lars at aronsson
Aug 7, 2002, 1:44 PM
Post #1 of 1
daniwo59 [at] aol wrote:
Re: [Wikipedia-l] Easton's Bible Dictionary
> To me, a major part of the problem is that the material is so out of date. It
> fails to take into account the past hundred years of archeological research,
> which is essential. Furthermore, the statistics it gives about places are
> hopelessly outdated. For example, Anatoth, currently 'Anata, is a fair sized
I think I have a working solution to this sort of problem:
Old texts should be scanned (in facsimile if possible) and put on a
read-only website which allows deep linking. For example, the article
on the Electric Telegraph from a 19th century Swedish encyclopedia is
available on the URL http://www.lysator.liu.se/runeberg/nfad/0192.html
(have a look, nice pictures, all public domain).
The URL up to ...runeberg/ is the name of the website and "nf" is for
the encyclopedia and "nfad" is the 4th volume of the 1st edition.
Then in the wiki, a rule is added so the shorthand "nf:ad0192" is
automatically recognized and converted into a hypertext link, in a
fashion similar to ISBN numbers. The example is found on the wiki
where the wiki text "nf:ad0192" is converted into (my translation)
See [http://www.lysator.liu.se/runeberg/nfad/0192.html the article]
in the 1st edition of [[Nordisk familjebok]], volume 4, 1881.
and then into HTML.
So, what you need is a stable and deep-linkable read-only website with
the old contents that you want to use, and a shorthand linking scheme
in the wiki software. You do not want old text copied into the wiki.
Easton's Bible Dictionary is available in a deep-linkable, stable,
read-only website, the Christian Classics Ethereal Library,
starting on http://www.ccel.org/e/easton/ebd/
For example, the article on Anatoth is available on the URL
apparently with 100 articles per HTML page, and this is article 233.
If this is a work that you often want to refer to, add the following
pattern rule to the wikipedia source code for the English Wikipedia,
ebd:([0-9]+) e.g. ebd:233
'See [http://www.ccel.org/e/easton/ebd/ebd/' +
sprintf("T%05d00.html#T%07d", $1/100, $1) +
' the article] in [[Easton's Bible Dictionary]] (1897)
Adding this "ebd:" rule to the wikipedia software doesn't hurt
anybody, since 99.99% of all articles will not contain the ebd:
pattern. But as soon as anybody, who knows EBD and this rule, starts
to use it, it saves a lot of time and effort in creating links instead
of copying useless text into the wiki.
Lars Aronsson (lars [at] aronsson)
Teknikringen 1e, SE-583 30 Linuxköping, Sweden
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