Help talk:Image page

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Where do I request a better interface for embedding images? We use this stuff the whole time on a private wiki and after half a year we are still asking each other how to do certain things with images. Can't there be an HTML 5 drag and drop kinda thing, with an interface for resizing and position etc.?

Rare case?[edit]

In the last part of the leader (section 0) of the help, a line about "Image links" or "File links" refers to "the rare case of an uploaded html file linking to the image". Help:Images and_other uploaded files#Default settings, however, specifies that uploading .html files "will never be allowed". Uploading an html file was allowed once? In that case, where is an uploaded one? I want to see the "Image links" of the linked image, if any.--Toby (YebisYa) IQUEPPE 09:40, 28 Mar 2005 (UTC)

E.g. Image:Fundraising.html. I can't find any now with an internal image.--Patrick 11:08, 28 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Setting up family of projects with Commons[edit]

It's not yet clear how to set up a family of language wikis with a commons wiki for images.

I have 2 wikis with prefixes en: and pt: and "magic" interlanguage links work fine. I want users to be able to put [[Image:myimage.png]] in the source of either and get an embedded image from a third local wiki (commons:). Clicking on this embedded image should link through to a local Image page, itself carrying links to the commons Image page (i.e. working exactly as Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons work together.)

To try this I uploaded an Image on the en: wiki, and set up the pt: wiki to use Shared Uploads as follows:

$wgUseSharedUploads = true;
$wgSharedUploadPath = "";
$wgSharedUploadDirectory = "/home/user/mydomain/www/wiki/en/images";

But putting [[Image:myimage.png]] on a pt: page still doesn't find it. What am I doing wrong?

Setting up private wikis to use Mediawiki's Commons[edit]

Is it possible to use Mediawiki's Commons as default private wiki's commons?

I would find it soooo useful to simply link an image already present in that BBIIGG archive.

I tried but I was not able.

My settings:

 * If you operate multiple wikis, you can define a shared upload path here.
 * Uploads to this wiki will NOT be put there - they will be put into
 * $wgUploadDirectory.
 * If $wgUseSharedUploads is set, the wiki will look in the shared repository if
 * no file of the given name is found in the local repository (for [[Image:..]],
 * [[Media:..]] links). Thumbnails will also be looked for and generated in this
 * directory.
$wgUseSharedUploads = true;
/** Full path on the web server where shared uploads can be found */
$wgSharedUploadPath = "";
/** Fetch commons image description pages and display them on the local wiki? */
$wgFetchCommonsDescriptions = false;
/** Path on the file system where shared uploads can be found. */
$wgSharedUploadDirectory = "/var/www/wiki3/images";
/** DB name with metadata about shared directory. Set this to false if the uploads do not come from a wiki. */
$wgSharedUploadDBname = false;
/** Optional table prefix used in database. */
$wgSharedUploadDBprefix = '';
/** Cache shared metadata in memcached. Don't do this if the commons wiki is in a different memcached domain */
$wgCacheSharedUploads = true;

I still get the Image:ImageName.png red link on the page. Clicking would upload it. As you know.

What's wrong?

Is this a good idea?[edit]

I have 1 wiki, only for documentation creation, but the images that i'm going to use are all on another site (a image gallery), so I can't "upload" the images to the wiki because I want use all these images directly from the other site. Now my solution:

I edit a nonexisting image page like Image:academia.png and then I put the url from the image i want to use, save the changes. NOW THE IMAGE APPEARS!!!

Now, another trouble. When I put the link to the image ( [[Image:academia.png]] ) on the page i'm editing, my wiki says :

Missing image Academia.png image:academia.png

so, I put {{image:academia.png}} and then the image magicly appears. Why?, i don't know, but it looks to work fine.

Grettings, from Talagante, Chile

It combines Help:Images_and_other_uploaded_files#Embedding_external_images and including the page with the image in another page as a template.--Patrick 17:55, 3 May 2005 (UTC)

Thumbnails for non-image media files?[edit]

Is it possible to create image thumbnails for .ogg vorbis files or other non-image multimedia?

I know one can embed an image in an article with a manually generated thumbnail like this:

[[image:blah.jpg|thumb=blah_small.jpg|some text]]

But what about on an Image Page? This would be so useful for category listings.

Thanks Notbot 18:24, 11 May 2006 (UTC)

Image icon[edit]

For certain files like pdf the Image info page displays a pdf icon, while for filetypes I added for myself it shows  (712KB, MIME type: application/zip)

How can I add my own icons for the new filetypes?

Thanks! --Sentri 04:08, 16 June 2006 (UTC)

Starting another copy[edit]

I want to start another copy in another language.. how can I do that?--Alnokta 10:45, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

You mean like Aide:Page d'image?--Patrick 11:28, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
yes, exactly.. can you help me starting something like that in Arabic? I want a copy of the English one, then I translate it one sentence at a time. what do you think?--Alnokta 11:37, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
Yes, that is fine. Add the Arabic title to Template:H-langs:Image page, then follow the link at Help:Image page to start your page, and copy the English text into it. Then you can piece by piece translate it.--Patrick 15:35, 6 February 2007 (UTC)


"for an image in a template it lists only the template, not the pages in which the template occurs (for that see "What links here" of the template"

I'm translating this article, atm. Can you please tell me what does the word template stands for in the above sentence? Template - a small image, or template like {{template}}?-- 21:48, 6 February 2007 (UTC)
{{template}}.--Patrick 00:51, 7 February 2007 (UTC)
Thanks.-- 10:42, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Upload summary; nonexisting image[edit]

Why "upload summary" is mentioned only in the "Categorizing images" section? User can put a description of an image also to the upload summary.--Vaya 21:32, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

It is mentioned higher up also, I made that also a link.--Patrick 00:59, 8 February 2007 (UTC)
Oh, yea I didnt see that.--Vaya 12:57, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

And another question concerning Nonexisting image: Nonexisting images shows almost nothing, not only image history. So why mention only image history?--Vaya 21:37, 7 February 2007 (UTC)

Nonexisting images can have text like any page.--Patrick 00:59, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Rename to "media page"[edit]

When are we going to fix the "Image:" prefix, when many of our files are video or audio? We should change the software functionality itself to "Media:" or the like, but I know that will take some time and effort.

But in the meantime we should at least rename our help pages to use generic terms like "media" and use terms like "file description page" instead of "image description page". — Omegatron 18:30, 25 August 2007 (UTC)

Removed sentence[edit]

I removed:

See a few local contents of [[MediaWiki:Imagelinks]]: Meta-Wiki, English, and French): a list of pages that embed the image, if applicable, and of pages linking to the image/sound with "Media:"

From the contents of the image page. All of the listed pages are blank, and the description is poor and I have no idea what these pages are for by the poor description. Odessaukrain 02:40, 5 April 2008 (UTC)


These two files added to skins/monobook/main.css, do the following:

.external {display: none}
/* Hides the "Upload a new version of this file" text AND link Problem: can't recall */
.special {display: none}
/* Hides the image history 'Problem: Hides all history on your mediawiki*/

Is there anyway to target only image pages, maybe in MediaWiki:Monobook.css? Odessaukrain 18:53, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

Categorizing images[edit]

Is it right that someone categorizes his images into the category of his name? For example, category:user aaa's images or category:images uploaded by user aaa. An Apple of Newton talk 13:02, 10 November 2008 (UTC)