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SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

We now have a good dataset of pages which would be affected by the bot. We plan to only run it on a limited number of pages and I've got details of all the equations which will be affected /home/salixalba/2018/all_*.txt.

Wed, Jun 20, 8:07 PM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

Thu, Jun 14

SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

I've modified the mathwikibot.py as there are some awkward cases like

Thu, Jun 14, 10:11 PM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T137790: Add very long arrows to the math mode.

There are some exotic arrows used in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exact_sequence#Properties

Thu, Jun 14, 5:19 AM · Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T137790: Add very long arrows to the math mode.

A workaround is to use \xrightarrow{\quad} with various spacing in the brackets

Thu, Jun 14, 4:55 AM · Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T137788: Add the middle command to math symbols.

The \middle command does have a fairly good workaround, manually specifying the size using \big|, \Big|, \bigg| or \Bigg| for increasing sizes. Other bugs are harder, people are working to remove the textvc limitation but its hard

Thu, Jun 14, 4:52 AM · Math

Wed, Jun 13

SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

3.8 billion equations, seems rather high. I'm getting roughly the same numbers as you now for enwiki I get 1050627.

Wed, Jun 13, 6:29 PM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

I've now successfully run my script on all wiki's. 6,608,695 math equations across the all projects. 554 out of 885 projects have some maths.

Wed, Jun 13, 2:14 PM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

Sun, Jun 10

SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

We do need to think about the process for deprecating and eventually replacing syntax. I guess first we should list the syntax we wish to deprecate. I've started a list at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Math/Roadmap#Deprecated_syntax. Are there any bugs relating to this.

Sun, Jun 10, 5:49 AM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

Sat, Jun 9

SalixAlba created T196815: Document uploading SSH keys to Striker / Toolsadmin.
Sat, Jun 9, 2:57 PM · Documentation, Toolforge
SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

Just wondering if it would be possible to add an automated tracking category for deprecate syntax, similar to the way syntax errors are handled. This would make it easier to check there was no outdated syntax rather than running expensive scripts on Labs.

Sat, Jun 9, 6:51 AM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

Wed, Jun 6

SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

@SalixAlba I had a look at your script and it looks good. The problem with my script was due to <centering> and <ce> confusion and self terminating <math /> tags in bot translated articles e.g. in Afrikaans wiki. After some other troubles yesterday I was able to run my script as well, so I now have a list of original latex strings (tools-login.wmflabs.org:/home/debenben/output/*_math.txt) of all mediawiki projects except wikidata, (for some reason only testwikidata was included in the dump files).

Wed, Jun 6, 4:25 PM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

Tue, Jun 5

SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

For comparision in 2014 there were 571,891 equations on 35615 pages (30462 articles).

Tue, Jun 5, 12:34 PM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

OK I've managed to rerun my script.

Tue, Jun 5, 12:31 PM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

I also have a script on wikimedia labs which runs through a database dump and extracts all the expressions. Last run in 2014, I'll run it on the latest working dump. They split the enwiki dump in to several chunks like
/public/dumps/public/enwiki/20180601/enwiki-20180601-pages-articles1.xml-p10p30302.bz2

Tue, Jun 5, 8:11 AM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

Wed, May 30

SalixAlba added a comment to T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.

Sounds good, count me in.

Wed, May 30, 3:37 PM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math
SalixAlba updated the task description for T195861: Create a committee to improve the math support in Wikimedia projects.
Wed, May 30, 3:37 PM · User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

May 17 2018

SalixAlba created T194905: Math Render Error with <math>{}</math>.
May 17 2018, 10:13 PM · Math

May 11 2018

SalixAlba added a comment to T155125: Replace all usages of <ce> with <chem> on wiki.

I've now fixed them all on en wiki. With little help from JavascriptWikiBrowser.

May 11 2018, 6:54 AM · Math

Mar 3 2018

SalixAlba added a comment to T185552: Math rendering behavior change for \limits.

A previous workaround was

Mar 3 2018, 12:50 PM · Mathoid, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T185552: Math rendering behavior change for \limits.

There was a discussion on this at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Mathematics/Typography#Apparent_bug_in_rendering_\operatorname*

Mar 3 2018, 12:48 PM · Mathoid, Math

Mar 1 2018

SalixAlba created T188598: Support @ character in math mode.
Mar 1 2018, 8:45 AM · Mathoid, Math

Feb 26 2018

SalixAlba created T188330: VisualEditor should not insert empty parameters from the TemplateData dialog.
Feb 26 2018, 10:39 PM · TemplateData, VisualEditor
SalixAlba added a comment to T58889: VisualEditor: Improve the message for parameters that have no TemplateData.

There are very many templates where the TemplateData description is incomplete and some parameters are just not documented. Some better description than unknown would be good - perhaphs "undocumented".

Feb 26 2018, 10:23 PM · VisualEditor, VisualEditor-EditingTools
SalixAlba added a comment to T52368: TempateData: Provide a way to list all documented (and undocumented) templates on a wiki (beyond Special:PagesWithProp/templatedata).

On en.wikipedia there is a page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:TemplateData/List where all pages with TemplateData sections are displayed. This is periodically created from a script https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Salix_alba/TDList.js which in turn uses the page with props api call.

Feb 26 2018, 7:22 AM · VisualEditor-MediaWiki, VisualEditor, TemplateData

Feb 23 2018

SalixAlba added a comment to T185552: Math rendering behavior change for \limits.

The desired behaviour of \operatorname followed by \limits was a MathJax bug which is now fixed (so can't be used as a workaround) https://github.com/mathjax/MathJax/issues/1225

Feb 23 2018, 6:55 AM · Mathoid, Math

Jan 6 2018

SalixAlba added a comment to T140217: Adjust texvcjs to prevent whitespace modifications in ce-tags.

I guess this is not going to be a big problem. It likely the only example on Wikipedia which was quickly detected by inclusion in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Articles_with_math_render_errors

Jan 6 2018, 10:44 PM · Patch-For-Review, Texvcjs
SalixAlba added a comment to T140217: Adjust texvcjs to prevent whitespace modifications in ce-tags.

Not sure if its quite related to this bug but

Jan 6 2018, 6:30 AM · Patch-For-Review, Texvcjs

Nov 14 2017

SalixAlba created T180542: TemplateData presentation in fields with many aliases.
Nov 14 2017, 11:50 PM · TemplateData, VisualEditor

Nov 12 2017

SalixAlba created T180302: Using \left( ... \right) in <chem> environment: "TeX parse error: Missing or unrecognized delimiter for \left".
Nov 12 2017, 3:59 PM · Math

Jun 16 2017

SalixAlba added a comment to T136812: Sporadic Math<->RB connection problems.

I've created https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Articles_with_math_render_errors and a couple of talk pages have appeared in there with what appear to be syntax error, but no restbase connection errors..

Jun 16 2017, 6:58 AM · Services (done), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-05-23_(1.30.0-wmf.2)), Patch-For-Review, User-mobrovac, RESTBase, Mathoid, Math

Mar 18 2017

SalixAlba added a comment to T136812: Sporadic Math<->RB connection problems.

Just to update occurrence of problems relating to this bug. I've just looked at

Mar 18 2017, 11:17 AM · Services (done), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-05-23_(1.30.0-wmf.2)), Patch-For-Review, User-mobrovac, RESTBase, Mathoid, Math

Mar 2 2017

SalixAlba added a comment to T136812: Sporadic Math<->RB connection problems.

I occasionally check the tracking categories. For the last few weeks they have been clear, but you do still get occasional batches of articles failing. I've recently seen 20+ articles in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Articles_with_math_errors most seem to actually be OK when I look at the article with maybe five requiring a null edit to fix. I did fix a batch at the end of Jan.

Mar 2 2017, 6:06 PM · Services (done), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-05-23_(1.30.0-wmf.2)), Patch-For-Review, User-mobrovac, RESTBase, Mathoid, Math

Jan 3 2017

SalixAlba created T154502: MathJax internal buffer size exceeded.
Jan 3 2017, 6:13 PM · Math

Dec 16 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T96323: Please make me a list of commonly used templates in Wikipedia articles.

I've run a modified version if IKhitron's query on en-wiki The query is at https://quarry.wmflabs.org/query/14837 and the results are at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:TemplateData#Top_templates_with_no_template_data.

Dec 16 2016, 2:20 PM · User-Ryasmeen, VisualEditor, Contributors-Analysis, TemplateData, WMF-Product-Development-Process, Community-Liaisons

Oct 15 2016

SalixAlba created T148304: Incorrect spacing for \mathbin and \mathrel.
Oct 15 2016, 10:00 PM · Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T148271: \bmod does not work.

Following a discussion at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Mathematics#.5Cbmod_does_not_work. it seems like this is an old bug with the texvc renderer. Hardy is using that setting for his preference. It works fine with the MathML/SVG renderer.

Oct 15 2016, 8:52 PM · Math

Jul 12 2016

SalixAlba created T140171: "Waiting for available socket" in Math heavy pages.
Jul 12 2016, 10:18 PM · Math

Jul 1 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T136812: Sporadic Math<->RB connection problems.

The problem seems to be the \emph{w} syntax. This syntax is not listed on the supported latex at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Displaying_a_formula and is not suported by MathJax.

Jul 1 2016, 12:12 PM · Services (done), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-05-23_(1.30.0-wmf.2)), Patch-For-Review, User-mobrovac, RESTBase, Mathoid, Math

Jun 28 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T49037: Add tracking category to pages with errors in <math>.

It is a little annoying. But I'm convinced it is worth the extra effort. In time the number of false positives will go down and each page is re-rendered. Some talk pages which discuss rendering errors will remain.

Jun 28 2016, 7:22 PM · User-notice, Math

Jun 24 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T136812: Sporadic Math<->RB connection problems.

The new teaching category https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Pages_with_math_errors
makes it easy to watch for changes.

Jun 24 2016, 2:18 AM · Services (done), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-05-23_(1.30.0-wmf.2)), Patch-For-Review, User-mobrovac, RESTBase, Mathoid, Math

Jun 23 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T49037: Add tracking category to pages with errors in <math>.

It looks like this is fixed in T134872 by https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/292576 We can probably close this as a duplicate.

Jun 23 2016, 2:13 PM · User-notice, Math

Jun 22 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T49037: Add tracking category to pages with errors in <math>.

So we now seem to have [[Category:Pages with math errors]] on en wiki at least.

Jun 22 2016, 9:14 PM · User-notice, Math

Jun 9 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T136932: enwiki:Ordered_weighted_averaging_aggregation_operator parsing failing for Mathoid.

A simpler test case is

Jun 9 2016, 5:07 PM · User-mobrovac, Mathoid, Math
SalixAlba merged T137428: \mathop vee \limits_a^b into T136932: enwiki:Ordered_weighted_averaging_aggregation_operator parsing failing for Mathoid.
Jun 9 2016, 3:55 PM · User-mobrovac, Mathoid, Math
SalixAlba merged task T137428: \mathop vee \limits_a^b into T136932: enwiki:Ordered_weighted_averaging_aggregation_operator parsing failing for Mathoid.
Jun 9 2016, 3:55 PM · Mathoid, User-mobrovac, Math
SalixAlba lowered the priority of T137428: \mathop vee \limits_a^b from High to Low.
Jun 9 2016, 3:53 PM · Mathoid, User-mobrovac, Math
SalixAlba created T137428: \mathop vee \limits_a^b.
Jun 9 2016, 3:35 PM · Mathoid, User-mobrovac, Math

Jun 6 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T132885: Create Math tracking category.

There is a more specific category T49037 for a category for pages with maths error. Thats more important to me than this one.

Jun 6 2016, 10:12 PM · Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T136812: Sporadic Math<->RB connection problems.

There is a task T49037 for a tracking category for errors in math formula. With something like that it would be easier to find and fix error. I'm not sure if its technically possible for this situation when errors occur without there being an edit.

Jun 6 2016, 10:07 PM · Services (done), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-05-23_(1.30.0-wmf.2)), Patch-For-Review, User-mobrovac, RESTBase, Mathoid, Math

Jun 4 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T131177: Enable MathML by default.

This change means that it is no longer possible to copy and paste math (from Chrome at least). It might help to make the SVG fallback an actual inline image, but I can't even seem to get that to copy and paste.

I know a lot of people that copy and paste equations from Wikimedia sites (WP and WB) as a quick and easy way of displaying them in presentations and the like, and this is going to break that.

Jun 4 2016, 9:39 AM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

Jun 2 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T131177: Enable MathML by default.

Update with regard to 3: It took a while but we got plenty of feedback now. As a result we reconsidered to decision to delver MathML as default for firefox users. Now they get SVG's as well and need to install a add on which provides really good MathML support.

Jun 2 2016, 3:51 PM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T136812: Sporadic Math<->RB connection problems.

A search on google
https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=%22Failed+to+parse%22+site:wikipedia.org
gives about 1800 result.

Jun 2 2016, 3:19 PM · Services (done), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-05-23_(1.30.0-wmf.2)), Patch-For-Review, User-mobrovac, RESTBase, Mathoid, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T136812: Sporadic Math<->RB connection problems.

They happened on
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Salix_alba/sandbox&direction=next&oldid=723079790
it occurred for a period of about 30 min at roughly 22 hours UTC last night. The same page rendered fine later.

Jun 2 2016, 11:33 AM · Services (done), MW-1.30-release-notes (WMF-deploy-2017-05-23_(1.30.0-wmf.2)), Patch-For-Review, User-mobrovac, RESTBase, Mathoid, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T136685: Can't parse array elements.

Just a standard webpage with normal mathjax

Jun 2 2016, 9:27 AM · User-Ryasmeen, Texvcjs, Mathoid, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T136685: Can't parse array elements.

The way these appear in standard latex is shown below

Jun 2 2016, 9:17 AM · User-Ryasmeen, Texvcjs, Mathoid, Math
SalixAlba added a project to T136806: \text{[h]} creates a syntax error: Math.
Jun 2 2016, 8:47 AM · Mathoid, Texvcjs
SalixAlba created T136806: \text{[h]} creates a syntax error.
Jun 2 2016, 8:47 AM · Mathoid, Texvcjs
SalixAlba added a comment to T136685: Can't parse array elements.

I did a scan of my 2014 dump of the english wikipedia and found no instances of the [h] parameter, but there was one instance of \begin{array}[l] in
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_angular_momentum_of_light
which I've fixed.

Jun 2 2016, 6:24 AM · User-Ryasmeen, Texvcjs, Mathoid, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T131177: Enable MathML by default.

I'm not sure about a banner but It should probably go in the Tech news https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Tech/News
which appear in the Signpost and elsewhere.

Jun 2 2016, 6:18 AM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

Jun 1 2016

SalixAlba reopened T131177: Enable MathML by default as "Open".

I'm still getting sporadic

"Math extension cannot connect to Restbase."

and

Failed to parse (Conversion error. Server ("https://en.wikipedia.org/api/rest_") reported: "Cannot get mml. Server problem."): R_{2}

errors. I get a different set of errors each time I press "Show preview" without changing the text.

Jun 1 2016, 6:59 PM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T136685: Can't parse array elements.

Its the option [h] parameter in

\begin{array}[h]{rcl}

remove that and things work fine

\begin{array}{rcl}
Jun 1 2016, 8:41 AM · User-Ryasmeen, Texvcjs, Mathoid, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T131177: Enable MathML by default.

Seems like its the optional parameter

\begin{arrray}{rcl} ...

works fine but

\begin{arrray}[h]{rcl} ...

fails. I'm not sure what the parameter did and can see any difference or any documentation for the syntax.

Jun 1 2016, 8:40 AM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

May 31 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T131177: Enable MathML by default.

This has also been discussed on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#MathML_glitch
it seems like some edits are corrupting the mathematics in some pages, and the pages needed to be purged. It seems to be articles which were edited at around 22:22 on 31 May 2016

May 31 2016, 11:12 PM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T131177: Enable MathML by default.

Further to the above. My preference was set to "MathML with SVG or PNG fallback" before the rollout. When I started editing in the source editor the preview was full of red error messages. These persisted when saving.

May 31 2016, 9:45 PM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T131177: Enable MathML by default.

It very very broken at the moment. On en.wikipedia.org

May 31 2016, 9:29 PM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

May 27 2016

SalixAlba added a subtask for T131177: Enable MathML by default: T136407: VE does not display maths equations when switching to from source editor to VE.
May 27 2016, 1:15 PM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math
SalixAlba added a parent task for T136407: VE does not display maths equations when switching to from source editor to VE: T131177: Enable MathML by default.
May 27 2016, 1:15 PM · MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-06-07_(1.28.0-wmf.5)), MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-05-31_(1.28.0-wmf.4)), VisualEditor, Math
SalixAlba created T136407: VE does not display maths equations when switching to from source editor to VE.
May 27 2016, 1:14 PM · MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-06-07_(1.28.0-wmf.5)), MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-05-31_(1.28.0-wmf.4)), VisualEditor, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T131177: Enable MathML by default.

Just wondering how this works with VE. Currently when editing with VE on mediawiki.org (which I beleive has the new system). The VE displays existing equations in PNG mode, but if you edit them it seems to switch to SVG mode. After a save re-editing seems to all be in SVG mode. I'm also seeing more space than I'd like around display equations in VE

May 27 2016, 8:13 AM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

May 7 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T131177: Enable MathML by default.

Ok. What are you expecting to happen? Just ignore the command? For me throwing an exception seems the right thing to do.

May 7 2016, 12:46 PM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

May 6 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T131177: Enable MathML by default.

Should the title be changed as it's really more enable SVG by default. No browsers are getting MathML.

May 6 2016, 6:29 PM · User-notice, Wikimedia-Site-requests, Community-consensus-needed, User-mobrovac, Patch-For-Review, Math

Apr 14 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T132736: [Regression 1.27.0-wmf.21] Quick Edit button in the math popup in VE dies on load.

It looks like there is a typo in "executeComamnd" which I guess should be "executeCommand".

Apr 14 2016, 11:31 PM · Verified-in-Phase2, Verified-in-Phase0, Verified, MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-06-07_(1.28.0-wmf.5)), MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-05-31_(1.28.0-wmf.4)), MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-05-24_(1.28.0-wmf.3)), Math, VisualEditor
SalixAlba created T132736: [Regression 1.27.0-wmf.21] Quick Edit button in the math popup in VE dies on load.
Apr 14 2016, 11:29 PM · Verified-in-Phase2, Verified-in-Phase0, Verified, MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-06-07_(1.28.0-wmf.5)), MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-05-31_(1.28.0-wmf.4)), MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-05-24_(1.28.0-wmf.3)), Math, VisualEditor

Apr 7 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T130508: <math> tags don’t work in wikilinks in MathML mode.

Is this fixed? It is displaying the correct formula now.

Apr 7 2016, 2:34 PM · MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2016-03-29_(1.27.0-wmf.19)), Patch-For-Review, Math

Mar 21 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T130508: <math> tags don’t work in wikilinks in MathML mode.

There is a discussion at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VPT#Math_inside_wikilinks_broken.3F related to this issue. T27417 and T103269 have been mentioned.

Mar 21 2016, 4:36 PM · MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2016-03-29_(1.27.0-wmf.19)), Patch-For-Review, Math

Feb 28 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T123110: Diff: highlights everything in a long line.

The issue of long lines in diff's has come up on Jimbo's talk page
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Jimbo_Wales&oldid=707364953 Section "We have to fix the software, nobody else will"

Feb 28 2016, 2:13 PM · MediaWiki-History-or-Diffs

Feb 4 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T117499: Check documentation for the TemplateData editor for completeness, accuracy, and ease of understanding by adding TemplateData to templates on Wikipedia.

I've fixed up the goal template. Template data is not a good fit when it uses many positional parameters basically you want to do something like

Feb 4 2016, 10:41 PM · VisualEditor-MediaWiki, VisualEditor, Google-Code-In-2015, Easy, Documentation, Community-Liaisons, TemplateData

Jan 27 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T52656: TemplateData: Parse wikicode and/or HTML in interface text.

Providing a link to the template documentation page would be useful for some complex templates like https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Coord which is almost impossible to describe using TemplateData. This is bug T51772.

Jan 27 2016, 6:47 AM · VisualEditor-MediaWiki, VisualEditor, TemplateData

Jan 4 2016

SalixAlba added a comment to T118616: [Objective] Improve support for math editing by improving the UX of the Math extension and researching its usability.

A lot of blocking tasks have been removed, without explanation. This leaves some questions

Jan 4 2016, 6:40 AM · Category, Epic, Math, VisualEditor-MediaWiki, VisualEditor

Dec 17 2015

SalixAlba created T121762: MWException in maths expression involving \binom in a \limits subscript..
Dec 17 2015, 2:20 PM · Mathoid, Math

Dec 6 2015

SalixAlba added a comment to T111712: Provide an "indented display" styling for formulæ in lieu of the ":<math>" hack.

(2) it is awkward to write compared to :<math>

It is a bit longer, but :<math> is semantically just plain wrong. We need to keep the wikitext sensible, but abusing other features (definition lists) to achieve the desired styling is untenable.

Dec 6 2015, 3:52 PM · Patch-For-Review, Design, Math

Nov 26 2015

SalixAlba updated subscribers of T119432: Percent-encoded URLs to Wikipedia articles don't get converted to linked articles if you paste them into the article body..
Nov 26 2015, 6:50 AM · VisualEditor-CopyPaste, VisualEditor, VisualEditor-MediaWiki-Links
SalixAlba added a comment to T118616: [Objective] Improve support for math editing by improving the UX of the Math extension and researching its usability.

My first though on trying the editor on http://en.wikipedia.beta.wmflabs.org/wiki/Equation?veaction=edit relates to T59437: "Allow the VE dialog for math elements to be movable and resizable".

Nov 26 2015, 6:45 AM · Category, Epic, Math, VisualEditor-MediaWiki, VisualEditor
SalixAlba updated subscribers of T118616: [Objective] Improve support for math editing by improving the UX of the Math extension and researching its usability.
Nov 26 2015, 6:16 AM · Category, Epic, Math, VisualEditor-MediaWiki, VisualEditor

Nov 20 2015

SalixAlba updated subscribers of T117713: Switching from a WT section edit to VE only switches with the wikitext of the section, not the article.
Nov 20 2015, 8:09 PM · MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-11-17_(1.27.0-wmf.7)), MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-12-08_(1.27.0-wmf.8)), MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-11-10_(1.27.0-wmf.6)), MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-11-03_(1.27.0-wmf.5)), VisualEditor-MediaWiki, VisualEditor

Nov 4 2015

SalixAlba added a comment to T117499: Check documentation for the TemplateData editor for completeness, accuracy, and ease of understanding by adding TemplateData to templates on Wikipedia.

I've now updated the list at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:TemplateData/List well over 1000 templates have now had template data added. There are still plenty of high use templates yet to do.

Nov 4 2015, 12:06 AM · VisualEditor-MediaWiki, VisualEditor, Google-Code-In-2015, Easy, Documentation, Community-Liaisons, TemplateData

Sep 30 2015

SalixAlba updated subscribers of T114156: Add Citoid support to RefToolbar gadget.
Sep 30 2015, 4:07 AM · Community-Tech, Community-Tech-fixes, Citoid

Sep 29 2015

SalixAlba added a comment to T94223: Add wikitext support for citoid for automatic reference insertion.

I think we should stick to this task. Integrating citoid with the existing editors. I would start targeting the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:Edit_toolbar which already has quite a workable citation features. Extending that to use citoid would be a quite short manageable product which real short term benefits. I know nothing about the standard wikitext editor and the edit toolbar so I'm not sure how complex that part of the task is or even which project its part of.

Sep 29 2015, 6:47 PM
SalixAlba added a comment to T94223: Add wikitext support for citoid for automatic reference insertion.

Adding this as a cross-wiki reference mechanism depends quite a lot on how references are done on other non-English wikis. I suspect other wikis use a similar system to the English one. Italian and Spanish have a {{cita web}} template which looks like a direct copy of the English {{cite web}}.

Sep 29 2015, 11:52 AM

Sep 17 2015

SalixAlba added a comment to T111712: Provide an "indented display" styling for formulæ in lieu of the ":<math>" hack.

If we made display=block the default, we'd need to go change the (relatively few) inline examples, but it'd be a lot easier in future (in fact, there'd be one fewer characters to write for the default case).

Sep 17 2015, 10:22 PM · Patch-For-Review, Design, Math

Sep 15 2015

SalixAlba added a comment to T106310: List requirements for a visual VisualEditor plugin tool to add/edit maths blocks.

Are we thinking of a editor for the raw LaTeX or are we looking at some sort of gui like words equation editor?

The latter.

Sep 15 2015, 7:32 PM · Math, VisualEditor, VisualEditor-MediaWiki-Plugins, Epic
SalixAlba created T112610: The LaTeX formula inspector jumps around a lot when making mistakes and stopping typing whilst editing large formula.
Sep 15 2015, 5:48 AM · Verified, MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-10-06_(1.27.0-wmf.2)), Math, VisualEditor-EditingTools, VisualEditor

Sep 14 2015

SalixAlba added a comment to T106310: List requirements for a visual VisualEditor plugin tool to add/edit maths blocks.

Is this going to be a new product to the one already there? Are we thinking of a editor for the raw LaTeX or are we looking at some sort of gui like words equation editor? (Most of wiki-project maths are only interested in the former

Sep 14 2015, 11:51 PM · Math, VisualEditor, VisualEditor-MediaWiki-Plugins, Epic

Sep 13 2015

SalixAlba closed T108388: SVG fallback images failing on chrome/safari on mac as Resolved.
Sep 13 2015, 6:21 PM · WMF-deploy-2015-08-18_(1.26wmf19), Patch-For-Review, Math

Sep 10 2015

SalixAlba added a comment to T111712: Provide an "indented display" styling for formulæ in lieu of the ":<math>" hack.

Just to slightly update the CSS. You need
.mwe-math-fallback-image-display,
.mwe-math-mathml-display {

margin-left: 1.6em !important;
margin-top: 0.6em;
margin-bottom: 0.6em;

}
.mwe-math-mathml-display math {

display: inline;

}
To get the top and bottom margins to match the DL style. The values seem accurate to 1px.

Sep 10 2015, 3:36 PM · Patch-For-Review, Design, Math

Sep 8 2015

SalixAlba added a comment to T111712: Provide an "indented display" styling for formulæ in lieu of the ":<math>" hack.

I admit that VE is a bit off topic, but I as explained on WP:VE/F it does impact on VE. As far as I can see there is currently no way for VE to produce display maths equations which match the dominant style conventions. I can't see an option to produce the definition list <dd> tag through VE. For VE to be usable in maths articles either <dd> needs to be supported or the CSS suggestion needs to be rolled out to all wikis. A slightly more flexible option might be to have display="indent" option, but that might be overkill.

Sep 8 2015, 6:10 PM · Patch-For-Review, Design, Math
SalixAlba added a comment to T111712: Provide an "indented display" styling for formulæ in lieu of the ":<math>" hack.

As well as a specific wiki this task addresses the default for all wiki's. These seem to be specified at https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/diffusion/EMAT/browse/master/modules/ext.math.css

Sep 8 2015, 4:45 PM · Patch-For-Review, Design, Math

Sep 7 2015

SalixAlba created T111712: Provide an "indented display" styling for formulæ in lieu of the ":<math>" hack.
Sep 7 2015, 5:48 PM · Patch-For-Review, Design, Math
awight awarded T53154: VisualEditor: Provide a tool to insert a talk signature in namespaces that need it a Baby Tequila token.
Sep 7 2015, 3:40 PM · User-Ryasmeen, MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-11-17_(1.27.0-wmf.7)), VisualEditor, VisualEditor-EditingTools

Sep 4 2015

SalixAlba added a parent task for T53154: VisualEditor: Provide a tool to insert a talk signature in namespaces that need it: T100067: Enable the visual editor in the Wikipedia namespace on the English Wikipedia.
Sep 4 2015, 9:09 AM · User-Ryasmeen, MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-11-17_(1.27.0-wmf.7)), VisualEditor, VisualEditor-EditingTools