Release status: beta
|Implementation||Tag, Search, Extended syntax|
|Author(s)||Jeroen De Dauw|
|Latest version||0.1 (2011-05-30)|
|MediaWiki||1.17.0 or higher|
|PHP||5.2 or above|
|License||GNU GPL v3+|
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<spark /> tags.
About[edit | edit source]
<spark /> tags.
Spark as described on the Spark website:
The web is not only growing in sheer size, but it also grows in how much it is interconnected. Where once the Web was a set of more or less separated sites, today sites are more and more being connected. More and more data is being offered on the Web in a way that can be further processed, and more and more sites and applications are using external data. More and more mashups are created, where data from different sources is integrated and displayed with novel visualisations.
This MediaWiki extension, unsurprisingly titled Spark, adds a
<spark> tag to MediaWiki which is equivalent to
<div class=”spark”> as described in the spark library documentation. All parameters (except the class=”spark” one) can just be copied over between spark divs in web pages, and the
<spark> tag in MediaWiki.
Feature overview[edit | edit source]
- Visualization of data obtained via SPARQL queries.
- Support for all Spark visualizations.
- Use of the native Spark syntax, which can be copied from native spark divs to the spark tag and back.
Requirements[edit | edit source]
- MediaWiki 1.17 or above
- PHP 5.2 or above
Download[edit | edit source]
You can download the extension directly from the MediaWiki source code repository (browse code). You can get:
- One of the extension's tags
Not all extensions have tags. Some extensions have tags for each release, in which case those tags have the same stability as the release. To download a tag
- Go to the tags list
- Click the name of the tag you want to download
- Click "snapshot"
- The latest version of one of the extension's branches
Each extension has a master branch containing the latest code (might be unstable). Extensions may have further branches as well.
- Go to the branches list
- Click the branch name
- Click "snapshot"
- A snapshot made during the release of a MediaWiki version.
This might be unstable and is not guaranteed to work with the associated MediaWiki version.
After you've got the code, save it into the extensions/Spark directory of your wiki.
If you are familiar with git and have shell access to your server, you can obtain the extension, with all its tags and branches, as follows:
cd extensions git clone
Installation[edit | edit source]
Once you have downloaded the code, place the Spark directory within your MediaWiki 'extensions' directory. Then add the following code to your LocalSettings.php file:
# Spark require_once( "$IP/extensions/Spark/Spark.php" );
Configuration[edit | edit source]
Configuration of Spark is done by adding simple PHP statements to your LocalSettings.php file. These statements need to be placed AFTER the inclusion of Spark. The options are listed below and their default is set in the Spark settings file. You should NOT modify the settings file, but can have a look at it to get an idea of how to use the settings, in case the below descriptions do not suffice.
As of version 0.1, there are no settings yet.
Usage[edit | edit source]
Spark tag[edit | edit source]
Version[edit | edit source]
This is a copy of the release notes file on SVN, which might be more up to date then this page.
Version 0.2[edit | edit source]
- Added README, INSTALL, COPYTING and RELEASE-NOTES
Version 0.1[edit | edit source]
Initial release with these features:
- <spark> tag
Internationalization[edit | edit source]
Spark is fully internationalized. Translation of Spark messages is done through translatewiki.net. The translation for this extension can be found here. To add language values or change existing ones, you should create an account on translatewiki.net, then request permission from the administrators to translate a certain language or languages on this page (this is a very simple process). Once you have permission for a given language, you can log in and add or edit whatever messages you want to in that language.