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Image Use Permissions Yellowmead[edit]

I am interested in discussing the image found here of Yellowmead which was uploaded by Nilfanion. Please contact me to discuss for upcoming publication. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yellowmead_stone_circle_3.jpg — Preceding unsigned comment added by Webandladder (talk • contribs) 20:32, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

Advice on clipping please[edit]

Thanks for your post on my talk page. I have managed to work out how to clip a shield & save as svg in middle of box in Inkscape, but when I try to upload to commons, I get only a blank shield. Please advise what I may be doing wrong, thanks.Lobsterthermidor (talk) 23:56, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Sure thing, could you upload your working SVG (even if its not displaying right). I will look at that in the morning, along with File:BordureEngrailed svg-element.svg.--Nilfanion (talk) 00:02, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
@Lobsterthermidor: OK I've got that working now - see the extra versions I have uploaded for File:BordureEngrailed svg-element.svg. The issue is the white rectangle with the shield cut-out. For clip to work, the shape used for the mask over the desired area (ie it needs to be the shield, not a cut-out around it). I've adjusted the file slightly to make things easier and have uploaded two versions, one is a "working" file, which displays identically to your original, and you'd be able to use in exactly the same way as you have done. The second is the output.
To get from one to the other, you need to do the following:
  1. Select all the shapes
  2. Object -> Clip -> Set (this will clip to the shield outline)
  3. File -> Document Properties -> Resize image to drawing or selection (to make the image the correct size)
Then you can save and you're done :)--Nilfanion (talk) 06:38, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. (I didn't use the "rectangle framed" shield for my attempted clip upload, I just use that for versions exported as png to Paint to be cropped.) I see what you did with the File:BordureEngrailed svg-element.svg, and how it can now be unclipped, useful, thanks. I went ahead as you suggested and uploaded to commons my clipped svg image, namely File:PlymouthArms svgVersion.svg (see below left) which looked like a blank shield on the Special:Upload page, but I uploaded it anyway, and it uploaded fine, colours a bit washed out compared to png version, in my opinion, but it worked. Obviously it would be nice to see the image on the Special:Upload page before proceeding to upload, but I think we're getting there, many thanks.Lobsterthermidor (talk) 16:07, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
png version cropped on Paint
svg version
Ok, the problem with the washed out colours is transparency. Unfortunately the SVG has a entire has transparent background - outside the shield, on the white elements of the shield and within the green of the saltire. I'll have a look to figure out the problem and try to fix.--Nilfanion (talk) 20:43, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
@Lobsterthermidor: OK fixed now. I made a few tweaks:
  • In g6979 (the group with the entire shield in): Removed opacity:0.86000001.
  • Within g6362: Made a copy of layer1-9 and placed it above g6058.
  • In path3171 (the newly copied layer): Changed fill:none to fill:white
The first step removes the translucency from the saltire, while the other two steps are needed to get the background white instead of transparent.
The blank preview on upload is a limitation of the software. The code looks overly complex and could be simplified - resolving that is tricky but would sort out the preview image.
One suggestion to try and avoid issues with transparency is put a magenta rectangle (or another strong colour) below the shield as you work. If you do that, then a bit of the image that should be white will show as white and a bit that should be transparent will show as magenta. Then when you remove the rectangle, you can be confident its fine.--Nilfanion (talk) 21:30, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
OK figured out the reason for the blank preview: The issues was the clippaths did not contain a single path element, but a nested path element (a <path> within a <g>). Removing that particular bit of nesting fixed the problem. All the other tweaks in my 2nd version are code optimisation and don't matter much.--Nilfanion (talk) 23:29, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

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User:Nilfanion/Israel helped me understand what was going on in the IL copyright dispute. Thanks! I would have never found all the scattered discussions on my own. SafwatHalaby (talk) 07:21, 28 September 2017 (UTC)

District Dabs[edit]

Unfortunately district dabs are probably one of the worst forms of disambiguation on Wikipedia as almost no one uses them in everyday speech, I don't think anyone would ever refer to Higham as being in Babergh for example. Even for districts without ambiguity I still think it is common to say "Reigate and Banstead District" not "Reigate and Banstead" Geonames calls is as such along with Carlisle but not usually UAs. The latter prevents everything being at "Foo District" which is what I would have suggested otherwise. This also affects districts that are not split such as North Devon because Torridge is often referred to as North Devon. If we change situations where there is local ambiguity such as Stroud and Dover, we should do that with all such cases shouldn't we? I'm not sure they need moving though w:Buffalo, New York isn't at w:Buffalo, New York (state) for example but Stanley, County Durham is. Crouch, Swale (talk) 09:56, 9 October 2017 (UTC)