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* '''lowercase URLs are better'''. MediaWiki has an annoying tendency of capitalizing article titles, which, though may be stylistically proper (in the English writing style meaning of stylistic) for proper nouns, is incorrect for common terms (which a lot of microformats pages are).  Oh and the whole  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Naming_conventions_%28technical_restrictions%29#Lower_case_first_letter "The initial capital letter is due to technical restrictions."] nonsense on Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Naming_conventions_(technical_restrictions)#Summary_of_lower_case_first_letter_issue is ridiculous]. It's software. Just fix it. More:
* '''lowercase URLs are better'''. MediaWiki has an annoying tendency of capitalizing article titles, which, though may be stylistically proper (in the English writing style meaning of stylistic) for proper nouns, is incorrect for common terms (which a lot of microformats pages are).  Oh and the whole  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Naming_conventions_%28technical_restrictions%29#Lower_case_first_letter "The initial capital letter is due to technical restrictions."] nonsense on Wikipedia [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Naming_conventions_(technical_restrictions)#Summary_of_lower_case_first_letter_issue is ridiculous]. It's software. Just fix it. More:
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** all same case is easier to read (citation required)
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** all same case is easier to read (citation required) (not accurate, Title Case is easier to read) --[[User:JeffMcNeill|JeffMcNeill]] 16:28, 25 Sep 2007 (PDT)
** all lowercase is easier to read than all uppercase (citation required)
** all lowercase is easier to read than all uppercase (citation required)
** all lowercase is easier to type (citation required)
** all lowercase is easier to type (citation required)
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** hyphenated phrases are better indexed (SEO) than CamelCased phrases and underscored_phrases.  Search engines typically break apart hyphenated phrases into their component words and index them separately and together, whereas the same cannot be said for CamelCased or underscored_phrases.
** hyphenated phrases are better indexed (SEO) than CamelCased phrases and underscored_phrases.  Search engines typically break apart hyphenated phrases into their component words and index them separately and together, whereas the same cannot be said for CamelCased or underscored_phrases.
* '''Talk pages are lame and "one more inbox to check".''' Talk pages are lame (e.g. the structure/threading is poor) and we don't need yet another discussion area (in addition to IRC, [[mailing-lists]])  Eliminating them from the default user interface was the simplest way to effectively eliminate their usage. Invisible talk pages = nearly no one uses them.  And one fewer link cluttering the default UI is always nice.
* '''Talk pages are lame and "one more inbox to check".''' Talk pages are lame (e.g. the structure/threading is poor) and we don't need yet another discussion area (in addition to IRC, [[mailing-lists]])  Eliminating them from the default user interface was the simplest way to effectively eliminate their usage. Invisible talk pages = nearly no one uses them.  And one fewer link cluttering the default UI is always nice.
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* Would it be possible to have the customization for all lowercase also be applied to usernames? That would be nice. Love the customizations, btw.
== How to ==
== How to ==

Revision as of 23:28, 25 September 2007

Contents

MediaWiki customization

by Tantek

The MediaWiki installation at microformats.org/wiki has been customized in a number of ways.

This page documents some of these customizations for informative purposes. This documentation is neither thorough nor comprehensive.

Customizations

Goals and motivations

I'm responsible for pushing for nearly all of the specific MediaWiki customizations on the microformats wiki and thus I figured I should capture at least some of the reasoning in the hopes that perhaps others may find it useful. Tantek

How to

Documentation on how to modify a MediaWiki install to get these customizations.

to-do: To be filled in. ;)

Related pages

mediawiki-customization was last modified: Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

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