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Bug 3728 - Show link URLs as footnotes in printable version
Show link URLs as footnotes in printable version
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Parser (Other open bugs)
All All
: Low enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2005-10-17 22:03 UTC by freeasd
Modified: 2011-05-15 00:28 UTC (History)
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Description freeasd 2005-10-17 22:03:54 UTC
the "printable version" feature should convert all the links in "notes" at the end of 
the page showing the complete url.

Like in this picture (example):

Comment 1 Rowan Collins [IMSoP] 2005-10-18 14:15:44 UTC
Actually, I think doing this for all internal links would be very unhelpful -
wiki pages tend to be very densely linked, for navigating while online. Once
printed, though, those links are generally useless - you can't click the piece
of paper to follow the reference, and it's not all that useful to have a whole
list of URLs of other articles from the site you happened to print from,
especially when most can be inferred from the text itself. 

In the example you give, does it really add information to print the fact that
the encyclopedia has an article on "Romanticism" and that you should look it up
if you want to understand the word "romantic" in the text? This is of course an
issue that would need to be considered if a "paper Wikipedia" were to be
published - encyclopedias already geared for print have far fewer "links"
(usually denoted "qv", by some symbol such as "*", or with a web-imitating
underline), and tend to minimise the equivalent of "piped links" (e.g. "romantic
(see Romanticism)") because they break up the flow of text. Instead, they rely
on the reader to look things up in the index or the book's alphabetical sequence
- which of course they have to do even if it *is* marked as a link or a "see
also". They certainly wouldn't print a list of footnotes on each page showing
page numbers (the equivalent of URLs) for every other topic referred to, however

*External* links are a different matter, as these are more likely to be
references which a reader might want to follow up, and are generally impossible
to infer from the text. Currently, these get expanded next to their text, which
is adequate but slightly ugly, especially for the numbered ([1],[2],etc) form,
which potentially ought to render as footnotes *on screen*, let alone on paper...
Comment 2 Sam Reed (reedy) 2011-05-15 00:28:01 UTC

Proper references are displayed as URLs

Any listed external URLs are expanded in full

Inline external urls are expanded

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