File sync with Commons; collaborative video editing

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Dear Jim,

Wayne mentioned that "if you use the identical file name of an image on the commons -- it will first prioritise local files of the same name -- if it doesn't it exist -- it will pull the commons image metadata in WE for serving on a WE page." and referred me to you for the technical details. Can you give me some pointers?

Besides, I have tested the OOImport today and find it useful, even though I rarely use OO. Do you know of a similar converter for TeX2wiki? I also intended to test the collaborative video editing feature today and set up a test page for that, but even the display of the videos does not work for me (nor of those at the gallery). I am on OS X 10.5.8 and have tried Firefox, Opera, Safari and Camino - all permanently display the rotating icon indicating "Buffering".

Thanks for your help!


Daniel Mietchen (talk)10:00, 17 August 2010

Sorry, I rarely notice the Talk pages since there is no email notification.

Recent (>1.11?) versions of MediaWIki allow specifying arrays of foreign repositories. $wgForeignFileRepos has some documentation. You can make your local MediaWiki instance cache assets pulled from the remote repository for a specified period.

No, I don't know of a TeX2wiki online conversion tool.

Yes, the Kaltura collaborative video tool has been broken for the past month (WikiEducator status). Their bug tracker has been down all that time and they have not been responding to email. Unless you really need the collaborative feature of Kaltura, I would advise using one of the other video sources like (using or uploading a movie in Ogg format to the MediaWiki Commons.

JimTittsler (talk)13:39, 19 August 2010

Yesterday Asia Jędrzejewska-Szmek has published an alpha version of a LaTeX to wikitext tool. It is written in Python 3.1 so it will run on most platforms. A couple of quick tests suggests it is a good starting place, although at least for my pages a couple of figures weren't handled correctly and there was a bit of hand cleanup needed.
JimTittsler (talk)16:31, 1 September 2010