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Bug 1785 - Unicode "character map" on edit form
Unicode "character map" on edit form
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Page editing (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement with 2 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2005-03-31 01:16 UTC by gastonrabbit
Modified: 2009-08-15 19:23 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description gastonrabbit 2005-03-31 01:16:34 UTC
Currently, there is no default way to input special characters straight from the
browser. Wikimedia pages have a box at the bottom containing some characters. A
character map (similar to the Character Map programs in Windows XP and Fedora
Core) containing numerous Unicode characters could be placed in an
out-of-the-way menu, either as a pop-up or in the same window (using Javascript,
for example). This would be useful on non-Wikimedia pages using MediaWiki, which
often lack the box containing special characters found on Wikipedia and Wiktionary.
Comment 1 denelson83 2006-01-19 21:21:53 UTC
There is a heated discussion about this going on right now at  Perhaps it could
be implemented in such a way that a user could toggle it on or off in his/her
user preferences.
Comment 2 Rob Church 2006-01-20 08:02:56 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)

Can you not wrap the whole thing in a <div> and have users use custom personal
CSS files to hide it?

Comment 3 Rob Church 2006-01-20 08:03:50 UTC
To the OP: That box can be implemented on most release versions of MediaWiki
using the CharInsert extension and the MediaWiki:Copyrightwarning system message.
Comment 4 Minh Nguyễn 2006-01-20 08:49:27 UTC
Rob, the reporter of this bug is apparently aware of that extension, because
they mention the box. But I think they're referring to a tool where you could
show only a certain set of characters (based on script or language, perhaps)
after selecting from a dropdown menu. Also, please read the discussion that
denelson has linked to.
Comment 5 Thomas Bleher 2009-08-15 19:23:15 UTC
This is fixed quite nicely in the new edit toolbar provided by the usability initiative. Non-Wikimedia-Wikis that want this feature just need to install the UsabilityInitiative extension. Therefore I'm closing this bug.

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