While helping maintain the New World Encyclopedia, I tried to install the LuceneSearch extension to replace the default MySQL-full-text-based search used by MediaWiki. Since our server did not come with any pre-requisites necessary for compiling and running Java applications, I spent quite some time on it, and still did not get it to work.
All of sudden (hint, hint,) a message came to the mediawiki developers list about a new search extension that uses Sphinx search engine. Installing Sphinx was a breeze! The extension was an initial “request-for-comments” version, so I started working with the author to spruce it up. You can see the results at NWE, MediaWiki.org, and SourceForge.
If after installing your new miniPCI card into your ThinkPad laptop you get an 1802 error at boot, here is the solution.
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This is a classic, of course, but I decided to post something about each site I link to. This is probably the first article I read on ALA site:
The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters)
And for the reference, some of the character codes from the article:
- – (– en dash is used to indicate a range of just about anything, etc.)
- — (— em dash is used to indicate a sudden break in thought, etc.)
- ‘ (‘ opening single quote)
- ’ (’ closing single quote or an apostrophe)
- “ (“ opening double quote)
- ” (” closing double quote)
The first version of this post had a silly statement about WordPress needing some tool to help with entering the proper codes for some of these special characters. Well, thanks to a comment from Matt, I know better now 🙂