Steve Bennett schrieb:
On 4/11/06, Magnus Manske <magnus.manske(a)web.de>
I suggest the implementation of a new magic
which will change the display of the title. I am aware that it would be
a potential target for vandals, but hey, what on wikipedia isn't?
I'd be willing to implement it if there's no major objection.
I love the idea. I agree that notes like "The correct title of this
article is eBay. It's shown incorrectly due to technical restrictions"
are, um, suboptimal".
What kind of restrictions could you put in to ensure that
oldlimitations(HTML-encoded title) = actual title? In other words, you
don't want to allow someone to make "PKb" display as "Jerry's
cock", or even worse, "Abortion" or something. Actually, a more
likely problem is people using it as a loophole around
page-move-protection ("what? you won't let me move it? I'll just
That problem is probably not too hard, right? Rip out all formatting
and punctuation, and case-insensitive compare against actual title?
Although it occurs to me that you don't really want to allow HTML
coded titles (colors, images, blinking, underlines...), either. You
really only want treat the major specific technical limitations:
* lower case first letter
Otherwise there will be a whole new grey area of what should and
shouldn't be kept in the page title. Should Google appear in different
colours? Can a company title have certain letters in bold? Are
different font sizes acceptable?
We agreed on standards for articles in these matters. We can do that for
the relatively low number of article titles this would affect.
So it might be better to define a special markup
real HTML markup), and simply ignore the entire template tag if it
fails any requirement.
I'd just use our usual WikiMarkup plus HTML and have it limited through
the manual of style. Inventing a whole new markup (and the appropriate
new parser) for a few titles which people will have to learn in addition
to the existing one doesn't seem prudent, somehow :-)
Your list (punctuation, case, sub/sup) seems good, although I'd allow
italics as well (I don't have an example, though). With only the manual
of style limiting markup, we can expand it where necessary.