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File Types for Inclusion in Pages[edit]

Can somebody help with this please?
Can Excel spreadsheets be included in our pages? Can other Office items?
Thanks, Armchair (discusscontribs) 16:18, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

No, but it could be converted: commons:Commons:Convert_tables_and_charts_to_wiki_code_or_image_files#Web_to_LibreOffice_Calc_to_tab2wiki. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 17:50, 21 October 2017 (UTC)

Thanks,Armchair (discusscontribs) 15:06, 31 October 2017 (UTC)


Hi. Is there any templates for counting number of subpages in a Wikibook? --Doostdar (discusscontribs) 18:27, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

@Doostdar: Not that I know of. If a book doesn't use deep filing, and if the book is one of the half of our collection that has been fully shifted to the new naming scheme for book-categories, then all the pages should be in the book category. Did you have a particular book in mind? --User:Pi zero (discusscontribs) 19:50, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
@Pi zero: For example this book. How many pages does it have? Can it be shown on the first page? --Doostdar (discusscontribs) 19:59, 8 November 2017 (UTC)
@Doostdar: That particular book has 15 pages and 2 subcategories of its book category (images and templates). In that particular case, the number 15 can be extracted using markup
{{PAGESINCATEGORY:{{PAGENAME:{{BOOKCATEGORY|Basic Computing Using Windows}}}}|pages}}
which gives
However, as I mentioned, that markup only works if the book does not use deep filing, and its book category has been fully migrated to the new naming scheme. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 23:26, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

Rendering problem[edit]

I think I've done the markup correctly for a section but it renders incorrectly. A large portion of the paragraph is bold + italic instead of regular. What needs to be changed for it to render properly? Larsnooden (discusscontribs) 08:07, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

@Larsnooden: Fixed. —Justin (koavf)TCM 08:22, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. I see now the omission. It was pretty far downstream from the symptoms! Larsnooden (discusscontribs) 08:28, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Not in Card Catalog Office[edit]

My new "Numerical calculations and rigorous mathematics" does not appear on the Subject:University level mathematics books page but does appear on the Category:Subject:University level mathematics books page. Why so? Boris Tsirelson (discusscontribs) 10:41, 18 December 2017 (UTC)

Done Now it does: I've just refreshed the page by editing it with no modification. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 13:10, 18 December 2017 (UTC)
Nice; thank you. Boris Tsirelson (discusscontribs) 14:38, 18 December 2017 (UTC)