- For the VisualEditor deployment at the English Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:VisualEditor.
- For changes made using the VisualEditor, see VisualEditor, VisualEditor: Check, and VisualEditor: Switched.
As of late 2014, it is available to all users here at MediaWiki.org and on about half of the Wikipedias. It is also available as an opt-in Beta Feature to logged-in users on most other projects, in all languages. VisualEditor is only available in some namespaces, including the main namespace (where this page is), but not in discussion namespaces.
Rationale[edit | edit source]
The decline in new contributor growth is the single most serious challenge facing the Wikimedia movement. Removing avoidable technical impediments associated with Wikimedia's editing interface is a necessary pre-condition for increasing the number of Wikimedia contributors.
Status[edit | edit source]
VisualEditor was updated as part of the wider MediaWiki 1.25wmf11 branch deployment on Wednesday 3 December. In the week since the last deployment, the team added a new minor feature, worked on the infrastructure supporting future improvements, and provided a range of bug fixes.
You can now exit VisualEditor by pressing the "
Esc" key; as with other methods to exit, if you have outstanding changes you are asked whether you want to save first (T52868).
We fixed and quickly released a regression that meant that using the citation menu options inside a referenced didn't work (T76082), and one which meant the "switch to source editor" tool was disabled (T75965) and didn't pull your changes (T76114). We also fixed an issue that meant that all inspector tools – like the link, language, and formula editors – would close immediately after they were opened (T76076), and one where the media dialog wouldn't ever enable the "Apply changes" button when you changed a caption (T76074).
Our work to support languages which use Input Method Editors took another step forward, and in so doing we believe we fixed two long-standing bugs with multi-symbol characters in Malayalam (T53511 and T56057). With help from the Language Engineering team, we improved a couple of the interface messages to be easier for translators and more consistent for users (T75969 and T75971).
The OOjs UI library had two new versions, 0.2.3 and 0.2.4, released, which VisualEditor and MediaWiki both now use. These releases fixed a number of issues with the size and layout of buttons in dialogs when you first opened one (T72061) and when they resized (T75783), a follow-up that avoids windows animating from zero height when they resize (T76371), and finally changing the default target for buttons' links to not open in a new window (T75452).You can monitor the live results of the automated browser tests (triggered every twelve hours) on the server. A complete list of individual code commits is available in the 1.25/wmf11 changelog, and all tasks closed in this period are on Phabricator's list.
- You can see the team's current code dashboard on gerrit.
Timeline[edit | edit source]
- Some level of exploration was done in 2010 by the Wikipedia Usability Initiative.
- The 2011 product whitepaper published by the Wikimedia Foundation's strategic product team identified rich-text editing as one of the "Great Movement Projects". Work subsequently started in May 2011.
- The 2011-12 Wikimedia annual plan, released July 2011, states a goal for VisualEditor: "First opt-in user-facing production usage by December 2011, and first small wiki default deployment by June 2012".
- The 2012-13 Engineering Goals document sets a timeline for VisualEditor's development and deployment up to the end of June 2013.
- The 2013–2014 Engineering Goals document lists the goals for that year.
- VisualEditor is scheduled to be deployed across Wikimedia projects over the coming months. Below is the schedule as of November 2014:
|Summer 2012||Phase 0||All users||Mediawiki.org||Done|
|1 July 2013||Logged-in users||English Wikipedia (en)||Done|
|15 July 2013||All users||Done|
|24 July 2013||Phase 1||Logged-in users||7 of the largest Wikipedias||Done|
|29 July 2013||All users||Done|
|30 September 2013||Phase 2||Logged-in users||27 of the next largest Wikipedias
Bulgarian (bg), Catalan (ca), Cebuano (ceb), Czech (cs), Danish (da), Modern Greek (el), Estonian (et), Basque (eu), Finnish (fi), Galician (gl), Croatian (hr), Hungarian (hu), Indonesian (id), Latvian (lv), Malay (ms), Neopolitan (nap), Norwegian - Nynorsk (nn), Norwegian - Bokmål (no), Sicilian (scn), Simple English (simple), Slovak (sk), Slovenian (sl), Turkish (tr), Ukrainian (uk), Venetian (vec), Volapük (vo), Waray-Waray (war)
|7 October 2013||All users||Done|
|2 December 2013||Phase 3||All users||91 Wikipedias with all characters normally directly available to users
Acehnese (ace), Aymara (ay), Central Bikol (bcl), Bislama (bi), Banjar (bjn), Chavacano (cbk-zam), Chechen (ce), Chamorro (ch), Cheyenne (chy), Corsican (co), Kashubian (csb), Zazaki (diq), Emilian-Romagnol (eml), Extremaduran (ext), Fijian (fj), Faroese (fo), Franco-Provençal/Arpitan (frp), North Frisian (frr), Friulian (fur), Scottish Gaelic (gd), Hawai'ian (haw), Fiji Hindi (hif), Haitian (ht), Interlingua (ia), Ilokano (ilo), Ido (io), Lojban (jbo), Kongo (kg), Kikuyu (ki), Greenlandic (kl), Komi-Permyak (koi), Ripuarian (ksh), Cornish (kw), Ladino (lad), Lak (lbe), Ganda (lg), Limburgish (li), Ligurian (lij), Lombard (lmo), Banyumasan (map-bms), Malagasy (mg), Maori (mi), Minangkabau (min), Maltese (mwl), Erzya (myv), Nauruan (na), Low Saxon (nds), Dutch Low Saxon (nds-nl), Novial (nov), Norman (nrm), Northern Sotho (nso), Chichewa (ny), Oromo (om), Pangasinan (pag), Kapampangan (pam), Papiamento (pap), Picard (pcd), Pennsylvania German (pdc), Norfuk (pih), Piedmontese (pms), Portuguese (pt), Quechuan (qu), Romansh (rm), Romani (rmy), Kirundi (rn), Aromanian (roa-rup), Tarantino (roa-tara), Kinyarwanda (rw), Northern Sami (se), Sango (sg), Samoan (sm), Shona (sn), Somali (so), Sranan (srn), Swazi (ss), Sesotho (st), Saterland Frisian (stq), Sundanese (su), Tongan (to), Tok Pisin (tpi), Tsonga (ts), Tumbuka (tum), Tahitian (ty), Tuvan (tyv), Veps (vep), West Flemish (vls), Kalmyk (xal), Yiddish (yi), Yoruba (yo), Zeelandic (zea), Zulu (zu)
|13 January 2014||Phase 4||All users||23 remaining Wikipedias with all characters normally directly available to users
Alemannic (als), Aragonese (an), Asturian (ast), Bavarian (bar), Belarusian (be), Belarussian Taraškievica (be-x-old), Bosnian (bs), Esperanto (eo), West Frisian (fy), Irish (ga), Javanese (jv), Latin (la), Luxembourgish (lb), Lithuanian (lt), Occitan (oc), Palatinate German (pfl), Romanian (ro), Scots (sco), Albanian (sq), Swahili (sw), Tswana (tn), Vietnamese (vi), Xhosa (xh)
|November 2014||All users||Tagalog (tl)||Done|
|27 November 2014||Logged-in users
|Available as a beta feature at the following projects (at all languages): Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wikivoyage and Wikiversity||Done|
|TBC||Phase 5||All users||53 Wikipedias with some characters not normally directly-available to users
(Provisional list) Abkhazian (ab), Afrikaans (af), Akan (ak), Anglo-Saxon (ang), Avar (av), Azerbaijani (az), Bashkir (ba), Samogitian (bat-smg), Bambara (bm), Breton (br), Buryat (bxr), Crimean Tatar (crh), Old Church Slovonic (cu), Chuvash (cv), Welsh (cy), Lower Sorbian (dsb), Ewe (ee), Fula (ff), Võro (fiu-vro), Gagauz (gag), Guarani (gn), Hausa (ha), Upper Sorbian (hsb), Igbo (ig), Inupiak (ik), Icelandic (is), Karakalpak (kaa), Kabyle (kab), Kabardian (kbd), Karachay-Balkar (krc), Komi (kv), Kyrgyz (ky), Lezgian (lez), Lingala (ln), Latgalian (ltg), Moksha (mdf), Meadow Mari (mhr), Macedonian (mk), Mongolian (mn), Hill Mari (mrj), Maltese (mt), Nahuatl (nah), Navajo (nv), Ossetian (os), Rusyn (rue), Sakha (sah), Silesian (szl), Turkmen (tk), Tatar (tt), Udmurt (udm), Venda (ve), Walloon (wa), Wolof (wo)
|TBC||Phase 6||All users||59 Wikipedias with complex characters inserted using Input Method Editors
(Provisional list) Amharic (am), Arabic (ar), Aramaic (arc), Egyptian Arabic (arz), Assamese (as), Behari (bh), Bengali (bn), Tibetan (bo), Bishnupriya (bpy), Buginese (bug), Min Dong (cdo), Cherokee (chr), Sorani Kurdish (ckb), Cree (cr), Dhivehi (dv), Dzongkha (dz), Persian (fa), Gilaki (glk), Gothic (got), Gujarati (gu), Manx (gv), Hakka (hak), Hindi (hi), Akan (hy), Japanese (ja), Georgian (ka), Khmer (km), Kannada (kn), Korean (ko), Kashmiri (ks), Lao (lo), Malayalam (ml), Marathi (mr), Burmese (my), Mazanderani (mzn), Nepali (ne), Nepal Bhasa (new), Oriya (or), Punjabi (pa), Pali (pi), Saraiki (Western Punjabi) (pnb), Pontic (pnt), Pashto (ps), Sanskrit (sa), Sindhi (sd), Serbo-Croatian (sh), Sinhala (si), Tamil (ta), Telugu (te), Thai (th), Tigrinya (ti), Uyghur (ug), Urdu (ur), Wu (wuu), Zhuang (za), Classical Chinese (zh-classical), Min Nan (zh-min-nan), Cantonese (zh-yue)
|TBC||Phase 7||All users||9 language variant Wikipedias
Gan (gan), Inuktitut (iu), Kazakh (kk), Kurdish (ku), Tachelhit (shi), Serbian (sr), Tajik (tg), Uzbek (uz), Chinese (zh)
Enabling VisualEditor by default for all users or for all logged-in users can be requested by contacting product manager James Forrester.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Initially restricted to just the VisualEditor: namespace, later for all pages.
- Subsequently switched back to "opt-in" mode in September 2013.
- Subsequently switched back to "opt-in" mode in February 2014.
- German (de) and Dutch (nl) initially proposed, but withdrawn before full deployment due to community concerns.
Documentation[edit | edit source]
You can speak with us in our chat channel,.
Related pages[edit | edit source]
For more information on VisualEditor and its design process, see these directory pages:
See also[edit | edit source]
- a VisualEditor demo page/sandbox
- Extension:VisualEditor (including installation instructions)
- Guide to hacking VisualEditor: VE gadgets
- Statistics: some are available at  (enter "visual" in the search bar, choose one and click "Visualize"), e.g. English Wikipedia hourly edits, visual editor vs wikitext (% by user group)
- VisualEditor monthly newsletter, focused on WMF wikis