Djvu files are a very interesting open format for full book digitalization, but mediawiki uses them only as "proofreading tools". On the contrary, they could be an interesting output of wikisource work, working about thoroughly editing of text layer and fully using their metadata. Even when they are used simply as "proofreading tools", much work could be done using details of text layer mapping, since it contains interesting suggestions about formatting (text alignment and indentation, text size, paragraphs, blocks...) presently not used at all.
Here a list of ideas:
- to shift to indirect mode of djvu structure (so allowing a faster access to individual pages with a djvu reader extension of browsers);
- to add a set of API requests, as an interface to all read-only DjvuLibre routines;
- to add some API too for editing text layer by djvuxmlparser;
- to allow minor changes of djvu files (i.e. editing some words into text layer) without the need of re-uploading the whole djvu file (the history of text edits could be saved with something like reviews history).
--Alex brollo (talk) 14:07, 10 November 2015 (UTC)
This card tracks a proposal from the 2015 Community Wishlist Survey: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey
This proposal received 25 support votes, and was ranked #35 out of 107 proposals. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2015_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Wikisource#Better_support_for_djvu_files