As the testing of the wiki-to-print project (see WMF press release
) is currently in
progress on labs (http://en.labs.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
), I'd like to tell you a
about the project to open up the topic to a broader audience.
The goal of the wiki-to-print project is to add a high quality
export facility to the MediaWiki. Users can easily collect wiki
are rendered as PDFs (or OpenDocument Text, Docbook, XHTML; more formats
possible) or sent to print-on-demand services.
The two OpenSource software parts used to realize this
* the Python packages mwlib and mwlib.rl (http://code.pediapress.com/mwlib
) that contain a MediaWiki
parser, tools to fetch articles/images/templates via MediaWiki API
several writers that render documents in different formats.
* and the Collection extension
) -- a MediaWiki
extension that allows collecting of articles, saving/loading them
wiki pages, rendering documents in PDF or another format and
ordering printed books from a print on demand partner like
We have a mailing list (http://groups.google.com/group/mwlib
) and a
bug tracker (http://code.pediapress.com
). If you have specific
problems feel free to discuss on that list or create tickets.
In coordination with Erik Möller and Brion Vibber, we are looking
a soonish deployment on Wikibooks and eventually on Wikipedias.
Probably lots of you have their own MediaWiki installations. We
to try out the Collection extension: If you have a low-traffic wiki,
even have to install any Python software, because you can use the public
render server (which is configured by default). Just make sure that
is reachable from the outside internet and has api.php enabled.
-- Johannes Beigel