Printed PediaPress books

This page gives experienced users details on the advanced functions of the Book tool. Among other things, it explains how the layout of books can be improved and how books are stored on Appropedia.

Saving books[edit | edit source]

Format of stored book pages

When you save a book using the Appropedia book creator, it is stored in the format shown below.

{{saved book                            
 |title       =                       
 |subtitle    = Optional subtitle     
 |cover-image = Imageneeded.png       
 |cover-color = white                 
 |description = Add description here. }}

== Title ==
=== Subtitle ===

;Chapter 1
:[[First article]]
:[[Article 2|Second article]]
:[[Third article]]

;Chapter 2
:[[Fourth article]]
:[[5th article|Fifth article]]
:[[Sixth article]]

[[Category:Appropedia books ...
(community/user books|{{SUBPAGENAME}}]]

<-- The template appearing at the top of the page
<-- This is only used to generate a preview of the cover, default is {{SUBPAGENAME}}
<-- This is only used to generate a preview of the cover
<-- The default* cover image of the book (see note below)
<-- The default* cover color of the book (see note below)
<-- This is only used to show an online description of the book

<-- Title of the book
<-- Subtitle of the book

<-- First chapter's name (starts with a semicolon)
<-- First article (starts with a colon)
<-- Second article (renamed)
<-- Third article

<-- Second chapter's name
<-- Fourth article
<-- Fifth article (renamed)
<-- Sixth article

<-- The book automaticallly is categorized in [[Category:Appropedia books ...
(community books) or (user books)]], and sorts as {{SUBPAGENAME}}

*   These parameters are not currently supported by the book creator but will be
    at some point in the future. In the meantime, these can be used to give a
    preview of what the book cover could be like.

You also can create a book from scratch by using the same format. The {{Book}} template will help you get started with a basic Appropedia books format.

Allowed syntax

Only the following syntax is allowed:

Title The title is contained in double equals signs.

== Title ==

Subtitle The subtitles is contained in three equals signs.

=== Subtitle ===

Chapter headings Chapter headings are preceded with a semicolon.

{;Chapter name

Adding an article An article is inserted as a wikilink after a colon.


Renaming an article You can use a pipe ('|') to rename the article in the book.

{:[[Python (programming language)|Python]]

Categorizing books Categorize the book in Category:Appropedia books (community books) or Category:Appropedia books (user books), and sort it as "{{SUBPAGENAME}}". These, and possibly other, Appropedia books tracking and cleanup categories automatically will be added by the {{Saved book}} template.

Also, place the book under any corresponding "Appropedia books on topic" categories that are listed under the main Appropedia books category.

  • When creating a new books category, use the following style (note that "topic" is not capitalized unless it is a proper name or the beginning of the sort pipe). The {{Book}} template, used for starting a new main topic book, also will start a new Appropedia books on topic category, if needed.
[[Category:Appropedia books on topic|Topic]]
  • The new books category itself should be placed into at least one broader books category and one encyclopedia category. This will ensure the new category is properly classified for books, and it is included as a "Books" subcategory under the encyclopedia topic.
  • [[Category:Appropedia books on broader topic|Topic]] The broadest category is [[Category:Appropedia books|Topic]]
  • When adding a books category to its corresponding encyclopedia category, use the "β" pipe to sort it into the "Books" section of the subcategories list.
Location of books

Books can be saved either in the user's namespace [[User:Name/Books/Bookname]] or as a community book at [[Book:Bookname]]. To be recognized as a book, it must belong to either category Category:Appropedia books (community books) or Category:Appropedia books (user books) (automatically added by {{saved book}}).

Loading books[edit | edit source]

To load a book, simply click on the 'Open in Book Creator' link in the banner at the top of each book. If the banner isn't present, then add {{saved book}} at the top of the page.

Improving the book layout[edit | edit source]

Some wiki-markup can lead to problems in the generation of PDF documents as part of the book feature. This mainly applies to templates, which will be displayed differently in the electronic or print version compared to how they look in the online version of an article. This can be fixed by either substituting the current template or removing the template from the content that cause problems in the PDF. As a rule of thumb, all content (especially templates) that is not useful for an offline version of the document, should be excluded from the print version.

Identifying problems[edit | edit source]

The most efficient way to identify problems is to go on the individual articles of your book and view the article as a PDF (click "Download as PDF" in the "Print/export" box on the left hand sidebar of your screen, towards the bottom). Preview the page, and if something doesn't look right, chances are there's a problem. While the printed books and OpenDocument version will differ from the PDF version, they share a lot of similarities. If something looks weird in the PDF version, chances are it will also look weird in the printed book or OpenDocument version.

Usually there are three kinds of problems:

  • A template that is not content-related (such as a navigational box) is displayed. See below on how to fix this.
  • Something looks weird, such as 234+23-21 in the PDF, or having superfluous whitespace. This is usually due to a template being coded in a non-standard way, or to a problem with the rendering software. You can try to fix this yourself if you know your way around templates. If you don't know how to fix it or are simply intimidated by templates, leave a message on the talk page of the template, and place a notice at Help:Books/Feedback and someone will look into it.
  • Content and style problems, such as spelling, grammar, different varieties of English, poorly worded sentences, ...

Fixing problems[edit | edit source]

There are four ways to resolve issues caused by templates:

Note: Many templates use other templates to function. Therefore groups/types of templates can be excluded by adding the commonly used template to this category.
  • Exclude certain specific content: By using Template:Hide in print, certain specific content, such as a few words or an image, can be excluded from printing.

    This content will be printed. {{Hide in print|This content will *not* be printed.}} This content will be printed.

  • Include certain specific content only in print versions: The Template:Only in print can be used to insert content that shall only be visible in offline versions.

    This content will be printed. {{Only in print|This content will only appear in PDFs or printed books, *not* with the browser. This content will be printed.}}

  • Substitute templates You can create a print version of a template under the name "Template:TEMPLATENAME/Print" with "Template:TEMPLATENAME" being the name of the original template. If a /Print page exists, it will overide the original template.

Content problems such as poorly worded sentences, or style problems such as variations in the citation style used, can be fixed only by editing the article.

Using main/supporting articles or topical outline book content styles[edit | edit source]

One easily definable style of book, in terms of the content it contains, is to include the main article and all supporting articles that are referenced as major expansions of selected sections. Supporting article links typically are included at the top of a section using templates such as {{Main}} and {{See also}}.

Topical outlines, such as the Outline of sustainability, also can be used as the starting point for selecting a book's content.

Books using these content styles offer a comprehensive coverage of the main article or topic, usually within a reasonable number of pages.

Multi-wiki Books[edit | edit source]

Using the extension it is currently impossible to create a collection of content from multiple wikis. However, you can easily create books containing articles from multiple wikis using the bookmarklet offered on this page.

See also[edit | edit source]