Given an artist name, these actions attempt to locate a bio for the artist on WikiPedia. If a bio is found and artwork can be located as well, it will be displayed in the Artwork Viewer.
This action is user facing. You are prompted for an artist and if a match is found, the results are displayed. When displayed you can copy the results to the system clipboard. You can enter an artist name or pick one of the artist in your Artist list via the picker control.
WikiPedia is picky as to how pages are named. Typically the actions do a title case transformation on the artist names you specify. This tends to work in a majority of cases. However names which begin with Mc or MacD have to be capitalized as they are correctly spelled. The actions uses an exception set named Lookup WikiPedia Artist Bio. You can disable the automatic case transformations by enabling the Disable case transformations checkbox.
According to WikiPedia's guidelines a match attempt should first be done without the use of disambiguation. ie. without any qualifiers. However, as many names cannot be located without a qualifier, this action will try all that could apply to artist names: (musician), (band), (singer), (rapper), (group), (vocal ensemble), (duo), (entertainer), (composer), (DJ) and (music producer). If you wish you can manually enter a qualifier which has the effect of pushing it to the front of the list. It also has the effect of moving the unqualified item to the end of the list.
More information on disambiguation and qualifiers can be found in the following article: Wikipedia:Naming conventions (music).
If a band has a name which is a common term, try putting the word The in front of the name. Try entering Eels or Egg.
When a match is made the matching text is displayed in the panel's title.
You can change the requested size of the artist image by selecting the Change Requested Image Size item from the picker menu.
This action cannot be run from the UI. However, it can be called from another action. The following named variables can be set before the action is called:
On exit from the action the following named variables may be set:
Actions: Lookup Wikipedia Artist Bio
Actions: Lookup Wikipedia Artist Bio - Main
2021-05-19 v1.0 First release.