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Wikisource books for binding February 11th, 2018, 12PM

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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 […]

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Importing books from IA to Wikisource August 21st, 2017, 7PM

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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), […]

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WikiCite 2017 May 23rd, 2017, 1PM

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(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 titled “Heavy User V2”, which sounds like the name of an confused interplanetary supply ship.) Today […]

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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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Penguin Classics portal on Wikisource April 12th, 2016, 5PM

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I’ve made a start of a system to pull data from Wikidata and generate a portal for the Penguin Classics, with appropriate links for those that are on Wikisource or are ready to be transcribed. I’m a bit of a Sparql newbie, so perhaps this could’ve been done in a single query. However, I’m doing […]

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