Talk:Reading/Web/PDF Functionality

Jump to: navigation, search

About this board

About giving feedback

Please read Reading/Web/PDF Functionality and comment on the plans we lay out there, to tell us what you need from the PDF service. We're especially interested in what you need in the future that doesn't exist in the plans laid out there – if there's a bug with something that should work right now (e.g. you get an error message when you try to create a PDF), we need to fix it, of course, but that would have been on the agenda.

Update: (23 April 2018) PediaPress will take over the development of the books-to-PDF functionality. See Reading/Web/PDF Functionality for more information.

Updates: (24 February 2018)

- Kerning and spacing issues (https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T178665): there has been a few reports on spacing issues within PDF rendering. The readers web team is currently looking into a solution. We will first be updating the fonts for PDFs (https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T181200) over the week of November 27. This will resolve some but not all of the spacing issues. We'll be looking further into the remaining issues after the initial fix.

- Update on the book creator. We're still in the process of performance testing the new renderer (https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T178278). Once this stage is complete, we will be able to provide more details on its capacity to render books.

5.235.181.192 (talkcontribs)

There is one of the most important aspect of a document missing which is pager number. It may someone wants to print a PDF file. Printing it without page number!

Johan (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Noted.

Dirk Hünniger (talkcontribs)
Reply to "Missing Page number"
76.93.225.208 (talkcontribs)

Your change to a smaller font size is not a positive for everyone, especially older readers. If at all possible, there should be a choice of font size.

Additionally, the PDF's are now rendered in A4 size. While much of the world uses that, the United States does not. Printing in "Letter" size reduces the page by 8%.

The combination of a smaller font AND the A4/Letter reduction really is a problem.

Johan (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Noted. Thanks for reporting.

This post was hidden by Johan (WMF) (history)
Dirk Hünniger (talkcontribs)
Reply to "Font Size and Page Size"
Vanyar (talkcontribs)

Too much underlines reduce the readability of the pdf, and they're useless.

I use PDF rendering either for printing or offline use. In either case I don't need the links, in most cases the links are not useful and don't need to be emphasize. By removing the link emphasisis you will get a cleaner and more readable output.

PS : Great work

This post was hidden by Johan (WMF) (history)
Dirk Hünniger (talkcontribs)
Reply to "Don't underline links"
Linear D (talkcontribs)

I have try to download a article on the Chinese Wikipedia. It was not so clear, could you make it clearer?

Can I download in Word Form, that'll be more easier. Thank you so much! Wikipedia is the best search engine I've ever seen!

This post was hidden by Johan (WMF) (history)
Dirk Hünniger (talkcontribs)
Reply to "Can I download that in Word form?"
212.185.85.78 (talkcontribs)

PDF export: Please include the widows and orphan rule.

TheDJ (talkcontribs)

As far as I know, that rule is included (as it is in normal print). However, the behaviour of widows and orphans only works WITHIN a single paragraph. As Wikipedia pages often have lots of paragraphs and headers on the page as well as many floating images and other elements, the behaviour you expect might not be possible to achieve for the renderer.

If you have specific examples that go wrong, you are welcome to upload and share them with us, for evaluation.

Dirk Hünniger (talkcontribs)

mediawiki2latex does respect the widows and orphan rule

Reply to "Widows and orphans rule"

Is there any clue on deployment time?

6
Theklan (talkcontribs)

Hello! I have been this course telling professors that they could download what their students did in a book format -"but not yet, soon"-... so I would like to know if there is any time scheduled for this feature. Thanks!

Johan (WMF) (talkcontribs)

PediaPress is investigating. We thought that December was realistic, but now it's May because plan A didn't work (as sometimes happen in software development), so ... we'll let you know as soon as possible.

Dirk Hünniger (talkcontribs)
Theklan (talkcontribs)

Indeed, I can download individual articles. But this MediaWiki2Latex doesn't download bunch of articles as books, isn't it?

Dirk Hünniger (talkcontribs)

You can also use it with collections. The command line option --bookmode or -k is handy in this case. But you will have to install ubuntu and the mediawiki2latex package on your computer. Theoretically you could select Template expansion = "Bookmode" in the web interface. But the computational resources on the underlying server are not large enough to handle collections of more the a few articles. The command line version in the ubuntu package repository does not have such limitations.

This post was hidden by Johan (WMF) (history)
Reply to "Is there any clue on deployment time?"

I need the book processor very soon. i will write a crime book and need many self created lexica

4
2A02:908:8A1:BAA0:54B5:477E:AC9:70E3 (talkcontribs)

i will write a crime book and need many self created lexica, so i need the html-to-pdf function latetst end may 2018

Johan (WMF) (talkcontribs)

That's unlikely to happen, unfortunately. Our apologies.

Dirk Hünniger (talkcontribs)
This post was hidden by Johan (WMF) (history)
Reply to "I need the book processor very soon. i will write a crime book and need many self created lexica"

Your articles are so good! Awesome! Keep the good work!

1
Linear D (talkcontribs)

Congratulations!

Realwackel (talkcontribs)

Chrome is just waitig for wikipedia.org to answer. Nothing happens. Doesnt work.<br>

German Wikipedia. Artikel Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum. Today. Just one minute ago. ~~~~

Johan (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Noted.

Linear D (talkcontribs)

Maybe it as been blocked, you could use VPN.

Reply to "Doesnt work"
207.172.75.30 (talkcontribs)

Suddenly all my "download PDF" files are in landscape format! Someone has changed something, and I can find no way for users to set the layout

Reply to "Page layout"