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Wikimedia-mode.el is obsolete![edit]

wikimedia-mode.el is apparently no longer maintained and most of the code here has been incorporated into mediawiki.el.

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This article describes the installation of wikipedia-mode, an Emacs major mode for editing articles in Wikipedia and other wikis running MediaWiki software offline, and of the auxiliary mode longlines-mode. These modes tweak Emacs's behavior in several ways to make it easier to edit MediaWiki articles. In particular, wikipedia-mode provides syntax highlighting for MediaWiki markup.

For other methods of using Emacs with Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Text editor support.

Installing wikipedia-mode[edit]

To install wikipedia-mode, save wikipedia-mode.el to a convenient directory, preferably one in your Emacs load-path. (To see which directories are in your load-path, type C-h v load-path while in Emacs.)

Next, open your Emacs initialization file. (This is usually a file called .emacs in your home directory; to find out what it is, type C-h v user-init-file. If this is a new Windows Emacs installation, you need to choose a home directory. See Where do I put my .emacs file?) Add the following lines:

(autoload 'wikipedia-mode "wikipedia-mode.el"
"Major mode for editing documents in Wikipedia markup." t)

If you did not save wikipedia-mode.el in a `load-path' directory, replace "wikipedia-mode.el" with the full pathname. On Windows, remember to use forward slashes ("/") rather than back slashes ("\") to indicate the directory. For example,

(autoload 'wikipedia-mode "C:/Documents and Settings/USERNAME/.emacs.d/Wikipedia-mode.el"
"Major mode for editing documents in Wikipedia markup." t)

It is often convenient to associate wikipedia-mode with certain filenames, so that Emacs will enter wikipedia-mode automatically whenever such files are opened. In order to associate filenames ending in ".wiki" with wikipedia-mode, add the following to your initialization file:

(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist
'("\\.wiki\\'" . wikipedia-mode))

To use this mode automatically with the Firefox ViewSource [specify] extension, add:

(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist
'("en\\.wikipedia\\.org" . wikipedia-mode))

To use this mode automatically with the Firefox ItsAllText extension, add:

(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist
'("itsalltext.*\\.txt$" . wikipedia-mode))

Still further customizations can be added; suppose one wants Emacs to spellcheck files opened up in wikipedia-mode using the FlySpell program? One could add some elisp like this:

(setq text-mode-hook (quote (#[nil "\300\301!\207" [flyspell-mode 1] 2] flyspell-buffer text-mode-hook-identify))) 

Installing longlines-mode[edit]

MediaWiki articles don't use line breaks, which means that paragraphs are not separated into lines by return characters. By default, Emacs sees such documents as a bunch of super-long lines. There are several solutions to this problem: you can use toggle-truncate-lines to fold long lines on the screen (if they are truncated) or you can use longlines-mode to "word wrap" text using "soft" newlines.

If you decide to use the first approach you are likely need to download a third-party package — screen-lines.el — which redefines movement commands to work in terms of screen lines, as opposed to text lines (that is if you use next-line it moves cursor vertically down to the next line on the screen, whereas traditionally it moves cursor to the next text line).

The second approach requires longlines-mode which is included in recent versions of Emacs. If your version does not include it you need to do the following:

Download longlines.el to your load-path and add these lines to your Emacs initialization file (typically .emacs or .emacs.el):

(autoload 'longlines-mode "longlines.el"
"Minor mode for editing long lines." t)


You can enter wikipedia-mode at any time by typing M-x wikipedia-mode. While in wikipedia-mode, you can view a description of the mode by typing C-h m, which runs the command describe-mode.

There are two ways to use wikipedia-mode.

  1. Copy articles between Emacs and your web browser's text box.
  2. With one of the plugins for Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox web browsers that allows you to edit text boxes with external editor.

If you mostly edit MediaWiki articles using one of those plugins, it might be worthwhile to associate the editing sessions with wikipedia-mode. Add one of the following lines to your .emacs file:

(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("index.\\.*" . wikipedia-mode))
(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("\\.wikipedia\\.org.*\\.txt\\'" . wikipedia-mode))
  • For MozEx:
(add-to-list 'auto-mode-alist '("mozex.\\.*" . wikipedia-mode))


Some useful macros:

/Add Spaces Inside Headers


The packages wikipedia-mode.el and longlines.el are released under the GNU General Public License.

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