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Update iOS app method of retrieving short descriptions to use new prop=description
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Borrowing wholesale @Deskana's ticket description from T191333:


There's now a magic word which allows editors on the English Wikipedia to override the descriptions from Wikidata, per T184000. The previous method of accessing the descriptions using prop=pageterms now needs to be replaced with prop=description. The output from the new method is quite different, so there'll be a few changes that need to be made.

Old method: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?action=query&titles=Wagon%20Train&prop=pageterms

New method: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?action=query&titles=Wagon%20Train&prop=description


For iOS this means everywhere we have "prop" using "pageterms" we'll want to change to "description". I think we'll then no longer need the "wbptterms" "description" param. We'll just have to then extract the description straight from the "description" rather than from it's previous "terms" "description" array.

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Mhurd added a subscriber: Fjalapeno.

@Fjalapeno I'm ready to jump on this. Given the rush should I prioritize this over wrapping moving the adjacent reference gathering to pagelib?

Mhurd renamed this task from Update method of retrieving short descriptions to use new prop=description to Update iOS app method of retrieving short descriptions to use new prop=description.Apr 4 2018, 6:23 PM

@Mhurd yes, prioritize this over the references!
Thanks :)

Reminder: will need to update the article footer "Read more" transform to use new wikidata parameters too.

JMinor added a subscriber: JMinor.

Per Monte's spike (T192600), this is a fairly easy fix, so moving into scope for 5.8.1.

Testing criteria

  • load enwiki > goat
  • scroll to Read more section at bottom of article
  • one of the Read more results is for Goat farming: ensure the description is Raising and breeding of domestic goats (which is a description I added using the new SHORTDESC described here)
JMinor added a subscriber: DannyH.

@DannyH and the curators of the en.wikipedia community thank you...