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Compile the frequently used webpage design snippets for Tools authors
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There are a variety of design elements in Tool pages, that it might be useful to compile somewhere, so that Tool-authors don't reinvent the wheel. I.e.

  • Header and Footer blocks that can easily be customized.
  • Links & UI for things such as:
    • Source
    • Feedback
    • Documentation
    • Translations
    • Language-options
    • Tool-author's name
    • Code-License
    • Toolforge/Cloud VPS logo
    • Terms of Use
    • Privacy Policy
    • etc...?

For example

Event Timeline

Ooo, now exists. "A cookiecutter template for Wikimedia Toolforge tools using the Flask Python framework." -- (found via -Thank you @Lucas_Werkmeister_WMDE !!!)

Perhaps this could be usefully added here?
or is there anything else that needs to be done beforehand?

Is there an efficient way to make the components of this template to be sharable with tools that use other frameworks? (IANADev; that might be an obvious or naive question!)

Harej added a subscriber: Volker_E.Oct 30 2018, 9:02 PM

(replying from my private account since this is only a private project so far, though who knows what will happen in the future)

is there anything else that needs to be done beforehand?

Ideally someone would try out the thing and tell me if it works :) but I also plan to do that as part of a workshop at 35c3, so I’ll probably find out in about a month where the template is lacking something.

After that, it could be added to the guide on Toolforge you mentioned (which is also what I followed before writing the template – thanks to everyone who worked on it!), but I’m not sure where it should be on the page, because I’m currently not sure what the target audience for the template is: is it for experienced tool authors, who already know their way around Toolforge and Flask and just need some assistance with the boilerplate, or is it (also) for new tool authors, who aren’t yet familiar with the various steps which the template asks of them?

When I started with the template, I was mostly thinking of experienced tool authors, but it would probably be nice if it could help new people as well – but I don’t know if the template is good enough for that, if its instructions are sufficiently clear and complete, where others might be confused, and so on. (In fact, just writing this, I realize that new users would need a “create your Wikimedia developer account” step – currently, the template assumes you already have one.)

I’m not sure how much of the template could be shared outside of it – it would be nice to unify the HTML markup across different tools, but the version in the template is specific to the Flask framework (or others which use the Jinja2 templating engine). But it should at least be possible to extract some version of the HTML into some kind of shared repository, and keep them in sync manually.

But also – I wrote this template without knowing anything about this task, or looking much at other tools’ HTML, so perhaps someone has improvement suggestions for the HTML in the template?