Screenshot of the Media Viewer's new 'minimal design' - See prototype'
Here is our plan for improvements to Media Viewer, a new feature that aims to provide a better viewing experience on Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites.
These improvements have now been completed. Our goals for these improvements were to make Media Viewer easier to use by readers and casual editors, our primary target users for this tool.
To that end, we created a new 'minimal design' including these features:
- a more prominent button linking to the File: page - Done
- an easier way to enlarge images - Done
- clearer icons for Download and Share - Done
- an easier way to disable the tool for personal use - Done
- image captions right below the image - Done
These improvements are based on usability testing and community suggestions collected in recent weeks. Based on this feedback, the multimedia team prototyped and tested new designs, and incrementally developed them in September and October 2014, after they were validated by user research.
- Our primary target users for Media Viewer are readers and casual editors.
- For these users, we aim to make Media Viewer easier to use and more informative.
- For power users, we aim to make it easy to disable Media Viewer if they don't want it.
- For all users, we want to address any critical performance or licensing issues.
As part of this new release, we also aim to clarify the relationship between Media Viewer and the File: description page:
- Media Viewer offers a quick preview for browsing images, right where you are.
- The File Page remains the place where you can get (or edit) all the details and file metadata.
For more information, view these slides.
We have developed a new 'minimal design' to deliver key benefits more effectively to our target users: readers and casual editors.
Here are the benefits we aim to offer to these casual users, based on feedback we collected through surveys and talk pages. Features or improvements that can support those benefits are shown in parenthesis. We have prototyped and developed these improvements and are now testing them with target users.
- preview larger images (click on thumbnails to view them in Media Viewer)
- learn about the image (read full caption and/or full description)
- get more details (go to file page)
- browse related images (next/previous)
- enlarge image (see original file)
- disable Media Viewer (cog icon to opt out)
- share this image (copy the file link)
- download this file (select size you want)
- find out who created this file (author, source, license)
- go back to article page (close Media Viewer)
- re-enable Media Viewer (cog icon on file page)
These improvements have been released:
- A caption or description right below the image (new) - Done
- Support metadata cleanup drive (new) - Done
- Enlarge images by clicking on them - Done
- "More Details" button - A more prominent link to the File: page - Done
- "More Details" should include project icon - Done
- Separate icon for Download - Done
- Clearer icon for Share or Embed - Done
- An easier way for any user to individually disable the tool for their personal use - Done
- Re-enable Media Viewer from a File Page - Done
- Rename File page button to better label than "Expand view" - Done
- a simpler metadata panel with fewer items - Done
- Show file page link if attribution is missing - Done
- Fix 'Licensed under Fair Use' credits - Done
- Attribution prompt improvement - Done
- Pre-render thumbnails on backend for new uploads - Done
- Make MediaViewer text larger in Monobook - Done
- Track views and clicks on Share, Download, Embed - Done
- Collect number of times someone copies share/embed text - Done
- Update 'File: Page vs. MMV' performance dashboard with improved user data - Done
All 'must-have' improvements that were considered critical for this release have been released.
These important improvements were considered -- but may need to be pushed to future releases:
- Additional attribution/licensing improvements consistent with metadata cleanup effort.
These improvements are 'nice to have', but are not deemed critical for this release -- they will be considered for future releases:
- Adjust the ‘Go back’ function for Media Viewer
- Faster access to file names - design done
- Additional performance improvements for users on slow connections - needs more investigation.
These metrics improvements are also being considered to measure the impact of features in this release -- could be pushed to future releases:
- Performance histogram for MediaViewer and File page
- Investigate better performance metrics solution for Media Viewer
- Run "versus" test on a dedicated labs instance
Screenshots of new designs from the updated Media Viewer prototype. The Wikimedia Foundation's multimedia team is testing and developing these new improvements based on user testing and community feedback.
We created a rough prototype of our new 'minimal design', to deliver the above benefits and validate the features above with target users. That new design is shown at the top of this page -- and can also be viewed here.
Here is where you can test the new Media Viewer prototype on our 'slow' alpha site:
User Test pages:
(please don't edit either page, as they are being used for our ongoing user research)