Manual talk:ISBN

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ISBN citations now with autofill![edit]

Hi all, in the Wikipedia Library program at the Wikimedia Foundation we have been working with OCLC to make autofilled ISBN citations available, through using their WorldCat database. We have deployed the feature on all language Wikipedias: you can learn more about it on the Wikimedia blog:

Cheers, Jake Ocaasi (WMF) (talk) 19:37, 11 May 2017 (UTC)


Info Updated[edit]

As complained below, the previous page contents did not match a local Mediawiki installation at all. Instead, it simply was some copy of text, referring to . I've now updated the page contents to at least match the current software status.


Updates necessary?[edit]

Is it possible, that this page is no longer up to date? At least with a German localization of MediaWiki 1.9.3, I can't reproduce the described steps anymore. If memory serves right, it worked lastl on MediaWiki 1.5.x or 1.6.x (then I upgraded the installation).

The Manual pages reads: "This is a link to a special booksource page, the page Meta:Book sources with each instance of MAGICNUMBER on this page replaced with the ISBN [...]" - This sounds as if the text was simply copied from Meta. Shouldn't this read something like [[{{SITENAME}}:Booksources]]?

Also, on different sections of the Manual page, the ISBN page is referenced as "SOME_NAMESPACE:Booksources", on others as "SOME_NAMESPACE:Book_Sources" or even "SOME_NAMESPACE:Book_sources" - what is supposed the be right?

The Manual page reads further: "If the page configured there does not exist, ISBN links are still generated and render a default page of links to book sources taken from the languageXXX.php file". In the German localization of MediaWiki 1.9.3, this doesn't work anymore for me. In /var/www/{path-to-wiki-root}/languages/LanguageDe.php, I edited the section

/* private */ $wgBookstoreListDe = array(

These changes are being ignored completely, every search falls back to some "defaults" defined anywhere else - Could anyone knowing please update the Manual how this works in MediaWiki 1.9.3? Thanks --asb 18:57, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

In the MediaWiki 1.10.1 installation I'm administrating I found the array bookstoreList in the file MessagesDE.php, which seems to be the default list. However I decided to use the same method as in the German Wikipedia, which is described in m:Help:ISBN links. I checked the content of MediaWiki:booksources and created a page with the same name in the project namespace. Using [[{{ns:project}}:{{INT:booksources}}]] (here in MediaWiki: Project:Book sources, Wikipedia:ISBN-Suche in the German Wikipedia) you can find the name for the respective page in your Wiki. To make this work you may use the URL from the bookstoreList replacing $1 with MAGICNUMBER, e.g.
or more sophisticated
for The result you can check at the usual special page Special:BookSources. --ThT 13:29, 25 November 2008 (UTC)


Where ?[edit]

Hello !

I wish to change the text of this page on my personnal website. How can I do? Thanks !--Valérie75 12:44, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

I find it !
  • The web links in MessagesFr.php.
  • The text in MediaWiki:Booksources-text.--Valérie75 15:42, 17 September 2008 (UTC)