Hi Anthony, Thanks for this initiative!
As someone who deals with budget tables, I am very supportive of improving features for table editing. Have you tried editing tables in VE? You might also consider using a spreadsheet like Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, or (offline) LibreOffice Calc. Because the use case here involves medical content, I am cross-posting this thread to the Wikimedia-Medicine mailing list, and also pinging Doc James to ask for comments. Pine On Apr 16, 2016 23:21, "Anthony Cole" <ahcole...@gmail.com> wrote: > BMJ, the publishers of the *British Medical Journal* and other top-tier > biomedical journals, have kindly recruited the best minds they can get to > review the en.Wikipedia's article, "Parkinson's disease". > > We began the review by passing the article, in a Word document, from one > reviewer to the next by email. Each made proposed changes to the article > text and left comments in the document, using Word's "Review" and "Track > changes" features. > > At that point we needed to start a discussion, and Word isn't ideal for > that. So I pasted the relevant paragraphs from the Word document into the > left column of a wiki table, and the reviewers' comments into the right > column, where the discussion could happen.  I manually applied > background colours to distinguish deletions from additions in the left > column, using <span style="background:#xxxxxx">. > > That discussion has now begun but one of the many things I've learned > during all this is, the top researchers and theorists spend a lot of time > in the air (travelling to conferences, lectures, meetings), and it is then, > free from the demands of job and family, when they do their reviewing. > > So, I have pasted that wiki table into Word and have made it available to > the reviewers here: . Now they can download a copy before they get on a > flight, and email it back to me with their comments when they're online > again, and I'll transcribe their comments into the wiki table for > discussion. > > This may be as simple as it gets but I just thought I'd put this before > you, in case you may have thoughts on a better technical approach for next > time. (BMJ have offered to do more of these.) I'm finding the construction > of the wiki table tedious (particularly highlighting the deletions and > additions) though I'm getting faster, and transcribing offline comments > from the Word document into the wiki table will be a small chore. The wiki > table pastes easily into Word with highlighting and formatting intact, but > not vice versa. (I've also asked at Village pump (technical).) > > Any thoughts on making this easier or smarter would be much appreciated. > > Anthony Cole > > 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anthonyhcole/sandbox > 2. > > https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=C1FF29217E209194!2141&ithint=file%2cdocx&app=Word&authkey=!AFGj7fd2K4v7N5o > _______________________________________________ > Wikitech-l mailing list > wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikitech-l
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