Editing the Wikimedia markup to add entries is tedious, to say the least.
I think the solution here is some sort of programmatic tool which would have a number of features:
- load tool and feed / speed data somehow, either via external files, or from a database — either way, we need a formal description of how to describe a tool, and feed / speed data — I’ve noted in the past that I’m mystified there’s no industry-standard for this. I’ve suggested XML, and @robgrz was vociferously opposed — given that his MeshCAM is the only tool which seems to have support for this (see: https://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/MeshCAM#TPS_files ) I think that carries more weight than the old rejoinder of, “XML is like violence, if it doesn’t solve your problem, use more.”
- display said data in nice charts or tables — it’s always seem strange to me that data visualizations are so beautiful in sci-fi movies and TV, but the tools for it are so primitive and tend towards clunky as appearance (and I say that as a guy whose 6 longest weeks of his life were doing the composition for Kaplan’s Introduction to Scientific Computation and Programming) — is there nothing which does for charts and tables what TeX did for text and mathematical equations (and no, as much as I love the Booktabs package, directly setting tables in TeX is not an acceptable answer)? Ages ago, found a graphical tool which would import a pixel image of a chart and derive the underlying, but unfortunately haven’t been able to find it since.
Maybe a Trello chart? (it seems to work pretty well for the Nomad stuff: https://trello.com/b/hqyIBPYR/carbide3d-nomad-cheatsheet ) — considered Airtable, but it didn’t appeal — if nothing else turns up, I’m probably just going to stuff things into (individual?) CSV files and typeset a table using TeX — if the community is willing to accept pixel images for this sort of thing, a PDF ought to be acceptable as an improvement.
- a series of text files which are imported into METAPOST and then drawn into a table
- a series of text files which can be loaded into pandoc
open to further thoughts / suggestions.
In a lot of ways, this goes back to my idea for a machinist’s notebook.