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WikiCite 2017 May 23rd, 2017, 1PM

Open content Programming

(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 […]

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

Programming

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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Wikisource category browser now has other languages July 11th, 2015, 11AM

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I’ve updated the Wikisource validated works’ category browser tool to include other languages. So far it’s just Italian, and to some perhaps-incorrect extent French (there’s only four? that’s not right). I just need more Wikisources to tell me the names of their validated works and root categories, and it’ll just be a matter of adding […]

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Wikisource needs your input « Wikimedia blog July 7th, 2015, 2PM

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A new Wikisource survey is being conducted! During the survey, you will be asked questions regarding your personal involvement with the Wikisource project, your preferences regarding governance and technology, and your opinion on how a Wikisource Conference should be shaped. With the support of Wikimedia Österreich and Wikimedia Italia, a Project and Event Grant proposal […]

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I now use curly quotation marks when proofreading April 17th, 2015, 3PM

Reading

There are currently two things that are annoying me about Wikisource books. These are: the inclusion of hyperlinks (to be all 1990s about it, with using that word); and the usage of straight quotation marks. Links I can forgive, or even actively enjoy, in non-fiction; but in fiction, they have no place. (So think I, […]

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