Last modified: 2009-08-15 19:23:15 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
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.
There is a heated discussion about this going on right now at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki_talk:Edittools#Revert. Perhaps it could
be implemented in such a way that a user could toggle it on or off in his/her
(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?
To the OP: That box can be implemented on most release versions of MediaWiki
using the CharInsert extension and the MediaWiki:Copyrightwarning system message.
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.
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.