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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.

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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.

Multiple image on Spanish wikibook[edit source]

I am having issues when I am trying to copy the template for a multiple image in English into a Wikibook in Spanish (I am actually translating the page and I would like that it appears in the same format in both languages). Being more specific, I would like my images correspoding to 'Sistemas de retroalimentación' and 'sistemas de compensación' in the Wikibook Introducción a los sistemas de control to appear as they do in the English version 'feedback sistemas' and feedforward systems' Introduction to control systems.

Thanks! --CarrotsMitHummus

Copy button[edit source]

The Wikibook I am writing will have a lots of blocks of preformatted text (computer code) that readers may want to copy and paste. I'm looking unsuccessfully for a template that would add a button to, or associate with, each block of preformatted code so that the reader could easily copy the code to their clipboard. Is that possible, and where could I ask to get it made? Derek Andrews (discusscontribs) 11:59, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Please add Reference_Tooltips[edit source]

Hi I like the Reference Tooltips gadget. Can you activate it for the wikibooks project? Is there a way to add it to ru.wikibooks.org (there are no interface administrators in the Russian section now) KKorzov (discusscontribs) 20:05, 18 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Community Wishlist Survey 2022 is coming. Help us![edit source]

The Community Wishlist Survey 2022 starts in less than two weeks (Monday 10 January 2022, 18:00 UTC). We, the team organizing the Survey, need your help.

Only you can make the difference

How many people will hear and read about the Survey in their language? How many will decide to participate? Will there be enough of you to vote for a change you would like to see? It all depends on you, volunteers.

Why are we asking?

  • We have improved the documentation. It's friendlier and easier to use. This will mean little if it's only in English.
  • Thousands of volunteers haven't participated in the Survey yet. We'd like to improve that, too. Three years ago, 1387 people participated. Last year, there were 1773 of them. We hope that in the upcoming edition, there will be even more. You are better than us in contacting Wikimedians outside of wikis. We have prepared some images to share. More to come.

What is the Community Wishlist Survey?

Community Wishlist Survey banner - translatable.svg

It's an annual survey that allows contributors to the Wikimedia projects to propose and vote for tools and platform improvements. Long years of experience in editing or technical skills are not required.

Thanks, and be safe and successful in 2022! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 03:15, 29 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Software Screen grabs[edit source]

This is probably more appropriate at Commons....but: For a book here, if I (for example) post an image of a screen grab from a piece of software's dialogue box.....does that fit within policy? Those can be helpful at times. --Buddpaul (discusscontribs) 18:13, 29 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

The material is likely copyright, or not available under a compatible free license. Therefore you cannot use it here unless it fits the requirements of fair use - minimal use, clear justification, no other way of communicating the information. E.g., if it is just to make the book look nice, you can't use it. By the way, Commons does not accept fair use - to use it here you'd need to be granted local upload rights which would include a review to ensure you understood the rules. MarcGarver (discusscontribs) 20:24, 29 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Okie dokie......that helps a lot. But: what if the software itself is Open Source??--Buddpaul (discusscontribs) 18:07, 30 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]
If it is open source and the license is compatible with Commons, then you can upload it. The upload process at Commons guides one through the process of ensuring the license is acceptable. MarcGarver (discusscontribs) 23:56, 31 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Save the Date: Coolest Tool Award 2021: this Friday, 17:00 UTC[edit source]

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Hello all,

The ceremony of the 2021 Wikimedia Coolest Tool Award will take place virtually on Friday 14 January 2022, 17:00 UTC.

This award is highlighting software tools that have been nominated by contributors to the Wikimedia projects. The ceremony will be a nice moment to show appreciation to our tool developers and maybe discover new tools!

Read more about the livestream and the discussion channels.

Thanks for joining! andre (talk) -08:02, 6 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]