User talk:Londonjackbooks

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—from William Blake by G. K. Chesterton.

Londonjackbooks talk

Page 19 illustration (greyscale) in The Game (London).jpg

"All I know is that you feel good
in the ring."The Game (1905) by Jack London

"All lies and jest
Still, a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest"

from "The Boxer" by Simon & Garfunkel

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of 24 years.

September 11th, 2001

...It was as if an earthquake rent
The hearth-stones of a continent,
          And made forlorn
          The households born
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head;
"There is no peace on earth," I said:
          "For hate is strong,
          And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
          The Wrong shall fail,
          The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!"

—from Christmas Bells by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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A favour to ask[edit]

Gday. I have been doing some maintenance and have moved a text to an image set, that we had. Would you mind validating Index:Bell Buoy McClure 1897. Thanks, if you can. — billinghurst sDrewth 13:00, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

The toolbar issue - an update[edit]

Your old toolbar LJB Toolbar correct.jpg is broken for many users, including yours truly. From reading the Bugzilla bug comments on the issue is that they are undecided what to do with it. At this time, it's not worth for us to wait for a solution, and it's best to Enable enhanced editing toolbar and disable Show edit toolbar in Preferences.

I checked your common.js and you have only a few items from the old toolbar which GO3 can transfer to the enhanced toolbar. And quite possibly remove the buttons you don't need.

The 'Special characters' of the enhanced toolbar are lacking a lot of the characters we need, and for this purpose, I use the CharInsert - Gadget in which the foreign character sets are complete. In addition, GO3 added an additional 'User' defined character set consisting of the following characters:

—   œ   £   §   ·   º   Æ   É   Ñ   Œ   Ö   à   á   â   ã   ä   æ   ç   è   é   ê   ë   î   ï   ñ   ô   ö   o   ù   ú   û   ü 

which I can install for you as long as you enable the 'CharInsert' Gadget. Let me know your decision. — Ineuw talk 05:30, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

@Ineuw, George Orwell III:: Thank you, Ineuw. I have enabled the enhanced editing toolbar, disabled the show edit toolbar, and the CharInsert Gadget was already enabled. If GO3 or anyone can transfer my customized buttons (from my common.js) to the enhanced toolbar, that would be great! I am also missing the zoom in/zoom out buttons, which come in handy with many works... Thanks for the work and instructions, Londonjackbooks (talk) 21:21, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
I've made an effort to add what you had that were missing from WikiEditor's defaults. Let us know how they work/can be improved.

The 'zoom' buttons should only be generated in the Page namespace and can be found under the Proofreading tools menu.-- George Orwell III (talk) 23:35, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Perfect. Thank you very much, Londonjackbooks (talk) 23:38, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

I was about to respond, but the master (GO3) beat me to it. I studied your old toolbar on which you had the following custom buttons: [[Author:]], <ref></ref>, m-dash, n-dash, and <br />. I see that GO3 added some of the missing. If you need to add anymore just let me know. — Ineuw talk 00:09, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

New toolbar layout.jpg
Thank you for your direction and help as well, Ineuw! Londonjackbooks (talk) 00:12, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding: Page:The Man with the Hoe, Markham, 1900.djvu/28[edit]

Hello. I am not necessarily pushing or even recommending this; but as an exercise in a novel approach to the problem would you please do me the kindness of having a look at User:AuFCL/SandBox and letting me know if it works for you, or even looks reasonably close to what you are hoping to achieve? AuFCL (talk) 11:45, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

In my browser (Chrome), the text is not centered but is off to the left a bit (same in IE). Londonjackbooks (talk) 14:04, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Firefox also renders the text off-center. Why not go with a cleaned up original File:The man with a hoe.jpg? — Ineuw talk 17:12, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

I thought about that as well; you could say that the text is part of the artwork... no doubt illustrated as well by Howard Pyle. I will consider it, but will also consider other options. Thanks! Londonjackbooks (talk) 18:27, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Oh well. I suspect all the (growing) left-offsets make my approach too browser-font-size dependant (or rather, the other way 'round.) AuFCL (talk) 21:15, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Still open to tinkering; I'm sitting on any decision for a time... Brain dead... Londonjackbooks (talk) 22:56, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I had a bit more of a play with "your" version (at Page:The Man with the Hoe, Markham, 1900.djvu/28), trying to trim the nested divs down to a minimum which works O.K. here (Firefox.) Your last version slightly overlaps text on top of the image for me so I cut the font size down a level (the text line is about 5% wider than the image "frame" here otherwise; i.e touches/overlaps both left and right.) I hope this version still centres and isn't too small for you. AuFCL (talk) 06:15, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
I asked BWC's opinion on their Talk page whether I should keep the whole image (to include text)—treating the text as part of the illustration—or whether I should transcribe the text, and their opinion was to keep the original (as, I believe, was also Ineuw's opinion above)—and I think that is how I will go. Thank you for your work on this, however. I will keep a copy of your "play with ['my'] version" in my sandbox, however, for future reference! Appreciated, Londonjackbooks (talk) 14:58, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for your kind remarks. I should elaborate, however, that when I stated I'd "trimmed to a minimum which worked for me" above that that still left a few things I did (and still do) not understand, like why removing "min-width: 575px;" causes "From a Carbon print…" to losegain centring yet doesn't appear to affect anything else?

In short I think BWC&I&Co. got it right, here, when they recommended the sepia-with-alt-text option. AuFCL (talk) 22:22, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Wish I had some insight into the min-width question. I copied the formatting from "The Burden"—that formatting having been "stolen" from a now-forgotten User's page at WP that I had stumbled across. I played with the numbers and had others take a look at the output, etc., but that is as far as my understanding goes! Londonjackbooks (talk) 22:48, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Idiot me. I just realised I wrote that last little comment regarding min-width exactly backwards. Removing it causes the carbon line to centre undesireably—and I have just realised why. A simple "width:575px;" would have worked as well and less obscurely (just tried it out—preview only—for my own curiosity.) AuFCL (talk) 00:47, 20 August 2014 (UTC)