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Welcome to the Technical Assistance reading room. Get assistance on questions related to MediaWiki markup, CSS, JavaScript, and such as they relate to Wikibooks. This is not a general-purpose technical support room.

To submit a bug notice or feature request for the MediaWiki software, visit Phabricator.

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There are also two IRC channels for technical help: #mediawiki for issues about the software, and #wikimedia-tech for WMF server or configuration issues.

Problem with putting the background image in html[edit]

I am failed to upload the background image in html plse give me some exmaple to this problem and some theroy and also tell the html s best books name —Preceding unsigned comment added by Vikas royal king (discusscontribs) 09:03, 26 October 2012‎

Mars Book 1[edit]

I am having problems saving PDF file. I get invalid annotation error. Using Windows 7, IE 9.0.12 64Bit.

Difficulty warning users using the warn tool[edit]

Have a look at this photograph:- Warning difficulty in Wikibooks.png

  1. If I try to warn a user using the sidebar , it warns the user using a default template which is mostly not suitable for the current purpose.
  2. If I try to warn a user using the dropdown menu , it does not work properly. Clicking Submit has no effect , and there is no dropdown for Vandalism and Spam.

—Preceding unsigned comment added by Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 18:05, 29 December 2014

Any progress on this issue? I've waited quite some time and it still occurs.--Leaderboard 13:56, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Back when I did not have reviewer rights, I had Twinkle here. It didn't work at all, when I tried to rollback something it didn't work. I'd also like to know why Twinkle does not work properly on Wikibooks. --atcovi (talk) 14:01, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Meh , no idea why. The serious problem with Twinkle is that it does not work with Internet Explorer.

Still , any progress on this issue? Without this , I'll have to go all the way to the Templates page.--Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 18:40, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

It's a Twinkle issue I believe, so I doubt anybody here can help. The side menu scripts are maintained locally but Twinkle is developed by its own team. Way back somebody may have localised it for Wikibooks but they aren't around maintaining it anymore. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 12:23, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Once my dialog tools are working here (yes, that's rather more than a couple of days away), it should be possible to construct this sort of thing directly on-wiki, so we can roll our own and won't have to depend for it on Twinkle. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:29, 19 February 2015 (UTC)


Hi, I am new to Wikibooks and so far my four tildes have been working to show my user name and time stamp on anything I do however the last few times iv done (discuss) 15:07, 18 February 2015 (UTC) < see exmaple, it is coming up with a code and not my username so now my colleagues and lecturer don't know who I am when I am adding things to our page, does anyone know what I could do to fix this? Thanks

Yes, you need to login to your account using the "Login" button at the top of the screen. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 15:26, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi,thanks for your reply. Yes I'm constantly logged in. JordanFerguson93 (discusscontribs) 15:59, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure if it makes a difference but it seems to be working on my phone but not my laptop JordanFerguson93 (discusscontribs) 16:00, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

You misunderstand me. If your signature is showing up as an IP address then you are NOT logged in. Therefore your statement that you are "constantly logged in" is incorrect. It isn't working on your laptop because you aren't logged in on your laptop. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 16:13, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi,thanks for your help that's it back to normal now, accidentally I was logged in on another tab and not the one I was using. JordanFerguson93 (discusscontribs) 17:29, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

How to insert pictures[edit]

Hi there, I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me how to insert photos/thumbnails next to a section of the book? I'm trying to add a picture of Edward Snowden but I'm not entirely sure what coding I need to use to do so.

Thanks in advance Kieran Glasses (discusscontribs) 22:20, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

@Kieran Glasses: No problem. There is a lot of documentation about this at the MediaWiki wiki and on Wikipedia but here's the short version:
[[File:FILENAMEHERE.EXTENSION|thumb|alt=Please insert alt text]]
That will do for 90% of pictures. You can add other options but that's probably all you need. Let me know how else I can help! —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:46, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Wikibooks app?[edit]

Is there any Wikibooks app available for any platform? If so , is it available on Windows(Store or otherwise)? Because I do not see any such app on the Windows Store(not Phone) , but Wikipedia is there.

--Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 20:14, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

@Leaderboard: I do not believe there is one but I wonder what a Wikibooks app would even be. I don't have a smartphone and I don't know how you would use an app to interact with Wikibook. —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:43, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
Could be something like the mobile Wikibooks in an app format , but with better accessibility. I myself use Wikibooks only on the desktop , and I was looking for an app on Windows Store , but I could not find it.--Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 06:35, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
There is a Wikipedia app. Having used it, briefly, it is worse in terms of functionality and usability than the standard mobile web view. Personally I think the mobile web version of Wikibooks is fine. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 09:04, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Please remove username[edit]

Please remove /delete User:Paju without delay. It has been created without my permission and autologin to any wiki where I am not editing articles violates my privacy. This global account sucks, helps "big brothers" like NSA, FSB, KGB. BR, User:Paju (, soon leaving, if this stupidity does not stop)--Paju (discusscontribs) 02:02, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

@Paju: Please see m:SUL. This is a process of unifying usernames between 850 WMF wikis. If you need help, you can see an admin at Meta. —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:05, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Local communities have no control over accounts, so sorry we can't help. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 09:40, 18 March 2015 (UTC)