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Welcome to the Assistance reading room where Wikibookians help each other solve problems encountered while contributing to books or otherwise taking part in the Wikibooks community.

Finishing touches[edit]

Hi, we're coming to the end of a Wikibook project and I'm keen to make it as professional and academic as possible. I was just wondering if you good people have any tips for finishing touches? Obviously a general spelling and grammar check, and a decent glossary, but is there anything else anyone would recommend? Danvevers (discusscontribs) 11:39, 6 March 2015 (UTC)


Hi! I was wondering if one of you wonderful people could help me with putting citations in? Thanks :) Craigpaton27 (discusscontribs) 16:05, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

@Craigpaton27 - Hey, have you tried ? --atcovi (talk) 16:14, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
@atcovi - Thank you! :) Craigpaton27 (discusscontribs) 16:25, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
No problem, glad to help :-) --atcovi (talk) 16:26, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello! I am having a little trouble trying to group citations from the same author - each time I try I end ruining the layout of the original reference!! Would someone be able to explain to me how to group citations from the same author? Thank you very much! :D Wearsonlyblack (discusscontribs) 13:52, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

The pretty formatting of citations is much easier if you use templates. Compare the before / after in this edit where I've changed one reference to use the {{cite}} template. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 16:06, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much QuiteUnusual ! That looks a lot more straightforward! Wearsonlyblack (discusscontribs) 00:23, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Just to spread the word, I imported and adapted the Easy foot Note template {{efn}} along with the output trigger {{notelist}} from en.Wikipedia to here some months back, and find it really helps keeping prose clean as qualifiers and special cases can be parked as an aside down page bottom and so on. Hope they help someone else.
    FYI, FWIW: I wanted an overt 'note' displayed, but the pair will accept various other schemes and a pre-template to select one of the other modes can easily be put together. Just ask me for help. // FrankB 14:28, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

LaTeX book compilation[edit]

I have extracted the source code of the book as it says in the first page but when I try to compile it writing "pdflatex main.tex" it says that pdflatex isn't installed. What does it mean that the book has a configured version of pdflatex then?

Adding photos[edit]

Hi, I was wondering if anybody could explain to me how to add a photo to a project. I think I know how to get the general picture in but I'm not sure about resizing or moving it to a different section. Thanks :) HannahDixon2015 (discusscontribs) 13:25, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

See Using Wikibooks/Inserting Images. If you need further help after reading it then ask again here. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 13:50, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
No that's perfect, thanks for the help! HannahDixon2015 (discusscontribs) 17:52, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Is there any way to add photos which are not already on wikimedia commons? LittleMermaid95 (discusscontribs) 17:18, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

No. Pictures that are external to the Wikimedia "family" of projects cannot be added. They don't have to already be on Commons because, of course, you can upload more there as long as they are appropriately licensed. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 11:36, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Does it fit Wikibook?[edit]

Hi, I wish to create a manual of the climbing locations in Portugal and I'm not sure if it fits Wikibooks. It should be a description of the different climbing locations with diagrams explaining the climbing routes that are included in each location and how to get there. Initially I though on Wiki-voyage, but it seems as too specific for that project, and usually some of this information in more popular destinations around the world are found in a book format.

An example of a diagram that shows routes 22 through 35 with respective difficulty is shown below. Accompanying each diagram should be: the name of the route, the person that equipped it, length.

Sesimbra portugal dos pequeninos.svg

Each location should have a section with the history of it and relevant information. --Shil88 (discusscontribs) 17:26, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes that seems to fit here. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 09:19, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Anyone have the same itch[edit]

I have an itch to read some Wikibooks (instead of just editing), which makes me wonder if there is any way to load and convert such to a Kindle (or Mobi) format—the reader I can read away from the desktop and need not feel guilty for slacking. Any news on this front? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Fabartus (discusscontribs) 14:21, 18 March 2015

Kindles can read filtered HTML and PDFs. Conversion to either is relatively simple (there's a built in PDF creator available at Wikibooks). When I have more time I can explain better. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 18:01, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Is it allowed to for one to create their own story or novel on Wikibooks?[edit]

It is Wikibooks. Doorknob747 (discusscontribs) 02:56, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

No. Fiction is specifically not allowed. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 09:39, 26 March 2015 (UTC)