On 4/20/06, Jesse Martin <pathoschild(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I'm considering the creation of a public <format>-to-wikimarkup
conversion script hosted on my server. This script would accept input
from a user in various formats and output perfectly formatted wiki
markup. The specific conversions to wikimarkup I've thought of, in the
general order they'd be developed, are HTML, badly formatted wiki
markup, Microsoft Word, and plaintext. The input form would probably
be similar to that of <http://pathos.ca/listips> (another tool),
albeit better documented and with more options.
The script is intended to surpass other similar tools available in terms
* user-friendliness and simplicity of use;
* conformance to Wikisource conventions;
* extended options for experienced users;
* Much greater variety of accepted format on a single page;
* open source code with full documentation;
* open development (suggestions, examples, and code from editors all
Everyone is welcome to help find badly-formatted texts on Wikisource
and text from various other sources and formats. Users knowledgeable
in regex and/or PHP are welcome to help with the coding. The
documentation and discussion would probably be located at
[[Wikisource:Tools and scripts/WikiMLConvert]].
What? Wikisource has badly marked up texts?!
Actually, this sounds like it will be a wonderful script. When it comes to
texts from PG, it's such drudge work to have to format it personally, and
not everyone understands bots, either. Having a handy tool which can mark
up text documents will be an immensely popular tool. I see HTML and text
(usually the two most common sources for texts) as being definitely the most
useful, followed next by Word, although I don't use Word to work with source
If I knew how to code, I'd definitely help out with the project, but I guess
I'm stuck with only being able to give input and suggestions.