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History

History is the list of versions for an article, as well as the phases of an article while it is being edited.

Article lifecycle

The body of an article is versioned, and since it can involve significant effort by multiple people throughout its lifetime, it can progress through several stages.

The stages of an article's lifecycle are:
#StageDescription
1WIPWork in progress. Intermediate versions, each containing one editing change from the previous. Not publicly viewable
2DraftVersion for review or candidate for release. Not publicly viewable
3ReleaseApproved version that is available for public viewing

Editing lifecylce

There are several phases in the effort to get from a new article or previous release to the next release.

The phases leading to an article release are:
#PhaseDescription
1CreatedNew article created as a blank
2UpdatedUpdating the current release or a new article cloned from another
3WriteWrite the initial master locale content for a new blank article
4WrittenCompleted an initial master locale write
5TranslateInitial translation of the master locale for another locale
6TranslatedCompleted an initial non-master locale translate
7EditModifying text or structure
8EditedCompleted a modification
9ReviewCheck the content of a draft
10ReviewedCompleted checking
11NoteAd-hoc comment or instruction by the master manager
12QueryAd-hoc query or comment by the assigned user
13On holdStop the current assigned user phase. The master manager has resumed control
14DoneChanges for a locale are complete

Descriptions of the navigation bar items.

The areas of an history navigation bar are:
History page navigation barab
where:
#AreaDescription
aOwner pathVersion owner hierarchy as jumps to their listing in the Access section of the Work list page, except for Article which jumps to the Article head page
bPhase detailsVarious details of the current phase. Only shown if the article is being edited

The article body navigation bar provide jumps to the pages for it and its hierarchy of owners.

The navigation bar items are:
#NameDescription
1SubsiteOwning subsite identifier as a jump to its entry in the Access section in the Work list page, with its category list expanded
2CategoryOwning category identifier as a jump to its entry in the Access section in the Work list page, with its article list expanded
3ArticleArticle identifier as a jump to its entry in the Access section in the Work list page. New for a new article

The article body navigation bar holds the details of the current phase.

The phase details are:
#NameDescription
1PhaseCurrent editing phase as a jump to the article's entry in the In-progress section of the Work list page. Followed by the locale, user ID and due duration if applicable
2LocaleLocale being processed by the current phase. Only shown if an editing or review phase
3User IDUser identifier of the person assigned the current phase. If not an editing or review phase, Manager is shown
4DueDuration in which the task is expected to be completed. Only shown if an editing or review phase

Phase selection

A master manager can assign managers or writers to editing or review tasks.

The selection criteria for task assignment by the master manager are:
#CriterionDescription
1LocalePresented with in the hierarchy of fall-through dependencies, master locale first
2PhaseDependent upon the locale. Review is always available. If never released, always Write for the master locale, and Translate for the others. Thereafter, only ever Edit
3UserThose managers or writers allowed to edit or review for the locale. All are assumed suitable for the master locale. If only one user, they are selected
4DueDuration in which the task is expected to be completed. 4 weeks is selected by default
The review types are:
#TypeDescription
1AccuracyCheck for inaccuracies or ambiguities in the information provided, or inaccuracy in translation
2ReadabilityCheck for confusing, dubious or ambiguous wording, expressions, or sequencing of the material
3SpellingCheck for spelling or grammatical errors

In undertaking initial creation of pages, or substantial edits, stagger these review types between corrective actions. It is no use checking for readability or spelling if large tracts of information could change at any time because it is inaccurate or irrelevant. Similarly, spelling is best done after any corrections for narrative discontinuities. If only minor changes have been made, multiple types can be done in the one review.

Other phase actions are:
#PhaseRoleDescription
1NoteMaster managerAd-hoc comments or instructions. Allowed at any time, unless the master manager is the assigned user
2On holdMaster managerImmediately cease any editing phase. Used for urgent actions that are higher priority than the editing. Allowed during any editing phase, unless the master manager is the assigned user, where they can just immediately finalise the task normally
3WrittenAssigned userComplete a writing task. Only available in the Write phase for a draft. If the assigned user is not the master manager, the phase will not change until the master manager next assesses the system
4TranslatedAssigned userComplete a translation task. Only available in the Translate phase for a draft. If the assigned user is not the master manager, the phase will not change until the master manager next assesses the system
5EditedAssigned userComplete a writing task. Only available in the Edit phase for a draft. If the assigned user is not the master manager, the phase will not change until the master manager next assesses the system
6ReviewedAssigned userComplete a review task. Only available in Review phase. If the assigned user is not the master manager, the phase will not change until the master manager next assesses the system
7QueryAssigned userQuestion or comments for the master manager. At any time during editing
8DoneMaster managerSignal that editing for the locale is complete, even if nothing was changed, allowing work to begin on dependent locales. Only available while no current editing
9ReleaseMaster managerMake the draft a release. Only available if all locales are Done

A Note field is available with any assignment phase.

Version list

The version list contains all versions of an article, plus any phases for a current editing cycle, in a reverse chronological order.

The columns for the version list are:
#NameDescription
1AgeRough duration since the version or phase created
2Date-TimeDate-time identifier
3Stage|PhaseFor versions, the stage in the article lifecycle. For phases, the phase in the editing lifecycle
4Locale …For versions, actions available. For phases, details, including the text of any note, and types of review
The available actions for versions are:
#StageActionDescription
1WIPDraftMake the version into a draft, deleting all previous WIPs
2DraftAbandonDelete all phases and any WIPs or other drafts back to the previous release. Only available for the latest version and if there is a previous release
3DraftDeleteDelete the versions. Only available if not the latest version
4ReleasePurgeDelete all drafts back to the previous release or the start. For when previous releases are not required. Only available if not the latest release. Otherwise, delete the article on the Article head page

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