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Release status: unmaintained
Implementation Parser extension , Tag , Hook
Description Build images of unencoded CJK ideographs from Unicode IDS.
Author(s) Shoichi Chou (shoichitalk)
Latest version 0.1.0 (June 2016)
MediaWiki 1.25+
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later
  • $wgIdsEndpoint
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The ids extension renders individual Ideographic Description Sequences (IDS) into inline images for consumption. It helps with displaying unencoded CJKV characters found in ancient text.

For example, the IDS sequence <ids>⿺辶⿴宀⿱珤⿰隹⿰貝招</ids> renders into the image shown in the infobox. This tag transforms into an inline 1em × 1em image, with appropriate alt= attribute and margins.

This extension currently uses the temporary "idsgen" wmf toollab server for rendering.


  • Download and place the file(s) in a directory called Ids in your extensions/ folder.
  • Add the following code at the bottom of your LocalSettings.php:
    wfLoadExtension( 'Ids' );
  • Yes Done – Navigate to Special:Version on your wiki to verify that the extension is successfully installed.

Configuration parameters[edit]

$wgIdsEndpoint is used to set the rendering server endpoint. Default is "https://tools.wmflabs.org/idsgen/".

$wgIdsEndpoint = "https://tools.wmflabs.org/idsgen/";

User rights[edit]

This extension does not provide any control for user rights; every user can add, use and render the tag.

See also[edit]