- For the VisualEditor deployment at the English Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:VisualEditor.
- For changes made using the VisualEditor, see VisualEditor, VisualEditor: Check, and VisualEditor: Switched
It is currently deployed to various namespaces on this wiki (including the main namespace in which this page exists); more information about this test deployment can be found on Wikimedia's blog, the FAQs, and VisualEditor:Welcome or VisualEditor:Test. Please note that the test deployment only works with the Vector skin. For more information, please visit the VisualEditor Portal.
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]
Editing transclusions and (particularly) editing templates has been made much simpler, with a simple, small version of the transclusion dialog, now called the template dialog, that removes most of the controls that are only rarely used. The layout has been simplified to reduce whitespace, make the form much more compact for normal uses, and make it easier and simpler to see what each parameter does. You can switch back and forth between the simple and advanced mode by pressing a button labelled "Show options" (or "Hide options") if you need one of the tools, such as for multi-part templates (bugs 51135, 51672, 52576, 52753, 55434, 61402, 61529, and 62142). The template dialog's parameters now expand on display, rather than needing to be clicked on the first time, and are limited to 10 rows (bug 62084).
Following on from last week's work on default media item sizes, the media editing dialog had a number of improvements made to it to simplify the options and make them slightly closer to what MediaWiki encourages users to do. Most obviously, the position (left/right/centre) buttons now have little icons to demonstrate how the content will flow around them; the item type setting added "basic" (for images with none of "thumb", "frame" or "frameless" specified) and moved "border" to be an option that can only be used for frameless and basic items. The "set to full size" option has been moved to be one of the three sizing options, alongside default and custom size; default is now only available for thumb and frame images, as frameless and basic images don't use thumbnail size (bugs 61059, 61155, 61973, and 62024).
"Slugs", the fake blank lines inserted by VisualEditor next to items like images or templates to give you somewhere to put the cursor, now show as slightly smaller than a real blank line, and animate on hover and cursor entry, to highlight to users that they are different from actual blank lines (bug 47790). The initial styling was selected quickly to get this feature available to users for feedback, and is likely to change; suggestions are welcome, especially on how to communicate their intent.
We added support to VisualEditor for having multiple shortcuts for each command (bug 53356), which means that we have now been able to add + / + as a second control for undo (bug 52140), + / + for clear formatting, as used in OpenOffice (bug 56453), and + + / + + for the shortcut dialog itself. The page menu button () now has a tooltip explaining what it is (bug 61892), and the "Insert" menu now has the same order in the toolbars on the media dialog's caption editor and reference dialog's content editor (bug 62286). Categories which are hidden show in their own section in the dialog when searching for them to add. An initial set of improvements to the special character inserter were done based on feedback; the insertion buttons now have much larger characters, are less "heavy" controls, and are the same width so they line up with each other. The keyboard shortcuts dialog now supports platform-specific messages, so Mac users will see the appropriate control codes.
A regression that meant that the save dialog stopped expanding when you switched to the "review your changes" panel has been fixed (bug 60494). We fixed a breakage from last week's image changes that meant that thumbnails with no position would display as only a couple of pixels wide, and released it immediately to existing wikis (bug 62013).
A very major change to how the "enter" key is handled in the core of VisualEditor was merged which fixed a few minor issues throwing errors (bug 59911), but shouldn't have any other effect. We fixed a bug that threw an error when you opened a page which had a floated item (like an infobox or a media item) in a bulleted list item (bug 62022). There was a bug that meant that on opening the page settings dialog the focus was still on the main document, so typing still affected that one (bug 62027). We fixed an issue that meant that objects with "phantom" blue boxes showing that they were selected, once made invisible, didn't have their phantoms disappear (bug 61390). A bug that meant undoing creating an empty heading caused an error was fixed (bug 62088). The formatting menu to set heading, pre-formatted or paragraph no longer responds to right clicks in some browsers (bug 61856). Text inputs now show up as grey when disabled, to make them look less similar to enabled ones.
The back-end of VisualEditor and its UI framework, OOjs UI, were both modified significantly to support re-use by other teams, notably including the Mobile and Multimedia teams at WMF.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 1.23/wmf17 changelog, and all Bugzilla tickets closed in this period are on Bugzilla'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.
- VisualEditor is scheduled to be deployed across Wikimedia projects over the coming months. Below is the schedule as of December 2013:
|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
Spanish (es), French (fr), Hebrew (he), Italian (it), Polish (pl), Russian (ru) & Swedish (sv)
|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)
|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), Tagalog (tl), 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)
VisualEditor may be offered to users at non-Wikipedia projects, such as Commons or Wiktionary, after deployment to the Wikipedias has completed. No timeline has been set for this.
VisualEditor was made opt-in on the English Wikipedia in September 2013.
VisualEditor was made opt-in on the Spanish Wikipedia in February 2014.
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.
- German (de) and Dutch (nl) initially proposed, but withdrawn before full deployment due to community concerns.
Documentation[edit | edit source]
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Related pages[edit | edit source]
For more information on VisualEditor and its design process, see these directory pages: