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An encounter with an unknown (by me) chemical notation[edit]

At the bottom of this page there are tiny math symbols (+ and -) on top of the formulas. Perhaps someone knows how to format insert them? — Ineuw talk 07:57, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Unicode doesn't support operators above like that, but instead ions are usually typeset like this: H+ + Cl-. LaTeX would normally need an additional package such as chemformula, which our math module doesn't support; instead I'd use (additionally using \mathrm to remove the italicization that generally indicates that they are variables, which they aren't).—Beleg Tâl (talk) 12:30, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
@Beleg Tâl: Much gratitude for the new info. Never too old to learn something new. — Ineuw talk 20:47, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
@Ineuw: N.B. <ce> tag: "math" for chemical formulæ; e.g. <ce>\overset{^+}{H} + \overset{^-}{Cl}</ce> renders like . 121.217.32.28 10:04, 29 April 2017 (UTC)
Whoa, I had no idea that <ce> was a thing. I would still use instead of , however. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 13:47, 29 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. This additional, invaluable information should be placed in the WS documentation. My proverbial hat is tipped to acknowledge all the savants of Wikisource. And, @Beleg Tâl: could you please elaborate on your choice of use? Just curious, because knowledge has a liberating effect. — Ineuw talk 20:40, 29 April 2017 (UTC)
Three reasons:
  1. Consistency, since you still have H+ in the Unicode transcription.
  2. Aesthetics, since it doesn't mess with the line height as much.
  3. Standardization, since is the normal notation for ions. Replacing a difficult-to-render notation with a simpler and more standard one is a common practice on Wikisource, such as using ¼ instead of 1/4, or standard references for footnotes. These are just formatting changes of course; this should never be done if the result is an actual change to the intended usage of the author.
Beleg Tâl (talk) 21:10, 29 April 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Three good reasons, and it is just easier. — billinghurst sDrewth 23:02, 29 April 2017 (UTC)
Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose FFS: Are we reproducing or interpreting the scans. Make up your minds! (Hint: copyright only protects one choice…not the one you appear to be making…)
Documentation (of sorts) of <ce> (technically obsolete per note here; use <chem> instead): m:Help:Displaying_a_formula#Chemistry. 58.164.37.211 03:43, 30 April 2017 (UTC)
I don't know what you mean by "copyright only protects one choice"; copyright gives us the right to do either way, to fold, spindle and mutilate the original in any way we feel like. We're not reproducing the scans; Commons is doing that. We're transcribing them, which requires interpretation, which sometimes involves complex choices about how to render something that doesn't fit exactly into our system.--Prosfilaes (talk) 07:07, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

Problems with File:Special 301 Report 2014.pdf[edit]

I see strange errors with File:Special 301 Report 2014.pdf:

  • when seeing proofread pages of the index, the images of the pages are not displayed, only proofread text is shown;
  • when viewing the file (as here on En-WS, or on the Commons) the pages are displayed as empty;
  • additionally to viewing the file, if trying to see alternative resolutions (any from Other resolutions: 185 × 240 pixels | 371 × 480 pixels | 464 × 600 pixels | 593 × 768 pixels | 1,275 × 1,650 pixels.), strange errors are displayed, for example:
Error generating thumbnail

Error creating thumbnail: Reading profile /etc/firejail/mediawiki-converters.profile Reading profile /etc/firejail/mediawiki-converters.profile �]0;firejail /usr/bin/convert -depth 8 -quality 95 -resize 185 - /tmp/transform_efeb80e7e64d.jpg �convert: no decode delegate for this image format `' @ error/constitute.c/ReadImage/501. convert: no images defined `/tmp/transform_efeb80e7e64d.jpg' @ error/convert.c/ConvertImageCommand/3210. Parent pid 48742, child pid 48744 Parent is shutting down, bye... 

Can anyone tell—what is that, and what could be done with that? --Nigmont (talk) 22:01, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

I'm having the same issue with Index:Über einen die Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtspunkt.pdf; I thought it was a problem with the file, but now it appears to be a problem with all PDF files. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 23:47, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Reported to Phabricator. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 00:19, 28 April 2017 (UTC)
@Beleg Tâl: Thank you very much for handling the problem and registering the issue! Now waiting the solution. Regards, Nigmont (talk) 17:44, 28 April 2017 (UTC)
@Nigmont: reported as resolved, there is the requirement to flush the thumbnail cache. Please use the purge link on the Index: pages. — billinghurst sDrewth 13:50, 29 April 2017 (UTC)
Yes, the issue has been resolved (I have checked Special 301 Report 2014.pdf, and also Über einen die Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtspunkt.pdf), I confirm. --Nigmont (talk) 03:30, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

A question about the Hebrew Accent Ole[edit]

I've been working through the early parts of the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon. The page I'm hung up on is [1]. I've been able to get all the various Hebrew letters and specialized diacritical marks to work except for one. Near the bottom of the page, there's a word (pronounced BA-yin) where I need to get a Hebrew accent named "Ole" [2] over the B (Bet). If anyone knows of a specific editor who has a lot of experience with making Hebrew-language texts display in Wikisource, I may need to go bother that particular person. Alephb (talk) 03:03, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

@Alephb: Like this, ב֫ ? Hrishikes (talk) 03:28, 30 April 2017 (UTC)
@Hrishikes: Thanks! That was quick. For now I used copy-paste to get that into the appropriate spot. For the future, how did you call that up? I've been using various keyboard shortcuts to call up the rest, but somehow I can't seem to figure out what to do for ole. Alephb (talk) 03:36, 30 April 2017 (UTC)
@Alephb: I use http://www.lexilogos.com/keyboard/hebrew.htm and its sister language keyboards to do this kind of thing, and then copy/paste into the Page. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:40, 30 April 2017 (UTC)
@Beeswaxcandle:. That's perfect. I'll use that for anything I can't do through the regular keyboard. Alephb (talk) 07:30, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

What women are educated for‎ needs to be transcluded[edit]

Would some kind soul who has a little time, help GinnevraDubois migrate the recent instalment from the transcription done in Index:Once a Week Volume V.djvu to the main ns. I cannot get to this for numbers of hours. Thanks if you can. Oh, and probably put as subpages of the parent work. — billinghurst sDrewth 04:37, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

Poem tag across page breaks[edit]

Is it possible to use the poem tag across page breaks? For example when a poem crosses over to the next page? Jpez (talk) 12:09, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

Yes. But keep the begin/end poem tags within the edit box and not in the header/footer. Even though your poem continues onto the next page, you will still need to close first/subsequent pages with </poem> and begin with <poem>. Londonjackbooks (talk) 12:45, 1 May 2017 (UTC)
@Jpez:If your issue was with the added line space rendered after the first line, that was due to the bc/s template not being on its own line. Londonjackbooks (talk) 12:55, 1 May 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, I was adding the peom tag in the footer/header space. I was also wondering about the space below the first line, nice to find a solution for this also. Thanks! Jpez (talk) 13:53, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

formatting quotation marks within drop-initial[edit]

Can someone please remind me again how to format regular sized quotation marks when using drop initial? Thanks, Londonjackbooks (talk) 00:54, 2 May 2017 (UTC)

There's a helpful guide at Template:Dropinitial#Use with quotes. Essentially: use {{float left}} or the fl parameter of {{dropinitial}}. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 01:19, 2 May 2017 (UTC)
Thank you. I should have thought to look there first... lazy brain tonight... Londonjackbooks (talk) 01:26, 2 May 2017 (UTC)