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Basic Guide to Index Pages
How Index pages work and how to use them to proofread a book.

Proofreading is the foundation of Wikisource, providing the best quality texts in our library. The process involves two "namespaces" (sections of Wikisource; included at the start of the page title) and a special piece of software.

The process is based on page scans of a physical book, usually in the form of a DjVu file. This is used to make and Index page, which is a page in the "Index" namespace with the same name as the DjVu file. Each individual page in the book is a separate page in the "Page" namespace. The Index page will link to the pages and each page needs to be proofread.

This page will explain how the Index pages work and how they are created.

For a guide to the individual page portion of proofreading, see Basic Guide to Proofreading.

Finding a book to proofread[edit]

Best source: PotM Random Book & Cat (Scan/upload)

Index pages explained[edit]

Screenshot of an example Index page
Index page

Index pages are based on the DjVu file with some extra information. This page acts as a hub for proofreading a particular book.

If the file with the scanned copy of the book is called File:Sample Book.djvu then the index page must be called Index:Sample Book.djvu.

When this page is created or edited, data field will be seen instead of the normal edit window.


The most important of these are: Title, Author and Progress.


The Pages field will be automatically filled with <pagelist/>. This will generate a list of all pages within the DjVu file at the bottom of the page.

Detail of the pafe list from an example Index page


any order

colour coding

See also[edit]