The Dixwell Dossier:HotCat

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The HotCat tool in use on Wikimedia Commons

On MediaWiki sites that have it installed, HotCat is a JavaScript program that helps editors easily remove, change and add categories to pages. It has a suggestions list that will propose existing categories for auto-completion.

To use HotCat, you must be registered and logged in, and have it enabled through the "Gadgets" section in your preferences.

Usage

A category bar on the English Wikipedia with HotCat enabled

When turned on, HotCat displays several symbols within the category bar at the bottom of pages (an exception is listed below):

  • "(−)" after a category name: when clicked, the category is automatically removed.
  • "(±)" after a category name: when clicked, an input field to change this category is opened.
  • "(↓)" after a category name: when clicked, the input field is opened, and a list of available subcategories is displayed.[1]
  • "(↑)" after a category: when clicked, the input field is opened, and a list of available parent categories is shown.[1]
  • "(+)" at the end of the list of categories: when clicked, an input field to add a category is opened.
  • "(++)" at the front: when clicked, enters multi-change mode, allowing modifying more than one category.

The tool will not show "(−)" and "(±)" if any categories show up via infoboxes and the like. Only those actually present within the page's own wikitext can be modified.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Added in version 2.2.

Source

HotCat (as used on the Dixwell Dossier) is borrowed from the original version on Wikimedia Commons and the English Wikipedia.

Wikipedia favicon This page uses material from Wikipedia:HotCat, originally located at Wikipedia. The list of original authors can be found in the page history there.
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