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Fixing Maps - August/September 2012

The August 2012 upgrade of MediaWiki from version 1.15.x to 1.19.x caused several problems for maps produced with Display_Map and Display_Point 1. The syntax for the Display_Map and Display_Point command changed. There is no longer a pipe character after the initial colon character. 2. For Display_Point commands, there is no longer a semicolon at the end of the final location 3. The Display_Point command has a bug which interferes with footnotes. No Display_Point command can appear between any footnotes and the <Reference/> or {{Reflist}} commands.

The old clickable US state maps no longer work. There are now the following templates:

  • {{USA imagemap state names coal}}
  • {{USA imagemap state names existing coal plants}}
  • {{USA imagemap state names existing coal waste sites}}
  • {{USA imagemap state names proposed coal plants}}
  • {{USA imagemap state names existing coal mines}}
  • {{USA imagemap state names proposed coal mines}}
  • {{USA imagemap state names fracking}}

The following (in rough order of priority) is a list of projects that need to be done to correct or move maps:

To Do

  • In the "(Country) and coal" pages, reposition any maps that use Display_Point. (Fewer than 10 pages -- most do not have the problem, but need to click through the list to make sure) (AC)


  • In the "(State) and coal" pages, reposition any maps that use Display_Point to a "Maps" section at the bottom. Also, replace the old USA map with the new one. (50 pages) (TN - completed)
  • In the "(State) and fracking" pages, replace the old USA map with the new one. (TN - COMPLETED)
  • Existing coal waste pages (327 pages) all appear to be in working order - no need to fix
  • In the Existing coal mines pages, fix display_map commands. (CS - COMPLETED)
  • In the Existing coal mines pages, replace current US map with {{USA imagemap state names existing coal mines}} (CS - COMPLETED)

Notes from 2008

Please add the issue of coal fires to this discussion. There are many natural and man-made coal fires burning out of control around the globe. These are a major source of CO2s. In China alone, the fires are estimated to produce as much CO2 as all the vehicles in North America. In the US, a Pennsylvanian town has been abandoned due to the fires burning under it. Awareness needs to be raised and finding a way to extinguish them should be a global priority. (CS: There is a Coal fires page.)

This site has considerable information: http://www.gi.alaska.edu/~prakash/coalfires/india.html

A bit more on coal fires: http://burycoal.com/blog/2010/02/10/coal-fires/

Here is a possible map that could provide a global interface: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:BlankMap-World.png

According to Wikipedia, this make can be used "for making country locator maps."

Here is a version with country borders drawn: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:BlankMap-World-Borders.png

Here is a more comprehensive treatment of Wikipedia blank maps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Blank_maps#SVG_format_World_Maps

Here is the WikiProjects Maps page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Maps

Here is a page for "clickable maps": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_geographic_imagemaps

Here is a world map that lets you click to regions (US, Canada, Africa, etc.): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:World_image_map#United_States

Notes from 2010


One group blog that may be of interest to people is BuryCoal.com. It is aiming to make the case for leaving coal underground, along with unconventional oil and gas. I would post a link myself but, as the editor of the site, I don't want to inappropriately promote it.

It is a group blog, and we are always looking for contributions. --Ilnyckyj 17:41, 16 March 2010 (UTC)