Wikibooks:Feature Requests

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A list of bugs and feature requests specific to Wikibooks. To file one of the bugs/requests below directly with developers (and to see other bugs and feature requests), please see Mediazilla.


Leading colon bug?[edit]

The colon ":", where it is the first item in a line, performs an indent function. However, this is no longer the case if it is placed at the front of the very first line in a module. It used to work (all of my German advanced lessons started with an indented instructions paragraph; now they all start with ":This page..."), but just recently ceased working. Functionality is returned if a blank line is added before the line that begins with a colon. Is this a bug or a new quirk? - Marsh 02:27, 28 Feb 2004 (UTC)

Templates and interwiki links[edit]

Are interwiki links not allowed in mediawiki messages? I have placed

The requirements to this merit badge are copyrighted by the Boy Scouts of America. They are reproduced in part here under fair use as a resource for Scouts and Scouters to use in the earning and teaching of merit badges. The requirements published by the Boy Scouts of America should always be used over the list here. If in doubt about the accuracy of a requirement, consult your Merit Badge Counselor.
Reading this page does not satisfy any requirement for any merit badge. Per National regulations, the only person who may sign off on requirements is a Merit Badge Counselor, duly registered and authorized by the local Council. To obtain a list of registered Merit Badge Counselors, or to begin a Merit Badge, please contact your Scoutmaster or Council Service Center.

On some talk pages, and it clearly doesn't work right, though it displays fine at Template:Meritbadgedisclaimer. TUF-KAT 20:11, 28 Feb 2004 (UTC)

I noticed that headings don't get carried forward from mediawiki pages, but i dunno if thats it. Use this code instead, it works as below:

The requirements to this merit badge are copyrighted by the Boy Scouts of America. 
 They are reproduced in part here under [ fair use]

looks like

The requirements to this merit badge are copyrighted by the Boy Scouts of America. They are reproduced in part here under fair use.

Bug : MSIE runtime errors[edit]

I keep getting runtime errors when browsing Wikibooks in MSIE: "addcss not defined". It's usually around line 18 of whatever it is causing the error, but sometimes it reports other numbers like 17. I haven't gotten this on any other Wikimedia sites, just Wikibooks. Wikisource, Wikiquote, etc. all load normally. I have the problem on every page of Wikibooks, though. :( --Furrykef 19:22, 25 May 2004 (UTC)

Bug : "Editing help" popup window is too small[edit]

I just looked at "Editing help" for a refresher on something. The window that popped up was smaller than I would like and it was set such that I could not resize it. I don't have any idea how hard it is to change such things (is it embedded in the MediaWiki code?), but I thought I'd note my experience. (...and I really like the MediaWiki's new look!) --Rs2 17:31, 1 Jun 2004 (UTC)

What browser/OS are you using? Sj

Bug : User login message[edit]

The message at the user login page below the "Mail me a new password" button is not shown properly: the anchor tags are seen (altough the links are clickable):

To register, just select a username and password and click "Create new account". For tips on choosing a username, see the <a href="">Username</a> page. Please pick a readable name, not just a number.

If you need more information about logging in, see the <a href="">How to log in</a> page.

Returning users only need to fill in their username and password.

You must have <A HREF="">cookies</A> enabled to log in to Wikibooks.

--surueña 08:23, 2005 Apr 14 (UTC)

Feature Requests[edit]

Searching within a book[edit]

How do I restrict a search to just one book? JWSchmidt 14:31, 15 Mar 2004 (UTC)

There is no way at present to search inside one book. You could approximate it by including the title of the book in your search, but there's no way to limit a search like that. TUF-KAT 22:10, 15 Mar 2004 (UTC)
The books at the Entrez Bookshelf have a nice search function. I'm not sure it will be possible to have multiple contributors construct a complex science or technical book without having useful search and indexing for the books. JWSurf 00:20, 16 Mar 2004 (UTC)
I totally agree that we need to have a book-specific search capability. That was part of my argument when the site first started to have the pages structured with the name of the book like this: wiki/bookname/partofbook. However even though motion has not been in that direction, eventually we should have a book-speficic function. For example, now with the MediaWiki Table of Contents feature, each page of each book would have a tag in it linking it back to the TOC, and new software could limit searches to the pages containing that tag. However, we need to wait for the developers to do the work. Those guys are not paid as far as I know and are overwhelmed with work already... but in time it should happen (Karl being hopeful although without specific personal experience with how development process works). --Karl Wick
I don't know that any developer-time has been devoted to designing such a feature, but there definitely needs to be a standard "Search within this book" interface option, even if it is imperfect. Sj 22:16, 9 Aug 2004 (UTC)
Searches can be restricted to a single book by using the prefix: option at the end of the search field. For example, searching for Stephenson prefix:History of Rail Transport finds all pages in the History of Rail Transport that mention Stephenson. More information at WB:SEARCH. — Sam Wilson ( TalkContribs ) … 23:23, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Automatic Numbering[edit]

Is there a way to do automatic equation numbering? It'd certainly be useful for the maths, and many of the science, books to be able to say 'see eq. 1.4c' (the third numbered equation in section 1.4) but trying to do that by hand is problematic. I'd probably end up with equation labels in the wrong order, and references that didn't match the referents. Using # doesn't work Carandol

No, there isn't. Sorry... You can manually hack in TeX but it isn't pretty. Dysprosia 06:48, 21 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Book-specific Layour Features[edit]

The Wiki software doesn't seem to have anything specific to writing books. Is any developer working on adding support? As I understand it, even adding a TOC for all the pages in a book has to be done manually. Norman Weiner

Any progress on this? Specifications of desired features? Sj 05:50, 23 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Tags & external program for image generation[edit]

It would be good idea to have an image tag similar to the math tag. It would make images editable, with the commands inside the tag being processed by an external program to make pngs. Most of the pictures in books are vector graphics anyway, and this would also help keep source files for a book in one place. Comments? Norman Weiner

What do you mean? Like something for SVG? You might want to take feature requests to Sourceforge. Dysprosia 06:06, 24 Apr 2004 (UTC)
It wouldn't have to be SVG. Currently, the math tag contains TeX markup. We could have markup for a graphics program inside a graphics tag. I was hoping that someone in charge here at wikibooks would take it up with the sourceforge developers if there is a consensus. A single request there probably wouldn't be noticed. Norman Weiner
Certainly both this, and automatic numbering would be useful for the more technical books. Wikibooks could use Gnuplot and/or SVG for graphs and diagrams, and support some of Latex's autonumbering features. What would it take to get this adopted? Carandol
What it would take is for someone to check in the code in sourceforge. The math module seems to be a standalone one written in ocaml (!). Norman Weiner

Is there currently a standard program/style for creating diagrams for math/science books? I have looked, and not found any. magefile

My programming skills are too rudimentary to do anything the code. I suppose all we can do is put the requests in and see if anyone follows them up. Carandol

Entry Forms / Online Quizzes[edit]

It would be nice for the Mediawiki engine to allow simple form creation (popup lists, textboxes, radio buttons) that could eventually be used for things like crude online quizzes or quick entry forms. --DougHolton 21:30, 16 May 2004 (UTC)

Random Page in Current Language[edit]

While the "Random Module" feature is nice, I have encountered several pages in languages other than my own. I'd recommend making an option in the preferences to limit the Random Page to the current language.

--Eibwen 06:08, 25 Sep 2004 (UTC)

Hide Own Contributions[edit]

Another useful filter would be to hide your own contributions -- particularly when you've authored many of the pages listed on the Recent changes page.

--Eibwen 22:20, 25 Sep 2004 (UTC)