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There are two types of articles in Wikidocumentaries.

  • Collaborative created article topic's main articles are discussed on this page.
  • Articles created as memoirs by one person are created on the testimonials page.

Displaying an article in the topic page

  • As a user I can read a main article about the current topic
    • If the topic exists in Wikidata, the article to be displayed or added should be in Wikipedia.
    • If the topic exists in Wikidocumentaries only, the article is stored in Wikidocumentaries.

Wikipedia articles

  • Editing a Wikipedia article happens in Wikipedia.

Local articles

Local articles can be created in the local wiki.

  • All language versions of a Wikidocumentaries article are stored as separate wiki pages in Wikidocumentaries.
  • Articles will have entries in the Wikibase to be able to connect them to different topics and language versions or they can be added using the modified sitelinks feature.
  • Navigating the articles in different languages in the Wikidocumentaries MediaWiki needs a solution to connect them together.
  • Visual editor needs to be installed and modified to support bespoke linking. This is a more general federation need.
  • The user should be able to use a modified Visual Editor to edit (local) articles.


  • The links of a Wikipedia article are replaced with links within Wikidocumentaries, using the QID. as this is too expensive, a router redirects the link to a QID-based address. See linking.
  • The links in a Wikidocumentaries article have QIDs and Wikidocs-QIDs natively
  • The user can add links to Wikidocumentaries topics in Wikipedia articles
    • The link is stored locally as an annotation. How is the annotation stored? As a data table? including the annotated text, the target item, the language and the contributor of the link. Must check compatibility with W3C Web Annotation recommendations.





  • View/edit in Wikipedia
  • The icon can also be the Wikipedia logo


  • Crowdsourcing actions about the article


  • Create missing article (in Wikipedia / in Wikidocumentaries) if no article can be displayed.


  • List of language links to user's other languages
  • Option to display more languages
  • When displaying another language article, show link to translate from that language to the user's language


  • Wikipedia or Wikidocumentaries article of the topic. Initially in the user's language, can be changed to another language while the rest of the interface stays in the user's language.
  • Message if no article is available
  • Possibility to add placeholder article created from facts

Article options

Item in Wikidata – article exists in Wikipedia in the users's language

  • Display article Wikipedia article.
  • Buttons
    • Expand article to read it all. Displays the whole article in the page. Can apply a more enjoyable layout with images, tables, whitespace etc.
    • Wikipedia/External/Edit-button Read/edit article in Wikipedia.
    • Languages: Option to read in other available languages.
    • Actions:
      • Tasks of picking the links in the text and adding to Wikidata
  • Links: Select text which does not have links. Display search and resulting result links. Red links can be treated similarly. The annotations can be saved for further use.

Item in Wikidata – article does not exist in Wikipedia in the user's language

  • Display article: Display placeholder text which prompts to read the article in another language or to create or translate the article in Wikipedia, or automatically created article.
  • Buttons:
    • External/Edit-button: Edit article in Wikipedia.
    • Languages: Access to articles in other languages.
    • Plus: Offer a link to create or translate a page in Wikipedia.

Item in Wikidocumentaries – article exists in Wikidocumentaries in the user's language

  • Display article: Display the locally saved article. Option to read in another language (Languages-button).
  • Title: Article
  • Buttons:
    • Edit: Use a modified version of Visual Editor to edit the article and links (Edit-button).
    • Languages

Item in Wikidocumentaries – article does not exist in the user's language

  • Display article
    • Display text and links to read in another language or create the article.
    • Create a placeholder article from recorded facts.
      • Display alert message with a text and links.
  • Title: Article
  • Buttons
    • Plus: Create a new article in Wikidocumentaries Visual editor, insert draft text, set in edit mode.
      • Tooltip: Create a new article.
    • Languages Display menu only if other language articles exist. Display only user's languages. Display a link to more languages.
      • Tooltip: Other languages.
      • Action: Display the article in another language.
  • Alert: There is no article about [topic] in Wikidocumentaries. This article has been automatically created from the recorded facts. You can read the article in another language or [save this draft and start editing the article]. Style: Alert.


About Technology Design Content modules Tool pages


Wikidocumentaries blog

Wikidocumentaries demo

Phabricator project

Facebook group

Using Wikibase

Federation with Wikidata




Page types

Landing page

Topic page

User page

Organisation page

Project page

Tool page



Main toolbar and footer


Topic page header

Content module








Family tree





Related content



Newspaper articles

Social graph




Visual editor

Query tool


Open Refine

Creating topics

Uploading images

Geolocating tool

Image viewer

Metadata editor

Media metadata

Rectifying maps


Identification tool

Properties to content