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EB1911 formatting[edit]

There's little point in making edits like this one. All the content should be transcluded from the source files anyway, so the text currently in the articles is temporary, and will go away. --EncycloPetey (talk) 23:23, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

meh, mostly harmless, and don’t need to go to history to see who edited. adding a pages transclusion is about as hard with VE though. there are many roads to the destination. Slowking4RAN's revenge 19:16, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

You can use the already-proofed text from Gutenberg[edit]

Hi PBS - firstly, nice work in proofing EB1911 (and in Wikipedia, reducing the number of links to the now-dead site)

To help proofing work in EB1911 (at least in articles from "A" up to "Mecklenberg" ) you can use already-proofed text from Gutenberg, I've converted the text from there into Wiki-format available here e.g. I edited a page you worked on recently using the converted text - it's faster and more accurate than I can proof! DivermanAU (talk) 13:04, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

edit - I hope you don't mind, I added the article Malacostraca, - the Wikipedia page had a link to the Wikisource article but it didn't previously exist. DivermanAU (talk) 21:16, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the information. DivermanAU perphapse you can write it up and add it to the Wikisource:WikiProject 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica in a separate section directly after the section "Using transclusion". -- PBS (talk) 11:06, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
Hi again - I replied back on my talk page, where I mentioned I copied up the slice including "Irrigation". As for the issue with using the script I wrote, maybe try using Notepad++ to save the HTML file (that's what I use, and I save in UTF8 format); then try the script again. I'm happy to upload any slices you're after if they're not in the Dropbox. I also run a macro in Notepad++ on the converted text to convert the HTML codes for Greek into literal Greek characters, and to add in article links (they are missing in most cases in the Gutenberg version). DivermanAU (talk) 08:01, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
Just to clarify the steps I use to convert the Gutenberg - start with the Page Source of a Gutenberg slice e.g. the Irrigation article is in this slice: "view-source:" (copy that whole string, or right-click on the slice you're viewing and select "View Page Source") then select all the text (Ctrl-A) and copy and paste it into Notepad++, saving it in UTF-8 format (e.g. Ireland-Isabey.txt). In the example above the file size was 1179 KB. Then run the script, I usually run the script with no parameters and paste the original filename into the dialog box, then wait about 20 secs or so for the "Wiki-Ireland-Isabey.txt" to finish.
I usually also edit the original to remove excess carriage returns - replace \r\n\r\n\r\n with \r\n\r\n (a few times) in Notepad++ with the Extended mode option in Replace. DivermanAU (talk) 20:49, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

EB1911 Irrigation article[edit]

Hi PBS — I know you created the Irrigation article and used the Gutenberg text to create it (nice work!). I just added some pictures to it and made some minor mods (mostly to the tables so the alignment looks better, based on the Gutenberg tables). I also realised the text converted from Gutenberg didn't handle the strikethrough in "Rx", so I modified that too using {{tl:Strikethrough}}.

I've also been finding Wikipedia articles articles that have a reference to the defunct website by searching "insource:*" in Wikipedia; currently at 473 articles and falling! Keep up the good work. DivermanAU (talk) 06:41, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

@DivermanAU I did a search some time ago and place them in a sorted list in AWB. The search I used was insource:/1911encyclopedia/ at the time it returned over 600 the list (when I just ran the search is down to 480). I deliberately did not use the Gutenberg tables, as I think it better to stick to the standard Wikimarkup. I also think that "EB1911 Shoulder HeadingSmall" is preferable to "EB1911 Shoulder HeadingSmall". That is the reason I changed those two items throughout the article. Thank you for the "Rx" I did not notice that one.
If you have time please have a look at my modifications to Template:EB1911 footer initials (the same code is in the sandbox) for reasons that I can not see it is placing a \n (or \r) into the template output which means that if "divisor=;" is used it places the second, third and fourth initials on a new line in bold (the default behaviour if a line starts with a semicolon). I have hacked it for the moment by using &#59;.
-- PBS (talk) 12:50, 27 September 2018 (UTC)
I don't have much expertise in templates, so I can only concur that by having a semi-colon for divisor it gets regarded as a new line. If the hack works, let there be hack! DivermanAU (talk) 19:21, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

Template:11link (or related template) has stopped auto-capitalising first character[edit]

Hi PBS, I believe your recent changes to this template, or another, has changed the behaviour in some cases (pardon the pun) — whereas before using all lowercase e.g. constable would result in the correct article being shown, Constable. The 11link template used to redirect to {{tl:EB1911 intra-article link}} which (used to) automatically capitalise the first letter, the documentation on Template:EB1911 intra-article link/doc for "abyss" states that it should link to the article name "Abyss". There's hundreds (maybe thousands) of article links using lowercase copied from Gutenberg that used to work OK, now the links using all lowercase are broken. DivermanAU (talk) 01:03, 4 October 2018 (UTC)

@DivermanAU Thanks for pointing that out. I have reverted my changes to Template:EB1911 Intra-Article Link and Template:11link. It is my intention to only have one template but I will have to do some further development to implement it successfully. In the mean time please use the one in the MOS {{EB1911 article link}}. At the moment {{11link}} has been used in many EB11 article to massively over link words in them and a search on that link will allow us to target such articles sometime in the future. -- PBS (talk) 07:25, 4 October 2018 (UTC)


Hi. I have noticed that you added the font-size parameter to the {{sfrac}}. I tried to use it, but it it makes no difference in the size of the characters, so it seems to me it got broken somehow. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 18:58, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

Only now I found out that it does not work in Chrome, but it works well in Firefox. So I guess there is nothing to be done about it. --Jan Kameníček (talk) 19:09, 5 October 2018 (UTC)