Page status

An explanation of the different page statuses used by Wikisource.

Pages in the "Page:" namespace at Wikisource each have an associated "status", which refers to how thoroughly the text on that page has been proofread.

Page status is visible to all users, though can only be changed by users logged into their Wikimedia user account. As such, IP editors cannot change page status.

Validation path

The validation path of the ProofreadPage extension involves five states:

Without text
empty page Not Proofread Proofread Validated


The first three are the normal pathway:

  • Not Proofread is the default value. If you've worked on a page, but don't have time to finish, this is the status to use. (See all pages.)
  • Proofread means proofread by one contributor. You have brought the page to the best condition you can where the text matches the scan and basic formatting is done, and are when you are reasonably happy with it. A Proofread page is ready for display to the casual reader—even if it has little errors in it. (See all pages.)
  • Validated means proofread by two contributors. The corresponding button is available only if the page has been already proofread by someone else: you cannot both proofread and validate the same page. (See all pages.)
This color coding scheme is also visible in the page index view, where each page is listed with the appropriate background color.

In addition,

  • Without text is for blank pages. It is not used on pages with published content, such as images. (See all pages.)
  • Problematic indicates a problem that needs further work or discussion among contributors, such as a table, missing image, or a different alphabet. (See all pages.)

You will find the buttons that indicate these states under the edit window. If a previous contributor has proofread the page already, they will appear as below:
Five buttons
If no one has proofread the page yet, the buttons will appear as follows:
Four buttons

In both cases, you can change the status of the page by selecting the appropriate button and saving the page. If the green "Validate" button is not available to you, it will appear for other users if you select the yellow "Proofread" button and save.

The state of each page in a document is shown on the index page, as shown in the screenshot on the right.


The template {{Page status text}} can be used to apply the status formatting.

  • {{page status text|without text}}: Without text
  • {{page status text|not proofread}}: Not Proofread
  • {{page status text|problematic}}: Problematic
  • {{page status text|proofread}}: Proofread
  • {{page status text|validated}}: Validated

The above status colours can be also be used in CSS with the following class names (to set the background-color property):

  • class="quality0"
  • class="quality1"
  • class="quality2"
  • class="quality3"
  • class="quality4"