Help:Page status

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Validation path[edit]

The validation path of the ProofreadPage extension involves the following five states:

Without text
empty page Not proofread Proofread Validated


This color coding scheme is also visible in the page index view, where each page is listed with the appropriate background color.

The first three are the normal pathway:

  • Not proofread is the default value for new pages. If using the Proofread Page extension, text is automatically included when creating/saving the page. If not, then text will will have either been transcribed manually or copied from other electronic archives. At this pathway text has not been proofread for errors.[1] (see all pages)
  • Proofread means the text has been proofread for errors and inconsistencies by one contributor.[2] Proofreading does not necessarily include page links, however, most of the styling will be done during this pathway. (see all pages)
  • Validated means the text has been proofread by two contributors. The corresponding button is available only if the page has been already proofread by someone else. (See all pages.)

In addition to the above:

  • Without text is for blank pages. It is not used for image pages. (See all pages.)
  • Problematic usually indicates a problem that requires further attention due to conflicting information, missing pages, illegible text, low resolution images or any number of issues that may arise.[3] (See all pages.)

The pathway buttons[edit]

You will find the buttons that indicate these states in 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 above status colours can 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"


  1. Please note that text copied from electronic archives using Optical Character Recognition software will invariably consist of multiple typo errors, especially if copied from material that has once already been through OCR software.
  2. Spelling inaccuracies are transcribed as is and erroneous words will typically include [sic] to denote the word has been transcribed exactly as printed.
  3. Pages with issues will remain marked as such until the issues have been resolved to a satisfactory and conclusive level.