Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Wikisource/Allow side by side display of different version of same text

Allow side by side display of different version of same text

  • Problem: Sometimes, a document on wikisource could be originally in different languages/scripts, or is a translated version of a raw document. In these cases, it will be useful to display the source document, translitrated documents, and translated documents side by side.

    A number of wikisources are doing the same to some of their documents, by hosting copies of different versions of a source document on different pages, either within the same wikiprojects or from other wikiprojects. This is bad for controlling, editing, and correcting documents whenever applicable.

    Thus I believe there should be a tool that allow each page to host only exactly 1 language/script version of a document, and let different versions of the same document be softly linked with each other through some sort of linking mechanism, possibly through wikidata or such, and defaulting the display of source document in their original languages/scripts together with a translated modern version of the text, without needing to have same data being copied character-by-character to multiple pages/sites.

  • Proposed solution: Create an interface that can display of 2+ different text from same/different wikisource side by side, with default version display defined in wikitext but also allow user to choose their own version to compare.
  • Who would benefit: Anyone who use/contribute/manage multilingual content, or translated content, on wikisource.
  • More comments: It is noted that there are some javascript tools which tries to replicate the same, but they're limited to two versions of text as far as I am aware of, and do not line up the documents line by line properly.

    The wish was previously proposed in 2019 Community Wishlist.

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  • Proposer: C933103 (talk) 03:41, 17 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]