Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mystery columns

[[List of places in Serbia (N-Z)]] is just about as nastily formatted as possible. Not only do the tables have huge, ugly cell divisions, but none of the instances includes anything in the "district"or "municipalities" columns, and there are the mystery "1" and "2" columns which appear to have no purpose. And, because table markup has been used badly, the columns do not line up. I'm not sure there's all that much value in providing postcodes, either.

This is an article that really should be constructed from metadata. MediaWiki doesn't support that yet, but it wouldn't be hard to write a bot that does metadata extraction and maintains list articles derived from them.