magnus.manske at epost
Jul 16, 2002, 2:13 PM
Post #2 of 2
*** Sorry, that went to the wrong group. ***
Nice idea! Anyone remember the "auto-wikification" feature? This could be
one of its functions.
But, Lee is very cautious when it comes to software changing articles, and
he *does* have a point.
But, things like this could be on some kind of button, IMHO.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: wikitech-l-admin [at] nupedia
> [mailto:wikitech-l-admin [at] nupedia]On Behalf Of Lars Aronsson
> Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 10:59 PM
> To: wikitech-l [at] nupedia
> Subject: [Wikitech-l] Auto-harvesting of dates
> It is very easy to write a regexp that will recognize and parse dates in
> running text using formats like "July 14, 1789". That kind of automatic
> harvesting can be applied when a Wiki article is saved, and the dates
> found can be indexed and easily searchable.
> Was this alternative ever considered before the introduction of the
> current Wikipedia custom of writing [[July 14]], []? Many people
> have spent their time adding [] markup to any years and dates in
> Wikipedia articles, and maintain the pages for dates and years. This time
> could have been saved if automatic harvesting and indexing had been used
> instead. (I am one of those persons.)
> The current Wikipedia custom is an entrenched position, that would take
> more energy to get out of than I dare think about. However, it is just as
> easy to write that regexp to recognize dates in formats like "[[July 14]],
> []" instead.
> If you would like to test a function like this, visit
> and click on this Swedish chemist's birth date "9 december 1742".
> My regexps recognize "99 monthname 9999", "monthname 9999", "year 9999",
> "born 9999", "died 9999", "9999-talet" (centuries and decades), which are
> the most common ways to specify dates in Swedish text. Clicking on a date
> leads to a search of adjacent dates found in other pages, chronologically
> sorted. Monthnames without day number are sorted before the 1st of that
> month. Years without months sort before January 1 of that year. Decades
> and centuries sort before the first year of the specified interval.
> Lars Aronsson (lars [at] aronsson)
> tel +46-70-7891609
> http://aronsson.se/ http://elektrosmog.nu/ http://susning.nu/
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