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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.

To get more information about the MediaWiki software, or to download your own copy, visit MediaWiki

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

Visual editing project pages[edit source]

Is there a reason visual editing is not enabled for project pages (e.g. Wikibooks namespace)? I 1) have a harder time using the source editor and 2) tend to make more, smaller edits when using it, which I know can be annoying. Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 22:00, 9 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Leaderboard @MarcGarver would either of you happen to know? Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 16:14, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Kittycataclysm: It's not enabled across Wikimedia as far as I'll aware - I think you'll need to check on Phabricator to check if a configuration change is possible. Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 16:18, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I believe it is possible, with some limitations. There was a discussion here requesting it a year ago, which concluded "As long as there is community consensus (e.g., a discussion on that wiki) and no technical problems (e.g., the namespace does not contain huge pages like w:en:WP:ANI), then the team is happy to honor such requests". MarcGarver (discusscontribs) 08:17, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Troubleshooting shelves template[edit source]

Hello! I've noticed that Template:Shelves seems to interact negatively with the visual editor: the template "object" sort of "eats" the text immediately before the template is called. This makes it impossible to interact with the "eaten" text in the visual editor. See, for example, Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry. I'm wondering if it has to do with Module:TScope, but this is getting beyond my abilities to diagnose. Would love some help here. Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 23:03, 5 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Kittycataclysm: It seems like I can see that page properly - are you seeing missing text when using VisualEditor? Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 16:21, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Hi @Leaderboard! So, I can indeed see the text—it doesn't disappear. In this specific example, you can see the problem when trying to use the visual editor to edit the text under the Chapter 12 heading. If you try to click on any of the text below the heading, you'll notice that there's an overlay element that makes it impossible to interact with the text. Does that help clarify the issue? Thanks! —Kittycataclysm (discusscontribs) 16:35, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Kittycataclysm: OK I see. Unfortunately it's one of Pi zero's creations, who hated VisualEditor. A further look will be required, because on the face I don't see why it should interfere. Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 18:19, 20 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]