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Message box
template context
{{Ambox}} article
{{Cmbox}} category
{{Imbox}} image
{{Tmbox}} talk
{{Fmbox}} footer / header
{{Ombox}} other pages
{{Mbox}} auto-detect
{{Asbox}} article stub
{{Dmbox}} disambiguation

This is the {{Imbox}} ([I]mage [m]essage [box]) metatemplate.

It is used to build message box templates for file (image) pages, such as {{cleanup-image}} etc. It offers several different colours, uses default images if no image parameter is given and it has some other features.

This template works almost exactly like {{Ambox}} and uses the same parameters.


Simple usage example:

{{Imbox |text=Some text.}}

Complex example:

| type = style
| style = width:400px;
| image = [[File:Emblem-question-yellow.svg|40px]]
| textstyle = font-style:italic; font-weight:bold; color:red; 
| text = The message body text.

Image message box types

The following examples use different type parameters but use no image parameters thus they use the default images for each type.

Other images

The default images shown above are mostly for convenience. In many cases it is more appropriate to use more specific images. These examples use the image parameter to specify an image other than the default images.


Some other parameter combinations.


List of all parameters:

| type  = speedy / delete / content / style / notice / 
          move / protection / license / featured
| image = none / [[File:Some image.svg|40px]]
| imageright = [[File:Some image.svg|40px]]
| style = CSS value
| textstyle = CSS value
| text  = The message body text.
| below = More text or another imbox.
| plainlinks = no


If no type parameter is given the template defaults to type notice. That means it gets a blue border.


No parameter = If no image parameter is given the template uses a default image. Which default image it uses depends on the type parameter.
An image = Should be an image with usual wiki notation. 40px - 50px width are usually about right depending on the image height to width ratio. (But the message box can handle images of any size.) For example:
image = [[File:Gnome-dev-camera.svg|40px]]
none = Means that no image is used.


No parameter = If no imageright parameter is given then no image is shown on the right side.
An image = Should be an image with usual wiki notation. 40px - 50px width are usually about right depending on the image height to width ratio. (But the message box can handle images of any size.) For example:
imageright = [[File:Nuvola apps bookcase.png|40px]]
Anything = Any other object that you want to show on the right side.


An optional CSS value used by the entire message box table. Without quotation marks " ". For example:
style = margin-bottom: 0.5em;


An optional CSS value used by the text cell. For example:
textstyle = text-align: center;


The message body text.


A full width area below the images and text area. Can take a text or any kind of object, for instance another imbox:
below = {{Imbox |type=content |text=This license tag is deprecated.}}


Defaults to yes. If external link arrows - 10px - are desired, specify:
plainlinks = no

Technical details

Namespace "File:" was renamed to "File:" on 11 December 2008. This template was created long before that, and that is why it is named "imbox" as in "image message box".

If you need to use special characters in the text parameter then you need to escape them like this:

| text = <div>
Equal sign = and a start and end brace { } work fine as they are. 
But here is a pipe {{!}} and two end braces <nowiki>}}</nowiki>. 
And now a pipe and end braces <nowiki>|}}</nowiki>.

This template uses the imbox CSS classes in MediaWiki:Common.css for most of its looks, thus it is fully skinnable.

Internally this meta-template uses HTML markup instead of wiki markup for the table code. That is the usual way we make meta-templates since wiki markup has several drawbacks. For instance it makes it harder to use parser functions and special characters in parameters.

The default images for this meta-template are in png format instead of svg format. The main reason is that some older web browsers have trouble with the transparent png images. For those older browsers these png images have been modified so that the color of their default backgrounds match the background color of the template. The default background that MediaWiki renders for svg images is always white. This creates a white box around the images when displayed in older browsers.

For more technical details see the talk page. Since this template works almost exactly like the other mboxes their talk pages and related pages might also contain more details, see the "See also" section below.

See also

There are seven metatemplates in the Module:Message box family:

  • {{Ambox}}, for messageboxes on article pages.
  • {{Cmbox}}, for messageboxes on category pages.
  • {{Imbox}}, for messageboxes on file (image) pages.
  • {{Tmbox}}, for messageboxes on talk pages.
  • {{Fmbox}}, for header and footer messageboxes.
  • {{Ombox}}, for messageboxes on other types of page.
  • {{Mbox}}, for messageboxes that are used in different namespaces and change their presentation accordingly.

Closely related metatemplates:

  • {{Asbox}}, for messageboxes in article stubs.
  • {{Dmbox}}, for messageboxes on disambiguation or set-index pages.
  • {{Ivmbox}}, a simple full-width box with default ivory background intended to frame important messages or notices.