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Template for code fragments

Template:Code is based on http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Template:Code and requires an entry in MediaWiki:Common.css.

Here is an example: Compare # pwd to # pwd

It's meant to deal with the difficulty of reading reduced sized text on a gray background, which lowers contrast. Lighter gray and enlarged line-height and font-size should also be used for the <pre> and <tt> tags.

design thoughts

1. Wiki on a server

  .Server.  [ ---- Internet ]
  / / | \ \ 
  1 2 3 4 5    (support editing directly on a server.  issues: edit conflicts, bw)

2. Wiki on a mesh

   Server [ ---- Internet ] (direct editing of a server-based wiki)
   __XO__      (shared net connection)
  /      \
  |      |
 / \    / \  
-1-2 .. N-M-   (support machine-to-machine editing with a mesh portal.  issues: portal vis)

3. Wiki locally / offline

(. . . .)
| | | | |
1 2 3 4 5  (... connect to server or web infrequently)

interwiki map

I think it should be kept 'small' the map... too many inter-wikis and we'll probably not use them. Also specific olpc-related wikis (like Nepal's, Tuquito, or similar) should be added. 2cts --Xavi 11:32, 19 June 2007 (EDT)


parser extensions (or rather the ability to do 'if') in some templates would probably simplify and enhance the use of it. Possible collateral damage is making it to cryptic. --Xavi 11:32, 19 June 2007 (EDT)


I saw in the special pages, the Special:Withoutinterwiki (labeled 'Pages without language links'). I tried a bit but couldn't get it to work... --Xavi 11:32, 19 June 2007 (EDT)

Shiki_Wiki link colors

The Shiki_Wiki skin, now the default, currently shows "seen" links as gray. This makes them very hard to scan for, as they blend in with the black text. The blue "unseen" links are ok, but once you have seen an article, its links disappear. Since link following is currently our main navigational technique, especially with Search being broken, this seems a very bad thing. Why are we using a non-standard link color anyway? Visual design should make the user experience easier and more pleasant, not cognitively harder. I strongly suggest reverting to browser link coloring. MitchellNCharity 15:12, 2 August 2007 (EDT)

You also now can't tell, based on link color, whether a discussion page exists or not. So you have to hover the mouse, and look to see if the url ends in edit. (observation by Xavi) MitchellNCharity 15:43, 2 August 2007 (EDT)

This shows up clearly on my monitors -- the gray vs blue for links and the gray vs white for existing vs empty talk pages. talk to the creator to get the colors changed! you can change your own back to monobook, of course, but better to get the skin fixed.... 16:57, 2 August 2007 (EDT)
I think that the "Sugar" skin shouldn't be the default. I see it as a novelty thing, with no other reason for being: while there are reasons for the current Sugar look on the XO's (the dual-screen, power, and other design constrains), these don't apply to a collaborative wiki on the web. It also has some rendering issues with Konqueror. HoboPrimate 17:38, 2 August 2007 (EDT) But I don't want to bring down the effort of the person who did it, it's nicely emulates Sugar's look. HoboPrimate 17:43, 2 August 2007 (EDT)

merges and renames

better nomenclature:

OLPCWiki: namespace --> OLPC:
This page : The OLPC Wiki
The OLPC Wiki --> Welcome

project suggestions

please suggest wikiprojects for this wiki here.

  • OLPC Countries
    OLPC India, OLPC Mexico
  • FAQ/query-help
  • Repair/troubleshooting help
  • Customization
  • Build updates/installation
  • Activities/Libraryes
  • Specific wikiprojects for categories? peripherals.
  • OLPC India - deployments, distribution, FAQs
  • OLPC India - database of partnering organizations (combined with symantic wiki forms)
  • OLPC India - content

Google Searching sans ads

As a non-profit, you should be able to get google search on this site without the ads. In google's Custom Search Engine page, there's a checkbox for non-profits to search without ads, and I assume later they ask for the tax-ID number, which is what they used to do.

Dialectric 11:55, 17 January 2008 (EST)

bad wiki!

The wiki looks awful in IE6. 10:59, 17 January 2008 (EST)

I can't even log in! 10:59, 17 January 2008 (EST)
I have same problem in IE6 / Win2000 SP4 and a javascript error in IE7 / WinXP SP2. -- LeeSI 11:30, 17 January 2008 (EST)

I'll check this out in IE6. I test with IE7 on WinXP myself; please post details of any js errors. --Sj talk 13:19, 3 February 2008 (EST)

Requested Extensions

I am very familiar with all of these scripting languages:

This would add pizzazz and a picture is worth a thousand words ... at least until the image namespace is all tidied up? — Katie 17:58, 21 January 2008 (EST)

+1 on the OGG handler, it enables the world to view them as well. ffm 19:41, 21 January 2008 (EST)
I'll add the above tonight if I can find time. Working on something for Google Spreadsheets at the moment; see below. --Sj leave me a message 10:00, 23 January 2008 (EST)

Comments on extensions

Ogg Handler : needs 1.11
EasyTimeline : needs more hand-tweaking; not quite working atm (renders svg but not png)
GraphViz : needs testing.
Google Maps : installed.

Spreadsheet from Google Spreadsheets, via the gspread extension:

Spreadsheet from Google Spreadsheets, via the gspread extension:


not working yet


Template:Wikimedia Growth

trac extension

<trac>1<> results in ticket #1 (Every Child Needs A Laptop)

Could the ticket number be in small italic parens and the description be first and bolded? Would flow better for style...

Tried to make Template:Trac, failed! Style Nazi 10:26, 23 January 2008 (EST)

graphviz test

<graphviz renderer='neato' caption='Hello Neato'> graph G {

  run -- intr;
  intr -- runbl;
  runbl -- run;
  run -- kernel;
  kernel -- zombie;
  kernel -- sleep;
  kernel -- runmem;
  sleep -- swap;
  swap -- runswap;
  runswap -- new;
  runswap -- runmem;
  new -- runmem;
  sleep -- runmem;

} </graphviz>

JS gadgets

Perhaps wikEd editor as a preference gadget would be proper. Katie 02:45, 6 February 2008 (EST)

custom user js

( my User:Katie/shikiwiki.js does not seem to load ... is this a skin-specific disabling? Katie 02:50, 6 February 2008 (EST)

Requesting stringfunctions extension

If you have a link to edit another page, I want Laptop per Child&action=edit&section=new One Laptop per Child to work like One_Laptop_per_Child.

The stringfunctions are all order-n at worst, there are already worse DOS risks.

Homunq 14:34, 27 February 2008 (EST)

I figured out how do everything I need to, except automatically transform lang-xx to xx, and that can be done with a finite number of templates.Homunq 14:56, 29 February 2008 (EST)

A modest proposal: multilingual portals

The translation infrastructure is in relatively good shape, and there are new non-English pages being made regularly. The last frontier is the stuff outside of the content box; the sidebar and top-bar. Since mediawiki architecture is already a bunch of independent processes (php scripts) accessing the database separately, there is no reason some of these couldn't be serving localized side- and top-bars. For instance, es.wiki.laptop.org could have a Spanish homepage, sidebar, and topbar, but still access the same database of wiki content.

From a quick web search, language is controlled by a single variable. As far as I can see, nobody has yet done what I propose, yet it is feasible. The top bar would just mean replacing the variable checks with a simple subroutine, and the sidebar could be an identical multilanguage sidebar with the correct one shown with css.

Homunq 14:56, 29 February 2008 (EST)

Recent Changes

It would be nice if someone would consider the several independent comments made (in various places) on the recent change in the "Recent Changes" link on the sidebar. Cjl's comment and FGrose's comment. Cjl 18:05, 27 April 2008 (EDT)

Allow upload of odg file format

I'd like to upload a couple of odg (open document graphics) files, which are the originals of some png's I have on the wiki here. Would it be possible to enable that format for upload? -- Tarun 11 August 2008 (EST)

Interwiki map?

Do you have a page where things can be added, or a policy on what is added and what isn't? There is a suggestion on this talk page (a minimalist approach) but that's only one comment.

The simplest solution would be to use the meta:interwiki map, and just add very specifically OLPC related sites to that. --Chriswaterguy 05:19, 22 August 2008 (UTC)



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