Help:Page status

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 pathEdit

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. (See all pages.)
  • Proofread means proofread by one contributor. (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. (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:

If no one has proofread the page yet, the buttons will appear as follows:

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"

See alsoEdit