I’ve had a stab at a WordPress plugin for embedding Wikimedia URLs: https://github.com/samwilson/embed-wikimedia It’s of course just a draft and proof-of-concept and beta and rough at the moment. It only supports Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons; I’m going to add Wikidata next, I think, and then Wikisource (although that will mostly be a reformatted version of […]
More PHP date weirdness, this time in the Cargo extension for MediaWiki: + // ‘o’ is better than ‘Y’ because it does not add leading + // zeroes to years with fewer than four digits. + // For some reason, though, this fails for some years – + // returning one year lower than it’s […]
New MediaWiki extension: AutoCategoriseUploads. It “automatically adds categories to new file uploads based on keyword metadata found in the file. The following metadata types are supported: XMP (many file types, including JPG, PNG, PDF, etc.); ITCP (JPG); ID3 (MP3)”. Unfortunately there’s no code yet in the repository, so there’s nothing to test. Sounds interesting though.
There’s a new extension recently been added to mediawiki.org, 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. […]
I have been experimenting with turning Wikisource works into LaTeX-formatted bindable PDFs. My initial idea was to produce quatro or octavo layout sheets (i.e. 8 or 16 book pages to a sheet of paper that’s printed on both sides and has the pages layed out in such a way as when the sheet is folded […]
The MediaWiki Display Title extension is pretty cool. It uses a page’s display title in all links to that page. That might not sound like much, but it’s really useful to only have to change the title in one place, and have it show correctly all over the wiki. (This is much the same as […]
I figured out how to do some slight video editing in OpenShot, and have tried to make another Wikisource tutorial:
After being inspired by Ewan McAndrew at Wikimania, I’ve taken a crack at doing my own video about importing books from the Internet Archive into Wikisource: There are a few mistakes here, and as I’ve yet to figure out how to edit videos properly (I’ve only managed to hang my video editing software so far), […]
There will be a workshop at the State Library of Western Australia this Saturday from 1 p.m., for anyone to come along and learn how to add just one citation to just one Wikipedia article (or more of either, of course). For more details, see meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiClubWest.
(Firefox asked me to rate it this morning, with a little picture of a broken heart and five stars to select from. I gave it five (’cause it’s brilliant) and then it sent me to a survey on mozilla.com titled “Heavy User V2”, which sounds like the name of an confused interplanetary supply ship.) Today […]