Great, it breaks half of the bots on Wikipedia, and multiple tools as
I hope Image: will become a shortcut to File:, right?
On Oct 6, 2008, at 2:24 PM [Oct 6, 2008 ], Brion Vibber wrote:
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As per long-time wistful desire, we're planning to rename the 'Image:'
namespace to 'File:'. This will reduce confusion with audio, video,
document file uploads being called 'images' -- they're now all
first-class citizens. :)
This should go smoothly and transparently for most purposes. 'Image:'
will continue to be an alias, and perhaps even recommended for
But some user scripts and bots might get confused, so we're giving
Image description pages will now sit at the 'File:' title rather than
will reflect this, such as:
var wgCanonicalNamespace = "File";
var wgPageName = "File:Wiki.png";
<body class="mediawiki ltr ns-6 ns-subject
If your script or bot relies on wgCanonicalNamespace being 'Image', or
the value of the language-specific prefix, consider updating it to
both 'Image' and 'File' or check the number instead (6).
I've made a patch against r41626 and attached it to the bug:
Unless there's a major issue, my plan is to commit it one week from
today. Once the core English namespace is changed, other localizations
may update their localized namespace names and aliases at their
Please *do not* update localizations before it's been committed!
- -- brion
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