Saturday, May 14, 2011

#MediaWiki has <ref>; but look at it in #Hebrew

The #mwhack11 is an important meeting to squash bugs. As the Language committee has its meeting and as there is a large group of developers, there was a dedicated session on "right to left" issues.

Some five bugs were squashed. They were the known bugs, the bugs that were documented. There were bugs that had so far not been given the attention they deserve; one bug kills the wish to actually use references in a Wikipedia article.

When you do <ref> some source </ref> you will get another entry in this nice reference section at the end of the article.

You can find the complete <ref> tag in the screen shot. For your convenience, it has been highlighted in blue. From a usability point of view, it is atrocious. It is so bad that even Mr Michael Everson himself was shocked.

Now there is a bug for this issue and there is a chance that the Hebrew community will overcome their reluctance to include sources in their articles. One lesson learned is; there is a relation between localised technology and the quality of a Wikipedia.
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