Tag Archives: Writing

MediaWiki Documentation Day 2017

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 … Continue reading

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Adding data, not systems

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 … Continue reading

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Enable Left Win as the Compose Key on Ubuntu

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 … Continue reading

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Write whatever

A few items in my news feed this morning are about why it’s okay to write short blog posts. Going forward, if I have thoughts to put down in my blog, they go in. No matter how rough or short … Continue reading

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Stop inventing new ways of doing things

Every so often I write this same thing. It’s Monday (any Monday) and so it’s time to write it again. The solution to very few problems is to write more code. Usually, it is better to write things in English, … Continue reading

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Stop inventing new ways of doing things

Every so often I write this same thing. It’s Monday (any Monday) and so it’s time to write it again. The solution to very few problems is to write more code. Usually, it is better to write things in English, … Continue reading

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Ghost for blogging?

As much as I don’t really know why people can’t just host their own blogs, I think this sort of service is pretty great: Ghost has initially launched to a small group of investors who donated money through Kickstarter, the … Continue reading

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Glossaries in Semantic MediaWiki

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 … Continue reading

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If all you’ve got is a hammer…

(…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 … Continue reading

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