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Simple Wikisource app, search and epub output
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My thoughts for a mobile app for the Wikisources is something that allows for a search in the language of interest then pulls a dynamic download of an epub version of the work from https://wsexport.wmflabs.org/tool/book.php

I was thinking something simple

  • language choice
  • api search in the main namespace
  • select work to output (whole work or subpage of work) and generate epub

I wasn't thinking that any mobile app would do editing as at this stage it is not something easy to do on a smaller mobile app, and bigger movile devices can use inbuilt browsers.


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Severity: enhancement

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Could you explain why this was filed under "Wikipedia App" as this seems to be about Wikisource? Does somebody plan to work on a Wikisource app?

This is invalid. This component is for bugs and feature requests in the Wikipedia app, not for requests for new apps.

The bug itself is fine, just move it into a different component rather than closing it as invalid.

(In reply to Dan Garry from comment #2)

This is invalid. This component is for bugs and feature requests in the
Wikipedia app, not for requests for new apps.

Then maybe you should change the descriptive element at

https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/enter_bug.cgi

as at this stage it says
Wikipedia App: Mobile applications for Wikipedia / Wiktionary / Wikisource

which the request would validly fall within.

Thanks; I've fixed the description.

(In reply to billinghurst from comment #4)

Then maybe you should change the descriptive element at

https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/enter_bug.cgi

as at this stage it says
Wikipedia App: Mobile applications for Wikipedia / Wiktionary / Wikisource

which the request would validly fall within.

Thanks for spotting that!

(In reply to Andre Klapper from comment #5)

Thanks; I've fixed the description.

And thanks for fixing it!

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It does not make sense to restrict this to mobile.
Thanks,

GerardM

At this point in time, the WSEXPORT tool is available for all English Wikisource works, and from a browser one can generate an EPUB/MOBI/PDF version, so for normal browsers and for mobile browsers, so in that regard it is not limited to mobile.

For mobile, where many do read, and it is very hard to edit off scans, it makes sense to have a simple app that allows searching for and reading of works.

The wsexport tool also has the beginnings of support for OPDS, with which ebook software (such as FBReader) can read catalogues of books. (I'm not sure how much more work is required for full OPDS support in wsexport).

So, perhaps we needn't produce our own app, but just make things available in all the right ways — and have lots of information about how people can use others' apps to read our books?