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Bug 3579 - media files should have information about how to play them in MediaWiki namespace
media files should have information about how to play them in MediaWiki names...
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 3189
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
File management (Other open bugs)
All All
: High enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2005-09-30 22:38 UTC by Duncan Harris
Modified: 2005-10-08 14:33 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Duncan Harris 2005-09-30 22:38:11 UTC
For sound files, the [[image:foo.ogg]] page should display a MediaWiki message telling 
people where to get help with playing the file (where this is doesn't matter as long as 
it's encoded in MediaWiki namespace somewhere).

As a temporary fix, it could be that we can display something on all media regardless of 
their format.

This is an important enhancement if sound files are going to be improved.
Comment 1 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2005-10-07 20:02:51 UTC
We don't even have audio files allowed as a default upload, so I don't see why
we should have some kind of special help page on how to open them in MediaWiki
any more than we should have one on some other random kind of filetype,
furthermore it's a bad to do this in the MediaWiki distribution because this
documentation will quickly be out of date.
Comment 2 Duncan Harris 2005-10-08 11:13:13 UTC
That's simply not true (though I was initially a bit confused in my explanation).

You can upload sound and video files in ogg format.

Whereas is it pretty obvious what to do with an image, if someone doesn't know
how to play an ogg file they're a bit stuck.  Therefore a link to
[[Wikipedia:Media help]] just below the file would IMHO be extremely useful.

As for the documentation getting out-of-date, surely it is best that someone
gets a little information, even if slightly ood, that none at all!
Comment 3 Rob Church 2005-10-08 14:20:13 UTC
If, by default, the MediaWiki software allows you to upload media files in OGG
format, then yes, I would agree there ought to be help. However, this help would
have to come from the help namespace, which is not pre-filled for a reason.
Consequently, the most I would suggest would be linking to a help page.

(Consider; when searching, users are invited to access help on "Searching
<wikiname>" - there is, by default, a redlink to the Project:Searching page.
That's what we could have here.)

However, by default, the MediaWiki software prevents uploading media files of
this nature; see the DefaultSettings.php file, $wgFileExtensions (which defines
which extensions are permitted) and $wgStrictFileExtensions (which is on by
default, and prohibits uploading of any other file formats).

Consequently, what Avar said is *very* true.
Comment 4 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2005-10-08 14:27:43 UTC
Lowering severity, introducing new functionality is an enhancement.
Comment 5 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2005-10-08 14:33:10 UTC
* We don't allow uploading of any media files by default (unless you consider
jpeg, gif and png media)
* If we were to ship detailed help on how to do *anything* as part of the
MediaWiki distribution we would do so through the Help namespace, there's an
open bug for that (bug 3189) so I'm marking this one as a duplicate.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 3189 ***

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