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General[edit | edit source]

What's VisualEditor?
VisualEditor is a software development initiative by the Wikimedia Foundation that will allow people to edit pages in MediaWiki without needing to learn wikitext syntax. With VisualEditor, formatting pages will work very similarly to a word processor – while editing, the text will look like it will after it is saved.
Why is this change being made?
The biggest barrier to making the first edit, and therefore the biggest barrier to beginning the path that could lead to someone becoming a productive, experienced member of the community, is the complex wikimarkup used by the old editing window. To increase the number of successful first attempts at editing, we need a better editing system. Please read our longer explanation for more details.
When will VisualEditor be enabled on my wiki?
The current schedule for future rollouts is posted at mw:VisualEditor/Rollouts. VisualEditor was offered to users of most large Wikipedias in July 2013. More than half of Wikipedias received VisualEditor in the last half of 2013. VisualEditor will be deployed to nearly all of the remaining Wikipedias in 2014. Currently, the plan is to deploy to Wikipedia sites first, and to deploy it to sister projects thereafter, due to the complexity of some of the changes necessary.
Why are you deploying the software even though development is not finished?
The software definitely isn't finished; it has features to be added and issues to be resolved. Ultimately, the best way to detect bugs and identify missing features is to have as many people as possible looking at, using and playing with the software. While we know that bugs are disruptive in the short-term, they will be fixed, and this deployment is what lets us identify them as things that need fixing.
I found an issue with VisualEditor. How can I tell you to fix it?
If you're willing and able, please report the issue in bugzilla in the "VisualEditor" product. Most large Wikipedias also have a wiki page dedicated to feedback about VisualEditor; see the list on Wikidata. There is also a central feedback page on
How do I disable VisualEditor?
To continue to edit the wikitext directly, simply click the "Edit source" button instead of "Edit". On section edit links, you can open the classic wikitext editor for that section by clicking "edit source" instead of the regular "edit" link.
A feature is missing in VisualEditor. How do I ask you to add it?
Some features are currently being developed or planned (like support for poems or musical scores; editing mathematical formulae is available as a Beta Feature). The Roadmap and the Wikimedia engineering draft goals for 2013–2014 provide some additional information as well. If you can't find any reference to the new feature you'd like to suggest, please submit it using the same process used to report an issue.
Will it still be possible to edit using wikitext after VisualEditor becomes the primary editing interface?
Yes. While VisualEditor will become the default editing environment, a method for editing the underlying “source” text will continue to exist. There are no plans to remove the “Edit source” option.
Can I use familiar Wikimarkup like [[ ]] and {{ }} in VisualEditor?
No. Instead, please use the linking and template features. See VisualEditor User guide for more about how to use VisualEditor.
Why is my browser not supported?
Building a modern editing interface for Wikipedia and its sister wiki is a technical challenge, but it's possible using modern web technologies and standards. Unfortunately, some browsers don't support many of the features we need for VisualEditor. We're doing our best to support the most common browsers: VisualEditor works well with the most recent versions of Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari, and support for Internet Explorer 9 and above is planned. However, trying to work around the limitations of older browsers would divert resources from improvements that would benefit the majority of users. We encourage you to upgrade to a supported browser and, if you can't, to continue to edit using the source wikitext editor. (See VisualEditor/Target browser matrix for specific details.)
Are you worried by the potential for a large increase in vandalism?
This has not been a problem at any of the Wikipedias currently using VisualEditor.
Does VisualEditor work with Wikisource's ProofreadPage, or Wiktionary's templates, and other features that Wikipedia doesn't have?
VisualEditor is currently only enabled on Wikipedia sites, but we have designed it to be flexible enough to be used on all Wikimedia sites. After deploying to Wikipedia we will work to make sure VisualEditor works well with features specific to sister sites.
Can I install VisualEditor on my personal wiki outside Wikimedia?
Yes, at your own risk. VisualEditor and Parsoid extensions are available for download but they're still experimental; note that Parsoid requires nodeJS. If you do install and use them, please let us know what worked and what didn't in Bugzilla.
Where do I go to learn more about using VisualEditor?
Please see the VisualEditor User guide.
Does VisualEditor make automatic fixes to pages?
In most cases, VisualEditor will not make changes to formatting on lines that are not being directly edited. In cases where markup already on the page is handled incorrectly (for example, with tables that are not closed), it may attempt to correct these.
My question isn't here. Where do I ask?
You can ask on the VisualEditor feedback page on your wiki (see the list on Wikidata) or on the central feedback page on