News 4 Infoboxes v2.0

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Hi Mount Wiki users,

The crew worked hard to develop new and easy to use infoboxes. You might have noticed that the infoboxes are now very similar for huts, mountains, glaciers etc. We would like to keep it that way and only the colors will differ. Yellow is for mountains and passes (darker yellow to brown is for ranges and massifs), red is for huts, blue is for demographic features (villages, regions...) and the very bright colors are reserved for natural elements such as lakes, rivers and glaciers.

The complexity of the infoboxes has increased, resulting in conditional display of certain elements (e.g. links to maps are only displayed if the coordinates are present). To simplify this for users, we designed forms. At the top of a page with an infobox, you can see a tab edit infobox. Instead of editing the raw source data, you can just click this tab and fill/edit the form and you are done. Ain't that easy?

We also installed the Semantic Wiki package. In short, data is consistent between pages which means that there should be no redundant data in 2 different infoboxes. A very nice example is the Pass infobox where you should not specify any range or massif, just the 2 mountains that make up the pass. Using the data from the 2 mountains, the range and massif are automatically set for the mountain pass. There are more examples and algorithms working in the background to keep data consistent, up to date and make everything as easy as possible for the editors.

The crew also put a lot of effort in the new Route infobox and dito form. With a minimal input such as the hut and the summit for example, data is gathered from the hut page and some calculations happen on the fly. With a nice infobox as a result. Have a look at an existing infobox to see how data should be formatted, but again it is rather straightforward using the edit infobox tab at the top of a page which will pop up a form to edit.

Another nice example is the Nearby Features function in certain infoboxes (we are working on implementing them in all the types of infoboxes that are present on MountWiki). If coordinates are specified, every page with an infobox (being it a hut, mountain or a lake...) within 3km of the hut/mountain/pass will be listed here. This is very handy for users that like to click through to interesting features nearby.

We also completed automated categorizing of pages. The best thing again is to have a look at an existing page. For example Weisshorn has a lot of categories at the bottom of the page. All but 1 category are added automatically by using the input data from the infoboxes. Again nice and handy for the editors.

We have officially completed an important phase in the history of Mount Wiki. The existing pages (Huts, Passes and Mountains) have been cleaned up. Together with this, the technical back-end development has gone into a freeze, meaning that the layout of these pages will not change anymore in the future. We might fix a bug now and then but no major updates, infobox changes or installation of extension will happen anymore. From now on we will focus 100% on adding content and developing new types of content.

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