User:John Maynard Friedman

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Despite occasional urban myths, Milton Keynes is not named after Milton Friedman and John Maynard Keynes. The name is centuries old and comes from an ancient village that is now part of the new city. Though it could be that JMK is descended from the de Cahaignes, the Anglo-Norman family who once owned these parts.

JMF is none of the above.

Friedman rule[edit]

I am not responsible for the Friedman rule, it was the other bloke.

Talk to me[edit]

Leave a message on my talk page ->

GAs and DYKs[edit]

Good Articles that I nominated[edit]

Did You Know features from these GAs[edit]

My useful links[edit]


Good example of setting-up and using inline harvnb[edit]

In July 2015, Sir Peter Hendy was appointed Chairman of Network Rail "and asked by the Secretary of State to conduct a thorough review of the enhancement programme in England & Wales to see what can be delivered in an affordable and timely way within the funding period to 2019".[1] The report states "During CP5 development work will continue into the full re-opening of the route between Bicester and Bletchley [...] and delivery will be started as soon as possible".[2] However, in the table that lists in detail the revised work programme, the route is shown as one of the "Projects with significant delivery in CP5 and completion in CP6"[3] (CP5 is 2014–2019; CP6 is 2019–2024[4]).

(written by user:Redrose64 at East West Rail Link)

Harv in a bibliography[edit]

Statement1.[5] Statement1.[6]

  • Bendixson, Terence; Platt, John (1992). Milton Keynes: Image and reality. Cambridge: Granta Editions. ISBN 978-0906782729.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

R template[edit]

template:r is a quick way to shorten named refs and include chapter/section/page numbers.

Bare URLs[edit]



Poole, Robert (1995). Calendar Reform in eighteenth-century England. Oxford Academic Past & Present. p. 117, footnote 77.


Poole, Robert (1995). "'Give us back our eleven days!': Calendar Reform in eighteenth-century England". Past & Present. 149 (1): 95–139. doi:10.1093/past/149.1.95. p. 117, footnote 77.

Got title, need ISBN, publisher etc[edit]

Following a link from an isbn= took me to and I found that it is far better than Google (or Amazon) when doing the reverse – I have a title but I need its ISBN. It also gives publisher, location, date, translator – just what one needs to complete a template:cite book.

Historic England[edit]



Statutes at large[edit]

Wlinking to an older instance of a page[edit]


with this diff, xyz

"[ ... ] You can also use the {{oldid}} template: my sandbox or go through a special page my sandbox." Gospel according to Redrose64 🌹

Antivandalism and other warnings[edit]

Editing talk pages[edit]

{{od}} restart indent sequence

IP editors[edit]

Obscure MOS links[edit]

Old OS maps[edit]

  • NLoS Find maps by place, down to 1:2500.
  • template:cite map
    • <ref>{{cite map |author = Ordnance Survey | title =OS Six-inch England and Wales, 1842-1952 |map = Buckinghamshire XV (includes: Bletchley; Bow Brickhill; Walton.) | map-url = |date = |year = 1885 |url = |scale = 1:10,560 |publisher = National Library of Scotland |access-date = 27 August 2020|archive-url = |archive-date = }}</ref>

Screen-reader ready[edit]

It just shouldn't rely on color and/or font alone; if it's marked up with <kbd>...</kbd> (which indicates keystrokes or other textual input, and is more loosely spec-defined than <code>...</code>), that's a sufficient HTML/CSS handle for anyone with a screen reader to tell their software to do something specific when encountering that element. But if there's no specific element, just some CSS coloring and/or font-family on a span, all screen readers will ignore it as irrelevant visual fluff. That would mostly be a problem when the content coincides with an English word like a or I, though it would probably also affect punctuation characters (we need them to be interpreted as characters in and of themselves in these cases, not as part of the regular flow of the sentence; I think by default most screen readers would just ignore it as mis-placed punctuation (a typo), though some might even do something more wrong, e.g. misinterpret a single-quote character being presented as a glyph, as instead indicating the beginning of a quotation. While not everyone with a screen reader will do something to distinguish <kbd> markup, at least they have the option, and it won't be dependent on using a unique-to-WP CSS class, either, so easier to deal with on their end.


Rather than outright copy the lead of another article, use {{excerpt}} to replicate it automagically.

Collapsible list[edit]

Better disambiguation articles and See also lists[edit]

  • {{anli}}, appends the short description (aka {{annotated link}}
  • {{subst:AnnotatedListOfLinks| etc etc}} to convert a long See Also to use ALs.

Trouble at t'mill[edit]

My test page[edit]

User:John Maynard Friedman/Test

Things to follow up[edit]

To do on a long cold wet day[edit]


Getting metro area population from Nomis[edit]

  1. then section headed Local Area Report
  2. Name of urban area and then Search ... Example: Bristol
  3. Select the relevant built up area ... Example: Built-up area (villages, towns or cities), ...Bristol (in South West Region) (caution! not "Built-up area sub divisions (town or city sub divisions)").
  4. Get the GSS E number from the response ... Example: "This report covers the characteristics of people and households in Bristol Built-up area in South West (GSS code E34004965)".
  5. Plug into template:NOMIS2011 ... Example {{NOMIS2011|id=E34004965|title=Bristol BUA}} produces UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Bristol BUA (E34004965)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. which reports "There were 617,280 usual residents as at Census day 2011".
  6. Wrap in ref tags and attach to figure in table.



  1. ^ Hendy, Peter (25 November 2015). Report from Sir Peter Hendy to the Secretary of State for Transport on the replanning of Network Rail's Investment Programme (PDF) (Report). Network Rail. p. 2.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. ^ Hendy 2015, p. 15
  3. ^ Hendy 2015, p. 37
  4. ^ Hendy 2015, p. 5
  5. ^ Bendixson & Platt 1992, p. 123.
  6. ^ Bendixson & Platt 1992, pp. 224–226.