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Bug 9107 - Categories with limited scope
Categories with limited scope
Status: RESOLVED WONTFIX
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Categories (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2007-02-25 21:01 UTC by Bernhard Fastenrath
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:04 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Bernhard Fastenrath 2007-02-25 21:01:28 UTC
Categories with limited scope could categorize sub-pages of a page but be
restricted in visibility to these sub-pages. This could be useful in
wikiversity, e.g. for a category "Exercises" to a lesson or course. Sub-pages
would only appear with the name of the sub-page itself in such a category. A
special syntax could allow access from outside the scope: [[Category://<scope
identifier (e.g. page name)>.<category name>]]
Comment 1 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2007-02-25 21:10:34 UTC
Why not just use [[Category:Physics 101 exercises]] or whatever?  We definitely
don't need a new syntax for this.
Comment 2 Bernhard Fastenrath 2007-02-25 21:32:20 UTC
Admittedly it is just syntactic sugar. I had several collisions already (not in
wikiversity) where I would have liked to use the same name for different
categories and at the same time didn't want to make category names arbitrarily long.

As an example:
http://education.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Learning_environment_computer_science
would initially have been a category "computer science" only visible to
educational software. In the same wiki there is a need for a category "computer
science" for school subjects. For educational software I use a lot of categories
(a tendency which will probably increase even further) so keeping the category
names shorter becomes important and I don't want to use abbreviations
(Category:LECS ? - so what?)

Without generated intersections for categories (Bug #5244) I have to give longer
names to categories that seem inevitable for navigation.
There are other applications where I could imagine that this would be quite
useful (e.g. wikiversity)
Comment 3 Rob Church 2007-08-01 20:49:55 UTC
On the whole, the better solution to this problem would be to allow intersecting queries, as bug 5244 requests, thus I'm closing this in favour of that.

I don't think it's a great idea to add complexity to an already overloaded syntax, and I'm doubtful that the work this requires has a great benefit for the software overall.

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