codes. It could even be used to auto-generate downloadable pattern files in the future.