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Show file annotations in MediaViewer
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Commons supports image annotations, and there is an opt-in mechanism for other wikis to show them either in the article or the image details page. It would be nice if MediaViewer could support that (though maybe with a nicer interface).

See also: T108887: Nice UI for image annotations


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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Medium.Nov 22 2014, 2:12 AM
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aalekh1993 wrote:

Can i simply use comment passed as ex:[[image:test.png|left|thumb|50px|Comment]]
to be show in mediaviewer annotations

Aalekh, I'm not sure what you mean by annotation. The caption will show up in the image information, but annotations are associated with some sub-area of the image, and there is no good way to specify that in a caption.

  • Bug 64951 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Change 173627 had a related patch set uploaded by Gergő Tisza:
Parse annotations

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Mass-removing the Multimedia tag from MediaViewer tasks, as this is now being worked on by the Reading department, not Editing's Multimedia team.

Change 173627 had a related patch set uploaded (by Gergő Tisza):
Parse annotations

Jdlrobson changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Sep 29 2015, 10:35 PM
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I worry this might be unnecessarily complicating the extension. Just because we can doesn't mean we should...
What are the benefits of doing this and what are the risks? What does it enable? Can you give some examples of some concrete use cases?

More code means more maintenance and adding expectations around what the feature can do. "It would be nice" doesn't seem like a good motivation, let's understand this more before pushing ahead and merging the patch.

MediaViewer tries to support all the useful reader-facing functionality of file pages that's accessible in a structured form, and annotations are one major missing piece. The link in the task description documents a lot of existing use cases; I don't think those would be fundamentally changed just because we show them in a lightbox instead of on the file page.

Note that the patch is to CommonsMetadata and just exposes the annotations as (somewhat) structured data. The benefit to that, apart from making annotation support in MediaViewer possible, is performance - a few wikis show annotations on article thumbnails, and to do that they now request the file page of each thumbnail in AJAX and process it, which excruciatingly slow. The API can serve metadata for a large number of files in one request and it can do most of the parsing on server side, which is then cached.

In case the question about benefits was serious, I'll try an answer:

  • Raise the mediaviewer's level of encyclopedic value to bring it on par with the projects it serves.
  • Preserve the knowledge and work of many editors who have explained images via annotations.
  • Reduce editors' level of frustration with WMF.

Hmm, the line you refer to also continued with "Can you give some examples of some concrete use cases?" (emphasis by me).
The terms "encyclopedic value" and "on par" probably need elaboration to make them less subjective.
Knowledge is preserved (as it's not deleted). But it is currently not displayed and harder to find. And that's what this task is about.

High-level issues like "editors' frustration with WMF" won't change by fixing a bug report and should go to the appropriate mailing lists or wiki talk pages instead. Thanks! :)

Do I understand correctly that you're asking what is the concrete use of explaining image contents in an encyclopedia?

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@Tgr, I forget at this point. Should it be open? If so, please feel free to re-open.

Change 173627 abandoned by Gergő Tisza:
Parse annotations

Thanks! No point in duplicating functionality then.

Jdforrester-WMF renamed this task from Show image annotations to Show file annotations in MediaViewer.Jul 21 2016, 9:11 PM
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We won't be working on file annotations until we can store them in structured data, so this work is going to wait for a bit. You could work on this based on the current implementation of FileAnnotations, but I wouldn't recommend it, as the implementation will change.

MarkTraceur raised the priority of this task from Low to Needs Triage.Feb 19 2019, 9:37 PM
MarkTraceur moved this task from Production release to Backlog on the FileAnnotations board.