Beta Features/New Features/Archive

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This page is an archive of proposed new Beta Features.

VisualEditor Yes Done[edit]

Purpose
Enable the basic version of VisualEditor on sites that have it enabled for opt-in. This option is not available on sites that have VisualEditor enabled for all users already.
Functions
VisualEditor provides a WYSIWYG-like rich text editor that lets you edit most MediaWiki content, including templates, references and text. More features are being developed, and will be enabled as other Beta Features during testing before being rolled out to all users.
Effect
When enabled, VisualEditor provides a second editing tab, labelled "Edit" (or "Edit beta" on the English Wikipedia), and relabels the existing editor for wikitext to "Edit source".
Links
Info | Discussion
Team
James Forrester and the rest of the VisualEditor team.

VisualEditor - Formulae editing Yes Done[edit]

Purpose
This is a VisualEditor plug-in that lets you create and edit mathematical formulae.
Functions
Once opted-in, you will get a new item in the "More" section of the toolbar, currently labelled "LaTeX" and showing a Sigma as its icon ("Σ"). Similarly, existing formulae will now get a Sigma icon when you select them.
Effect
Clicking the icon will pop up an inspector to insert a new formula or edit the existing one, which takes a LaTeX expression (like the existing <math> system – for example, enter "e^{i\pi}" or "f(x)=3^x"), and updates the image of the formula.
Links
Info | Discussion
Team
James Forrester and the rest of the VisualEditor team.

Typography update Yes Done[edit]

Purpose
Makes text more readable and beautiful, to benefit readers and editors alike. This beta feature uses serif headings for sections and sans serif for body copy to clearly differentiate them from body paragraphs, for a better visual experience that works consistently across desktop and mobile platforms.
Links
Info | Discussion
Team
Mobile team (Product Manager: Kenan Wang; Developer: Jon Robson; Designers: Vibha Bamba, Jared Zimmerman)

Media Viewer Yes Done[edit]

Purpose
Improve your multimedia viewing experience with this new tool, which displays images in larger size on pages that have thumbnails. This viewer also aims to reduce confusion by only showing key information, with a link to the file info page for more details.
Functions
The key functions of this feature include a lightbox view and a full-screen view.
Effect
This will display the lightbox view when you click on a thumbnail for standard image files supported by this first version
Links
Info | Discussion
Team
Multimedia team (Product Manager: Fabrice Florin; Developer: Mark Holmquist; Designers: Pau Giner, May Galloway, Jared Zimmerman)

Nearby Articles Yes Done[edit]

Purpose
Allow discovery of geographically nearby articles from existing articles with geolocation metadata.
Functions
Adds access to nearby articles at the top of article pages
Links
info | discussion
Team
Jon Robson

CirrusSearch Yes Done[edit]

Purpose
Try out new search on wikis that have it as secondary
Functions
Probably could be done very easily with a js hack to change the search links
Links
Search
Team
Search? (User:NEverett (WMF) I guess)

Note, this was suggested on irc by sjoerddebruin. I personally think its a really good idea. To my knowledge no one has mentioned this to User:NEverett (WMF), so we should probably get their approval first before doing this. Bawolff (talk) 23:06, 16 November 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I submitted gerrit:95837 :D Legoktm (talk) 00:38, 17 November 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Waiting for gerrit:98046, which will enable this on the cluster. Legoktm (talk) 02:10, 28 November 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Compact language links Yes Done[edit]

Problem to solve…

With the current list of interlanguage links, users have to process a long list of languages looking for their languages of interest time after time. We can make the language list shorter by including only the languages which are relevant to the user.

What does it do?

The feature provides a short list of languages to anticipate user selection. Based on previous selections, user location and browser preferences, we can surface the languages of interest for the user without the need of additional configuration. In addition, it allows users to easily select the rest of languages for which content is available with a searchable list of languages from the Universal Language Selector. Users will be able to identify and switch between their languages more easily.

Links

Info | Discussion

Prototype showing the idea.
Usability testing recordings. To see how users will switch languages.
Universal Language Selector. Extension that provides already most of the needed pieces (language selection list, cross-language search, and identification of likely languages).
Team

Pau Giner (design)

Hovercards Yes Done[edit]

Problem to solve…

something something something

What does it do?

something something something

Links

info | discussion

Team

Vibha, Prateek

Compact personal tools Yes Done[edit]

Problem to solve…

As additional features are added to the site the contents of the "Personal tools" has become extensive, extensions, preferences, and gadgets can also additional items, furthering the problems of finding what you need quickly, due to the proliferation of targets here, targets that users are most interested in like watchlist and notification are becoming harder to access quickly. Compact Personal Bar seek to solve these problems as well as provide a logical place for new items to be added as needed.

What does it do?

An organized flyout of the contents of the MediaWiki "Personal Bar"The "Personal Bar" at the top of the site with access to profile, notification, preferences, log out, etc will be collapsed into a flyout menu with logical grouping at take up less space on screen.

Links

info | discussion

Team

Juliusz Gonera, May Galloway, Jared Zimmerman

Other projects sidebar Yes Done[edit]

Problem to solve

Allow access to other Wikimedia projects in the same language, from a consistent location.

What does it do?

Adds to the sidebar an "Other projects" section, that provides links to the other Wikimedia projects based on Wikidata data.

Links

info | discussion

Team

Lydia Pintscher and Tpt

VE on Flow[edit]

Problem to solve…

The first release of Flow will allow users to type in markup. Future releases may also have the option to create posts using the Visual Editor. We want to pilot this functionality using the Beta Features experimentation space.

What does it do?

Add a VE bar to the compose post screen in Flow. Allow users to add bold, italics, links, and possibly some other features of VE to their posts. Users will be able to compose Flow posts using VE instead of markup.

Links

info | discussion

Team

Flow team