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Fri, May 15

RexxS added a comment to T248457: Fully terminate use of Wikidata item descriptions as short article descriptions for English Wikipedia articles.

I really hope this never happens

There was repeated consensus on this, and if you recall you participated in one. The Foundation handled things badly, but committed to terminating wikidata descriptions when we reached 2 million local descriptions. I expect the result would be Bad all around if the Foundation were to renege.

Yes, my comment there still seems to hold true. "I personally think it is a bad idea and a waste of developer time." Add to that the massive waste of editor time to add those local descriptions, which can't even be copied back to Wikidata due to copyright restrictions. This whole situation sucks.

Fri, May 15, 11:48 PM · Wikidata, MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient

May 1 2020

RexxS added a comment to T69659: TemplateData: TemplateData should have a parameter to support Wikidata.

The reason why The South Pole Telescope has the location "South Pole, Antarctic Treaty area" is that according to Wikidata, the South Pole is not located in Antarctica; it's only located in the administrative territorial entity of the Antarctic Treaty area. That's just a simple mistake in the organisation of Wikidata, and nothing to do with fetching Wikidata for infoboxes. As it stands, no SPARQL query for what's located in Antarctica will give you the South Pole, which is a bit worrying.

May 1 2020, 6:16 PM · Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Israel-Hackers, VisualEditor-MediaWiki, VisualEditor, Wikidata, TemplateData

Apr 7 2020

RexxS added a comment to T249565: Wikidata's wb_items_per_site table has suddenly disappeared, creating DBQueryErrors on page views.

Greetings! I see that some of the articles on the WP work, but many of the articles that I wrote or the rules in the last weeks-days are broken, for example, Ross, Malcolm (balloonist). On occasion, as a regular here is not in the know when they will be restored and will they be restored at all? VD fell off. What to do, where to write, who else to ask? I don't know anyone here :( Sorry if there are errors, I do not know English well.

Apr 7 2020, 12:38 PM · User-Addshore, MW-1.35-notes (1.35.0-wmf.27; 2020-04-07), User-notice, Wikimedia-Incident, User-Ladsgroup, Wikidata-Campsite (Wikidata-Campsite-Iteration-∞), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseRepository, DBA, Wikidata, Wikimedia-production-error, User-DannyS712

Apr 6 2020

RexxS created T249572: Module page reports a database error.
Apr 6 2020, 11:36 PM · Wikimedia-database-error

Mar 30 2020

RexxS added a comment to T184000: Magic word on English WP to override display of Wikidata short description.

It is unfortunate that Wikidata chose to use prose fragment case, as that never gets used in any application that I'm aware of.

I don’t understand why this would be unfortunate. One can trivially convert prose fragment case to the case you desire (by upper-casing the first letter), while the reverse is not-trivial (one cannot just lower-case the first letter, because it might be a proper noun). Or am I missing something else?

Mar 30 2020, 5:01 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-03-13 (1.31.0-wmf.25)), Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata, Community-Tech
RexxS added a comment to T184000: Magic word on English WP to override display of Wikidata short description.

Compared to the 14,986,105 entries with an English label but no English description. How does the bot-added English description "Wikimedia list article" help anyone create a label for Q1831702? or the description "scientific article (publication date: June 2006)" help anyone create a label for Q28242786?

Mar 30 2020, 4:48 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-03-13 (1.31.0-wmf.25)), Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata, Community-Tech

Mar 29 2020

RexxS added a comment to T184000: Magic word on English WP to override display of Wikidata short description.

Wikidata description is to be used with labels, so users in Wikidata will see:

set
fundamental mathematical concept related to the notions of belonging or inclusion

Georgia
state of the United States of America

In addition, not all items have an English label, so adding description will let users know what they are.

Mar 29 2020, 12:06 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-03-13 (1.31.0-wmf.25)), Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata, Community-Tech

Mar 28 2020

RexxS added a comment to T245376: Reflist with embedded refs no longer shown in section preview.

If you look at a large article with lots of references, the usefulness of seeing the references in preview mode is even more obvious. If you look at

Mar 28 2020, 6:56 PM · Cite
RexxS added a comment to T184000: Magic word on English WP to override display of Wikidata short description.

Wikidata is not an application, so I'm not sure of the value of its expectations., I'm unaware of any application that adds the description after the label in the way you describe, Perhaps you can name some examples?

Mar 28 2020, 6:24 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-03-13 (1.31.0-wmf.25)), Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata, Community-Tech
RexxS added a comment to T184000: Magic word on English WP to override display of Wikidata short description.

The advice given to editors adding short descriptions on enwiki is to use the same case as would be used in article titles, e.g. "American politician", "Largest city in England", "eBay Founder". Those are the correct case to use on any sub-heading such the search on mobile and the sub-heading on the Wikipedia App. It is unfortunate that Wikidata chose to use prose fragment case, as that never gets used in any application that I'm aware of.

Mar 28 2020, 4:18 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-03-13 (1.31.0-wmf.25)), Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata, Community-Tech
RexxS added a comment to T184000: Magic word on English WP to override display of Wikidata short description.

Well it didn't seem to cause a problem for all of the statements imported from the various Wikipedias.

Mar 28 2020, 1:54 AM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-03-13 (1.31.0-wmf.25)), Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata, Community-Tech

Mar 27 2020

RexxS added a comment to T184000: Magic word on English WP to override display of Wikidata short description.

The thing is, Mike, that the descriptions on Wikidata are monolingual. There is a separate description for every language, so it's not a matter of a central repository that can be used across all projects. The Wikidata description field is potentially useful for the corresponding language Wikipedia and the handful of multilingual Wikis, so it really doesn't find as many uses as statements do. Also unlike statements, it is not capable of being linked to a reliable source. so there's no inherent mechanism to promote reliability.

Mar 27 2020, 1:55 AM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-03-13 (1.31.0-wmf.25)), Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata, Community-Tech

Mar 23 2020

RexxS added a comment to T184000: Magic word on English WP to override display of Wikidata short description.

Just a "heads-up" that a search on enwiki articles for hastemplate:"short description" yields 2,083,124 results.

Mar 23 2020, 7:30 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-03-13 (1.31.0-wmf.25)), Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata, Community-Tech

Mar 15 2020

RexxS added a comment to T247694: General fixes moves {{short description}} out of [[WP:ORDER]].

Thanks for the report. I don't think it's urgent or crucial, but it would save some to-and-fro on-wiki as editors change back and forth between the two versions. Since applications that reveal the short description such as the "Wikipedia App" render it immediately below the article title and before any other content, I think it makes sense to match that order in the wiki-text. It's a small issue, but would benefit from attention at some point in the future.

Mar 15 2020, 5:31 PM · WorkType-Maintenance, AutoWikiBrowser

Feb 12 2020

RexxS added a comment to T241927: Decide which GCI 2019 mentor to attend GCI Grand Prize winners weekend in June 2020 (before 2020-02-21).

I would decline any consideration for myself. I'd much prefer to let one of our younger mentors get the experience. This year I certainly found Martin and Étienne doing a lot of work on tasks, on IRC and behind the scenes. I'd endorse either of them as first choice, but I know that the others put a lot of effort in as well.

Feb 12 2020, 7:10 PM · Developer-Advocacy (Jan-Mar 2020), Google-Code-in-2019

Oct 29 2019

RexxS added a comment to T236616: Mark fair use images on Wikipedia projects for logged-in users.

I could certainly look at a Lua solution, but I must say that my preference will always be for a solution that works at the user level. Anything running in Lua would normally impact every reader, whereas I think this request is for the benefit of a small number of editors. In these sort of cases, the combination of a small piece of user-loaded JavaScript plus user CSS fits the bill exactly. If @Nirmos's code does the job requested, it would seem to be a better solution than anything I could cook up in Lua.

Oct 29 2019, 3:28 PM · MediaWiki-Interface, Multimedia

Sep 23 2019

RexxS added a comment to T212843: [EPIC] Access to Wikidata's lexicographical data from Wiktionaries and other WMF sites.

We started using Scribunto to read Wikidata items in exactly that way - just loading the entire entity as an object and working from that. There are two downsides that became apparent:

Sep 23 2019, 2:28 PM · Wiktionary, Wikidata, Lexicographical data

Aug 21 2019

RexxS added a comment to T230839: Create mw.wikibase.getDescriptionByLang.

The priority for me would be to have mw.wikibase.getDescriptionByLang with no language fallback (the way that mw.wikibase.getLabelByLang already works). as we already have a request for that functionality.

Aug 21 2019, 12:50 PM · Wikidata-Campsite, Wikibase-Lua, Wikidata

Aug 15 2019

RexxS added a comment to T227557: Lua workshop @ Wikimania hackathon 2019.

For anyone who is experimenting with Lua here is the link I mentioned to the Scribunto reference manual:

Aug 15 2019, 7:49 AM · Wikimania-Hackathon-2019

Aug 4 2019

RexxS added a comment to T164189: Add a show password button.

As I'm not going to be using my main account "on the road", I am only concerned with security of my main account at home where nobody is going to be overlooking my typing. Since my main account passphrase contains over 30 characters, typing blind is becoming noticeably more error-prone as I get older. So I share the concern raised by the OP.

Aug 4 2019, 7:22 PM · Security, Accessibility, Design, MediaWiki-User-login-and-signup

Jul 9 2019

RexxS added a comment to T227559: Wikidata infoboxes workshop @ Wikimania hackathon 2019.

Of course, I'd be happy to present this workshop.

Jul 9 2019, 2:19 PM · Wikimania-Hackathon-2019
RexxS added a comment to T227557: Lua workshop @ Wikimania hackathon 2019.

If we find a couple of assistants as suggested, we could manage a larger audience if the demand was there.

Jul 9 2019, 2:16 PM · Wikimania-Hackathon-2019

Jun 4 2019

RexxS added a comment to T212843: [EPIC] Access to Wikidata's lexicographical data from Wiktionaries and other WMF sites.

I'd like to have a complete collection of api calls exposed to Scribunto. I should be able to get the following:

Jun 4 2019, 9:53 PM · Wiktionary, Wikidata, Lexicographical data

Feb 13 2019

RexxS added a comment to T215728: Suppress a Wikidata value in a Wikipedia article that uses a 'Wikidata by default' infobox _without overwriting it_ in the article Wikitext.

We have functionality that you'd like to have, but that is not implemented at present. I wouldn't call that a bug.

Feb 13 2019, 5:01 PM · Wikidata

Feb 12 2019

RexxS added a comment to T215728: Suppress a Wikidata value in a Wikipedia article that uses a 'Wikidata by default' infobox _without overwriting it_ in the article Wikitext.

You use an infobox based on a module that permits suppression of named fields.

Feb 12 2019, 2:35 PM · Wikidata

Feb 11 2019

RexxS added a comment to T215728: Suppress a Wikidata value in a Wikipedia article that uses a 'Wikidata by default' infobox _without overwriting it_ in the article Wikitext.

I can't do that because your infobox https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorlage:Infobox_Software fetches references directly from Wikidata, which isn't realistic to implement on English Wikipedia, so I haven't implemented it.

Feb 11 2019, 7:03 PM · Wikidata
RexxS added a comment to T215728: Suppress a Wikidata value in a Wikipedia article that uses a 'Wikidata by default' infobox _without overwriting it_ in the article Wikitext.

If you use the WikidataIB module, you have to specify |fetchwikidata=ALL in the article to enable fetching info from Wikidata. That ensures that in each article, there has to be an active effort to "opt-in" to the use of Wikidata.

Feb 11 2019, 5:34 PM · Wikidata

Jan 19 2019

RexxS added a comment to T213585: Images (on articles, on file/category pages, and in the media viewer) should default to use their structured data alt text when available.

As I mentioned during the office hours, it would be sensible to make use of structured data captions in the projects. But I obviously didn't make clear enough that there are two very different and distinct pieces of text associated with images in Wikipedias.

Jan 19 2019, 10:43 AM · User-Tgr, Accessibility, SDC General, Wikidata

Dec 21 2018

RexxS added a comment to T209242: For Lua modules across Wikipedias, allow display of sources from Wikidata and filtering of unreferenced statements across all Wikidata infoboxes.

The English Wikipedia module WikidataIB has the code to filter out by default any statement that is unsourced or whose only source is "Imported from Xyz Wikipedia".

Dec 21 2018, 1:51 PM · Wikidata

May 16 2018

RexxS added a comment to T193857: Support 'noreplace' keyword in {{SHORTDESC}}.

Yes, I've just found that out by testing.

May 16 2018, 2:33 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Patch-For-Review, Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata
RexxS added a comment to T193857: Support 'noreplace' keyword in {{SHORTDESC}}.

Thank you @Tgr.

May 16 2018, 1:58 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Patch-For-Review, Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata

May 4 2018

RexxS added a comment to T193857: Support 'noreplace' keyword in {{SHORTDESC}}.

I see that JJMC89 changed my task name. I would like to know why, as the new name does not make sense to me.

It was renamed because the magic word stores the short description in the database; it does not return anything.

The renaming is because JJMC89 is only considering the functionality of storing a value of prop=description. Perhaps he wasn't aware that the Wikipedia app actually returns the value as rendered text close to the top of the article displayed.

An API/app returns what is in the database.

May 4 2018, 10:12 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Patch-For-Review, Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata
RexxS added a comment to T193857: Support 'noreplace' keyword in {{SHORTDESC}}.

The renaming is because JJMC89 is only considering the functionality of storing a value of prop=description. Perhaps he wasn't aware that the Wikipedia app actually returns the value as rendered text close to the top of the article displayed.

May 4 2018, 9:35 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Patch-For-Review, Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata
RexxS added a comment to T193857: Support 'noreplace' keyword in {{SHORTDESC}}.

If {{SHORTDESC}} appears more than once on an article's page, then the text in the final instance takes precedence.

May 4 2018, 9:31 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Patch-For-Review, Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata

Apr 16 2018

RexxS added a comment to T191531: Create Lua module to expose local short descriptions of pages from other wikis to Lua.

I agree that caching would introduce predictable lag whenever a short description is changed, but I doubt that the descriptions are going going to be changed very often, if at all.

Apr 16 2018, 11:19 AM · Wikidata, MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient

Apr 11 2018

RexxS added a comment to T191531: Create Lua module to expose local short descriptions of pages from other wikis to Lua.

We may be considering different things here. As I understood it, Mike's suggestion was to be able to display English short descriptions in a page on Commons. That would be what you're thinking of as "where it's used". If the code on the Commons page pulled the value of the short description via the API every time the page was reloaded (but not otherwise), I can't see where we would need to notify the Commons page of any potential changes to the value. That's merely the reciprocal of the situation where we don't see that a Commons image has changed until we refresh a Wikipedia page that contains that image.

Apr 11 2018, 7:56 PM · Wikidata, MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient
RexxS added a comment to T191531: Create Lua module to expose local short descriptions of pages from other wikis to Lua.

It was Mike Peel who asked for the capability, not I, but the result is the same.

Apr 11 2018, 4:49 PM · Wikidata, MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient
RexxS added a comment to T191531: Create Lua module to expose local short descriptions of pages from other wikis to Lua.

There have already been requests for short descriptions to be available within the text of a wiki-page, especially for Commons, where a page or category may be linked to an article on a Wikipedia. I can imagine the same functionality being of use in other projects as well.

Apr 11 2018, 12:35 PM · Wikidata, MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient

Apr 3 2018

RexxS added a comment to T191027: Decide app behavior for locally-overridden article descriptions.

It's probably best to consider why we're diverting short descriptions from Wikidata to the local Wikipedia.

Apr 3 2018, 5:08 PM · Wikipedia-Android-App-Backlog (Android-app-release-v2.7.24x-I-Ice-lolly)

Mar 29 2018

RexxS added a comment to T184000: Magic word on English WP to override display of Wikidata short description.

I've now enabled the magic word on some 4600 articles on English Wikipedia:

Mar 29 2018, 6:20 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-06-12 (1.32.0-wmf.8)), Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog, MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-03-13 (1.31.0-wmf.25)), Product-Infrastructure-Team-Backlog (Kanban), MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata, Community-Tech

Mar 6 2018

RexxS added a comment to T182147: more convenience functions for Lua.

The reason why different projects develop different modules is that different communities have different demands. Working on the English Wikipedia has led me to alter the original line of coding that I developed early on.

Mar 6 2018, 5:36 PM · Wikibase-Lua, MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient, Wikidata

Jan 27 2018

RexxS added a comment to T181738: Google Code-in 2017: Collect Feedback and Lessons Learned.

Commenting on Andre's questions/suggestions:

Jan 27 2018, 5:33 PM · Google-Code-in-2017, Developer-Advocacy (Jan-Mar-2018)

Jan 19 2018

RexxS added a comment to T181738: Google Code-in 2017: Collect Feedback and Lessons Learned.

For the task review part: I wonder if each task should have only one or two admins assigned to it and also tasks are equally distributed among admins. And, that way perhaps we would be able to increase slightly the number of tasks that get reviewed before the due date.

Jan 19 2018, 1:49 PM · Google-Code-in-2017, Developer-Advocacy (Jan-Mar-2018)

Jan 10 2018

RexxS added a comment to T181738: Google Code-in 2017: Collect Feedback and Lessons Learned.

I've found the limit of 1500 characters quite restrictive. Taking beginners through their first steps in a new language is rewarding, but requires a lot of detail in the instructions to keep them "on the rails".

Jan 10 2018, 7:30 PM · Google-Code-in-2017, Developer-Advocacy (Jan-Mar-2018)

Jan 6 2018

RexxS added a comment to T184302: Stacked charts don't respect order of axes.

It's probably a feature. :)

Jan 6 2018, 1:19 PM · MediaWiki-extensions-Graph
RexxS renamed T184340: [Lua task #13] Documentation from [Lua task #06] Documentation to [Lua task #13] Documentation.
Jan 6 2018, 1:07 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS added a comment to T184340: [Lua task #13] Documentation.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in-2017

Jan 6 2018, 1:06 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T184340: [Lua task #13] Documentation.
Jan 6 2018, 1:06 PM · Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 29 2017

RexxS added a comment to T183786: [Lua task #12] Find the author.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 29 2017, 6:06 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T183786: [Lua task #12] Find the author.
Dec 29 2017, 6:06 PM · Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 22 2017

RexxS added a comment to T183560: [Lua task #11] Create a general date-handling function.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in 2017.

Dec 22 2017, 3:36 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T183560: [Lua task #11] Create a general date-handling function.
Dec 22 2017, 3:36 PM · Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 18 2017

RexxS added a comment to T181738: Google Code-in 2017: Collect Feedback and Lessons Learned.

From an organisational point-of-view, I'd be interested in hearing other folks' opinions - and that probably should include the students - about tasks marked as Basic. I marked the first of my batch of "Learning Lua" as Basic to try to encourage beginners to try them. This was especially as some students might not find many tasks that they feel they could do, I'm hoping that those students may get some sense of accomplishment, at least.

Dec 18 2017, 12:25 AM · Google-Code-in-2017, Developer-Advocacy (Jan-Mar-2018)
RexxS added a comment to T183103: [Lua task #10] Update code of the "Reign" template on English Wikipedia.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in 2017.

Dec 18 2017, 12:05 AM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T183103: [Lua task #10] Update code of the "Reign" template on English Wikipedia.
Dec 18 2017, 12:04 AM · Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 15 2017

RexxS added a comment to T182998: Lua Task 9 - MediaWiki Libraries.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in 2017.

Dec 15 2017, 4:29 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS updated the task description for T182998: Lua Task 9 - MediaWiki Libraries.
Dec 15 2017, 4:28 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T182998: Lua Task 9 - MediaWiki Libraries.
Dec 15 2017, 4:28 PM · Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 13 2017

RexxS added a comment to T182836: Lua Task 8 - Lua Tables.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in 2017.

Dec 13 2017, 11:37 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T182836: Lua Task 8 - Lua Tables.
Dec 13 2017, 11:37 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS added a comment to T182833: Lua Task 7 - Repeating code.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in 2017.

Dec 13 2017, 10:40 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T182833: Lua Task 7 - Repeating code.
Dec 13 2017, 10:38 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
Jayprakash12345 awarded T182775: Lua Task 6 - Tests a Barnstar token.
Dec 13 2017, 5:48 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS updated the task description for T182775: Lua Task 6 - Tests.
Dec 13 2017, 5:45 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS added a comment to T182775: Lua Task 6 - Tests.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in 2017.

Dec 13 2017, 3:02 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T182775: Lua Task 6 - Tests.
Dec 13 2017, 3:02 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS added a comment to T182771: Lua Task 5 - Calculations.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in 2017.

Dec 13 2017, 2:13 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T182771: Lua Task 5 - Calculations.
Dec 13 2017, 2:11 PM · Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 12 2017

RexxS added a comment to T182644: [Lua task #4] Passing information to your Lua module.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 12 2017, 12:30 AM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T182644: [Lua task #4] Passing information to your Lua module.
Dec 12 2017, 12:30 AM · Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 10 2017

RexxS removed a watcher for Google-Code-in-2017: RexxS.
Dec 10 2017, 8:09 PM

Dec 6 2017

RexxS added a comment to T182255: Create your own Lua module on English Wikipedia [Lua step 3 of 3].

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 6 2017, 10:29 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS added a comment to T182248: [Lua task #2] Use Lua on English Wikipedia.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 6 2017, 10:29 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS added a comment to T182246: [Lua task #1] Set up your sandbox for programming in Lua on English Wikipedia.

I will mentor this in Google-Code-in-2017

Dec 6 2017, 10:28 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS added a watcher for Google-Code-in-2017: RexxS.
Dec 6 2017, 10:27 PM
RexxS added a comment to T179225: Convert MediaWiki templates on Commons to make them translateable.

Well, the root category for Commons templates is at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Commons_templates

Dec 6 2017, 10:21 PM · Commons, Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T182255: Create your own Lua module on English Wikipedia [Lua step 3 of 3].
Dec 6 2017, 9:29 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T182248: [Lua task #2] Use Lua on English Wikipedia.
Dec 6 2017, 9:04 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
D3r1ck01 awarded T182246: [Lua task #1] Set up your sandbox for programming in Lua on English Wikipedia a Like token.
Dec 6 2017, 9:02 PM · Google-Code-in-2017
RexxS created T182246: [Lua task #1] Set up your sandbox for programming in Lua on English Wikipedia.
Dec 6 2017, 8:59 PM · Google-Code-in-2017

Nov 24 2017

RexxS added a comment to T181173: Improve accessibility by encouraging editors to add captions to tables.

The |+ is of course the wiki-markup for a caption, so there's nothing more cryptic about it than any other markup.

Nov 24 2017, 12:05 PM · MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-11-28 (1.31.0-wmf.10)), User-Ryasmeen, Contributors-UX-Research, VisualEditor, Accessibility, VisualEditor-EditingTools, VisualEditor-Tables

Nov 22 2017

RexxS added a comment to T181173: Improve accessibility by encouraging editors to add captions to tables.

Many screen readers have the ability to call up a list of table captions and allow the user to jump directly to a table, which is very helpful for users who wish to revisit a table, or just look up information from a particular table. Where a table immediately follows a section heading, the caption becomes somewhat redundant if it simply repeats the heading, because screen readers can generally navigate to particular sections (and many users will be accustomed to navigating Wikipedia articles in that manner).

Nov 22 2017, 8:57 PM · MW-1.31-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-11-28 (1.31.0-wmf.10)), User-Ryasmeen, Contributors-UX-Research, VisualEditor, Accessibility, VisualEditor-EditingTools, VisualEditor-Tables

Nov 18 2017

RexxS added a comment to T180867: Support scope for columns and rows in tables.

The choice of cells for markup for row headers and row scope is rather more problematical. Priority should be on adding scope for column headers as that should be easily achievable and much less likely to encounter opposition.

Nov 18 2017, 11:40 AM · VisualEditor, VisualEditor-Tables

Aug 5 2017

RexxS updated the task description for T170553: [Wikimania doc sprint] Focus: Wikidata in Wikipedia.
Aug 5 2017, 6:48 PM · Wikibase-Lua, Wikidata, Documentation, Wikimania-Hackathon-2017

Apr 15 2017

RexxS added a comment to T64671: VisualEditor: Be able to set an item's size in upright terms in the media edit dialog.

I think that whatever solution is reached, it should comply with relevant policies on the Wikipedias that are affected by it. On enwiki, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Image_use_policy#Displayed_image_size), the following policy is in place:

Apr 15 2017, 5:34 PM · Patch-For-Review, VisualEditor, VisualEditor-EditingTools

Jun 30 2016

RexxS added a comment to T76229: [Story] create demo infoboxes.

On English Wikipedia we have https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Module:Wikidata and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Module:WikidataIB as examples of using Lua to get values from Wikidata. Each of them deals with multiple values for a property reasonably well in most cases, particularly when the values represent items that are internally wiki-linked.

Jun 30 2016, 4:17 PM · Wikibase-Lua, Wikimania-Hackathon-2016, Story, patch-welcome, Wikidata, MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseClient

Apr 13 2016

RexxS added a comment to T91201: Accessibility settings/preferences.

Just to answer the question in your example: although all text is related to a font-size setting, images are generally not sized in relation to the base font size. In other words, zoom is not synonymous with changing font size. Of course registered users wanting to change the balance between image size and font size don't need buttons to change font size, as they can set different default image sizes in their preferences.

Apr 13 2016, 9:46 PM · Wikimania-Hackathon-2016, Wikimania-Hackathon-2015, MediaWiki-User-preferences, Design, Accessibility, Wikimedia-Hackathon-2015

Mar 27 2016

RexxS added a comment to T103092: [Story] research editing on clients.

One of the problems that you will encounter is that the contents of an infobox are ultimately subject to consensus on individual articles (on the English Wikipedia at least). That implies, for example, that a "town template" can't have "country_required=true" coded into it as that level of decision-making is presently delegated to individual articles that use the template. The best we could accomplish without further central consensus is to ensure that an individual article can set something like "|country=_NODISPLAY_" which would override any template settings and suppress the display of the country field.

Mar 27 2016, 8:47 PM · Community-Wishlist-Survey-2016, Story, Wikidata

Sep 23 2015

RexxS added a comment to T109915: Improve color palette to comply with WCAG 2.0 min level AA and color-deficiency-friendly. .

The point about AAA-compliance is that we should be reaching it unless it is impractical to do so, when we can fall back to AA levels. Normally where we are simply picking a background/foreground combination, there is never a reason good enough to not comply with AAA, but when we have two different text colours that have to be distinguishable from each other as well as the background, there will arise circumstances when AAA is simply not possible. One example is when you are obliged to stick with greyscale or a single hue. There just isn't sufficient room for the contrast required by AAA at normal text sizes.

Sep 23 2015, 11:38 PM · MW-1.28-release-notes, MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-09-20_(1.28.0-wmf.20)), User-notice, OOUI (OOjs-UI-0.17.9), UI-Standardization-Kanban, Accessibility, UI-Standardization

May 11 2015

RexxS added a comment to T57674: No paragraphs/linebreaks in references by inserting empty lines.

This issue manifests itself most often when using "bundled references" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citing_sources#Bundling_citations - where a single citation calls up multiple sources. Semantically references are a list and what we really ought to be doing is for the bundled references to be a nested list within one item of the overall list. However, the visual presentation of references is often the dominant factor among editors and they try to make each reference in the bundle display on a new line. This is sometimes implemented by inserting a raw <p> tag into the wikitext to create a paragraph and that is (i) semantically incorrect; and (ii) an annoyance for users of screen readers. Using <br> is similarly problematical.

May 11 2015, 1:13 PM · Parsoid, Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-Parser