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Introduction to template parameters

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To see an example of template parameters in action, go into Extensions → Template Manager and click on the rhuk_milkyway template. You will see, on the Template: [Edit] screen that there is a Parameters group containing a couple of fields called Colour Variation and Background Variation. See illustration below. These are typical template parameters and in this case they control the colour scheme of the template.

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Template parameters allow the administrator to adjust the behaviour of a template using a form in the Administrator. What parameters are available and what they do is down to the template designer, but designers now have a set of easy-to-use tools for building flexibility into their templates. For the designer, this involves making changes to three elements: