Sam's notebook

Extension:DocBookExport February 21st, 2018, 9AM

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There’s a new extension recently been added to, called DocBookExport. It provides a system of defining a book’s structure (a set of pages and some title and other metadata) and then pipes the pages’ HTML through Pandoc and out into DocBook format, from where it can be turned into PDF or just downloaded as-is. […]

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CFB Folder 1 done November 26th, 2017, 9AM

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The first folder of the C.F. Barker Archives’ material is done: finished scanning and initial entry into ArchivesWiki. This is my attempt to use MediaWiki as a digital archive platform for physical records (and digitally-created ones, although they don’t feature as much in the physical folders). It’s reasonably satisfactory so far, although there’s lots that’s […]

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MediaWiki Documentation Day 2017 May 12th, 2017, 4PM


It’s MediaWiki Documentation Day 2017! So I’ve been documenting a couple of things, and I’ve added a bit to the Xtools manual. The latter is actually really useful, not so much from the end-user’s point of view because I dare say they’ll never read it, but I always like writing documentation before coding. It makes […]

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Editing MediaWiki pages in an external editor February 21st, 2017, 2PM


I’ve been working on a MediaWiki gadget lately, for editing Wikisource authors’ metadata without leaving the author page. It’s fun working with and learning more about OOjs-UI, but it’s also a pain because gadget code is kept in Javascript pages in the MediaWiki namespace, and so every single time you want to change something it’s […]

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What goes Where on the Web May 7th, 2014, 9AM

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Every now and then I recap on where and what I store online. Today I do so again, while I’m rather feeling that there should be discrete and specific tools for each of the things. Firstly there are the self-hosted items: WordPress for blogging (where photo and file attachments should be customized to the exact […]

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Glossaries in Semantic MediaWiki September 19th, 2013, 1PM

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A simple glossary system for Semantic MediaWiki that lets you define key terms for use in technical documentation etc. A term can be referenced from anywhere in the wiki with {{defined term inline|term}}. This results in the term being displayed in a distinct style (green for instance) and linked to the term’s wikipage. When a […]

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ReqWiki semantic software requirements management September 18th, 2013, 3PM

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ReqWiki is a Semantic MediaWiki-based system for software requirements management. It looks very interesting. We know that requirements engineering has a large impact on the success of a project, yet sophisticated tool support, especially for small to mid-size enterprises, is still lacking. We present ReqWiki, a novel open source web-based approach based on a semantic […]

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