Sam's notebook

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

Programming

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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Adding data, not systems April 11th, 2016, 6PM

Exploring Open content

For the most part, and leaving aside some tool-making or data-checking programming, I think it is far more relaxing to add data to the world than to add more systems-for-working-with-data. Contributing to Wikisource, Openstreetmap, Commons, even Flickr and Reddit, will further the cause (what ’cause’?) more than building some new system for cataloguing photos or […]

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Enable Left Win as the Compose Key on Ubuntu April 5th, 2016, 4PM

Programming

It is very easy to type “special” characters on Linux (i.e. those that aren’t printed on the keyboard). It’s called the Compose or Multi Key, and it’s brilliant. First, enable it in ‘Keyboard settings > Advanced > Position of Compose Key’. I’ve got it set to Left Win because I never use that for anything […]

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

Open content

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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If all you've got is a hammer... June 30th, 2013, 9AM

Programming

(…nail Markdown to a plank.) Dear everyone: Please Stop Using Markdown For Absolutely Fucking Everything. In 1984, the first Macintoshes shipped with MacWrite. To get bold text, you pressed command-B, and it appeared bold on-screen. To get italic text, you pressed command-I, and it appeared italic. And so on. This was pretty much a universal […]

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