Export wiki articles to LaTeX. There are many way how this can be done. Pediapress is creating LaTeX versions, but is keeping them secret. Hans Georg Kluge wrote an LaTeX export (Wiki2LaTeX) . Furthermore there is the javalatex project . Dirk Hünniger wrote the MediaWiki to LaTeX project (which is part of Debian GNU Linux now and also available for Windows)  and last but not least Wikimedia has enough developers to make its own LaTeX export. A simplified demo of what I am thinking of is available here:
Mediawiki already has export functions for many file formats like odf and epub. In the combobox two choices should be added "LaTeX source" and "LaTeX PDF"
- 1 Project idea
- 2 Project goals
- 3 Project plan
- 4 Participant(s)
- 5 Discussion
Scope and activities
Our investment of time in the project will be totally independed of funding. We already did the whole work, and the only funding is needed inside the Wikimedia organization in order to make the project availably to every user of wikipedia
Tools, technologies, and techniques
We need server capacities inside Wikimedias Server farm in order to compute the PDF and LaTeX source versions of articles
Total amount requested
This is hard to tell. Since we only need server power and we don't know how intensly the service will be used. Looking at the current configuration of Wikimedias Server farm it is likely the 10 servers will be enough. So 10000 USD should be enough money to buy them and keep the running for quite some time.
Well we only need server power in MediaWikis server farm. In particular we don't want money in our hands. So the budget goes fully into the servers.
Everyone who wants to download high quality PDF Version of Wiki Pages
Fit with strategy
It is not expected that signifant amounts of work will need to go into this project after the grands ends. Howevery server capacities will need to be kept available to be able to create PDF and LaTeX versions after the grant has ended.
Measures of success
The only goal is to create the export buttons for LaTeX source and LaTeX PDF in the combobox in the exports page. The quality of the PDF and LaTeX versions should be at least the same as currently achieved by the MediaWiki to LaTeX project .
Well the point is we, as individual persons don't need any money from the grant project, since our work is already finished and we already created an open source LaTeX Export for MediaWiki that works well. We need the MediaWiki developers to integrate a LaTeX export, possibly based on the existing open source projects below, which will cost some money. And this additional functionality will cost a server resource which also need to be paid. Most of the people who worked on the MediaWiki to LaTeX Project are either students of mathematical sciences or already got university degrees in these fields.
Do you think this project should be selected for an Individual Engagement Grant? Please add your name and rationale for endorsing this project in the list below. Other feedback, questions or concerns from community members are also highly valued, but please post them on the talk page of this proposal.
- Community member: add your name and rationale here.
- As an admin on de.wikibooks I've seen many requests for print out versions. The build-in capabilities of Mediawiki are cumbersome at best, and without the continuos efforts of Dirk Huenninger, creator of this grant, we would have a lot less printable versions, in quantity as well as in quality. Therefore, I wholeheartedly support this grant. --NeuerNutzer2009 (talk) 11:15, 7 March 2013 (UTC)
- I've been a major contributor and maintainer of the LaTeX wikibook for a while now, and I'd say it's sad that we cannot easily provide a nicely typeset book when LaTeX is actually a document preparation system with a strong emphasis on typography. Printed books are not just a fancy option, there are essential to a lot of people. There is a lot of content hosted on Wiki projects, and a lot of them are very valuable, sometimes even more than specialized books. But without proper formatting, PDF version cannot be considered as good as library books. You need formatting quality if you do not want to hurt the quality of the content. Otherwise wiki books wouldn't look serious at all. I strongly believe WikiMedia should endorse a great typesetting system, and that's why I'm fully endorsing it myself. -- Ambrevar (talk) 13:29, 12 March 2013 (UTC)
- I have spent quite some time looking for a PDF-converter for wikibooks, and believe that this would significantly contribute to the usability of wikibooks in general. Thomas.haslwanter (talk) 11:49, 25 March 2013 (UTC)
- I also think this would be a great new feature for the wikimedia projects Stephan Kulla (talk) 22:05, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
- Helped me a lot and should grow larger ! DaKine23 (talk) 22:05, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
- This feature would be very welcome to Wikibooks projects! Helder 19:12, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
- This project looks very promising. It's maybe the occasion to build a nice export platform build in MediaWiki that may be used to export in some other formats like epub. Tpt (talk) 06:09, 13 September 2013 (UTC)