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Welcome to Meta![edit]

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Best person to give Mobile advice[edit]

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I posted the question to James Forrester Who is the best person that the enWS community can approach to get knowledge and assistance with output to mobile format? and he pointed the bone finger in your direction, possibly to point me onwards.

The enWS has noticed that some of our formatting does not always flow well through to mobile format in our reproductions of works. None of us have much knowledge of the mobile format, so are seeking guidance/mentoring on how to continue to produce our works for the desktop and our export to epub, but also to get them right for mobile. Most recent conversation. Noting that I am not the most css literate person, just know enough to get myself into trouble.

Comment Comment about English Wiksource. The enWS approach is to look to faithfully, not slavishly replicate the formatting of works, so there will be components of inline formatting, though we try to use percentages, and a standardised approach through templates. We look to leave right margins free to allow their expansion and contraction for the user's viewing surface. Our works contain tables, images, tables of contents and title pages of works as are presented in the original publications, and these four things generally have the most (complicated) formatting. We have three dynamic layouts available which users can toggle through (in desktop mode); and every work can be be exported to other document formats (sidebar link), though we predominantly see that the forms more desired are .epub and .pdf.

Hope that you got to the end, and that you can point the community in the right direction. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 14:16, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Hi billinghurst,
Thanks for the question! In the long run, which I have a better understanding of, we want to allow at least one of two things:
  • editors can easily preview their content on mobile
  • editors can convey the intent of display so that mediwiki can properly transform display according to their wishes in various platforms and devices
Either of these is actually something we will need to collaborate heavily with the editing team and James Forrester, in particular on.
As far as the current transformations we apply in mobile output, I am going to copy James' Product Management trip and direct you to someone else, Jon Robson, who has a much better sense of what works well and what does not in mobile. Actually, Jon, if we don't currently have such a 'best practices guide', perhaps its something we should consider? We would want to develop/maintain a separate one for apps as well, I suppose (though apps currently only support wikipedia content).
Good luck, billinghurst and let me know if you have any follow up questions :)
Jkatz (WMF) (talk)

Timeless Newsletter • Issue 2[edit]

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The second issue of the Timeless newsletter is out.

The news: Themes are coming to Timeless! Your infobox and navbox templates in particular are probably going to look absolutely horrible in the new built-in night mode.

For more information, background, plans and progress updates, please see the full issue on Meta, complete with a ridiculous list of phabricator task links, gratuitous mention of other skins, and me complaining about the current state of MediaWiki skinning in general.

-— Isarra 01:48, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

Timeless Newsletter • Issue 3[edit]

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Newsletter • December 2018

Welcome to the third issue of the Timeless newsletter, complete with a somewhat dubious explanation of where I've been all this time.

Somewhat dubious explanation of where I've been all this time:

I suffered a rather bad concussion in October, which knocked me pretty much completely out of commission through November, and I'm still recovering even now. One person = bus factor of one, even though it wasn't actually a bus but a very short flight of stairs.


  • Random bugs have been fixed. More bugs have been found. For a full list of horrors, see the workboard.
  • Implementing themes (T131991: the dark/night mode and winter variants of the skin) has proven far more complicated than initially thought, lacking either the extension, or preferably, some core support for this functionality. Thus:
    • I have submitted a Request for Comment proposing to merge Extension:Theme into core - this will enable skins to specify style variants as distinct options for users to select in their preferences by letting the skin specify the styles separately for each, a much neater way of implementing this than some of the existing hacks.
    • Jack Phoenix has already submitted a patch to do this. We simply need the buy-in and consensus to merge it, and to resolve whatever issues may arise from this wider review.

Comments on the RfC (MediaWiki wiki RfC page, task) or bugs, or further reports, are always appreciated.

Until next time, hopefully with no further injuries,

-— Isarra 22:35, 20 December 2018 (UTC)