Reading/Web/Release timeline

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This page attempts to track notable changes that impact the reading web experience in production (over the past 2 years). These will usually have an associated SWAT deploy due to the fact that the reading web team makes heavy use of feature flags.

🎂 is used to mark releases the team feels are worth celebrating and usually mark the end of a long line of work.

2018[edit]

May[edit]

10th Desktop: mw-collapsible now doesn't cause flash of unstyled content. Messages can now be passed as LESS variables phab:T42812

April[edit]

3rd VirtualPageviews enabled for all wikis for page preview viewing logging. phab:T189906

4th DNT header now ignored in page preview view tracking phab:T4052896

11th Page previews to 100% of users on German Wikipedia [[phab:T191966]

12th Page previews to 10% of users on English Wikipedia

17th Page previews rolled out to enwiki. We deployed to 25%, 37.5% then 100% of users over the course of a morning. (phab:T191101)🎂

March[edit]

1st

Deployed html previews to all wikipedias.

6th

Bug fix: Removing parentheses breaks chemical formulas

20th: Disambiguation popups

26th: Hindi mobile campaign goes live

February[edit]

5th

Enabled a new mobile logo for Pashto Wikipedia.

6th

Bug fix: Download PDF button now limited to versions of Android that support PDFs (https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T182059)

New settings page code merged to master

13th-15th

New settings page; fontchanger and expand all sections released to production (covers https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T67079 too).

20th disabled settings link on Special:MobileOptions due to persistent vandalism by anonymous users. Several years ago we had a contact form with similar problems. Lesson relearned: asking for anonymous feedback on mobile usually leads to vandalism.

22nd

Enabled HTML previews on cswiki.

January[edit]

8th

Language icon disabled on Wikidata and MediaWiki.

11th

MobileFormatter refactored. Infoboxes wrapped in mw-stack element will now be swapped with lead paragraph on mobile

17th

SWATed some fixes to new lead paragraph logic (changed last week to consider div.mw-stack elements)

2017[edit]

December[edit]

11th

November[edit]

15th

October[edit]

9th

Enabled print styles on Vector on test wiki

10th

Disabled OCG

11th

Enabled new Vector print styles on all wikis

18th

Restarted Page Previews A/B test on enwiki and dewiki

September[edit]

7th

Disable Wikidata descriptions on all wikipedias.

18th

Stopped page previews A/B test on enwiki and dewiki.

25th

Disabled RelatedArticles instrumentation

August[edit]

16th

Page previews launched on all wikis except en and de

28th

Launched Popups A/B test on enwiki and dewiki

July[edit]

11th

Firefox event logging duplicate event bug fixed

17th

Minerva separated from MobileFrontend in production

19th

Stopped RelatedArticles A/B test

June[edit]

2nd

Electron rolled out to all projects

7th

A/B test launched on RelatedArticles

14th

Cards removed from cluster

May[edit]

2nd

🎂 Related pages enabled for everyone

Print styles enabled for Minerva

3rd

Wikivoyage switches to new version of RelatedArticles

24th

🎂 First paragraph moved before infobox on all projects

April[edit]

3rd

Wikidata descriptions disabled in English Wikipedia

4th

ES3 JavaScript support dropped

5th

Page previews enabled on Hungarian and Hebrew Wikipedia

13th

Related pages enabled on Haitan wikipedia (desktop)

20th

Non-JavaScript users can edit mobile site

March[edit]

20th

Page images restricted to lead section

29th

🎂 New header rolled out to mobile web

February[edit]

2nd

RelatedArticles shown to 90% of users

14th

Merged Popups frontend rewrite into master

21st

Reading depth schema deployed

23rd

New mobile header rolled out to cawiki and itwiki

January[edit]

19th

🎂 Wikidata descriptions shown on English Wikipedia

2016[edit]

December[edit]

5th

Wikidata descriptions enabled on French and German Wikipedia

RelatedArticles enabled on Japanese and Spanish Wikipedia

November[edit]

8th

Began rewrite of Page previews codebase

October[edit]

3rd

Wikidata descriptions on Japanese and Spanish wikis

RelatedArticles enabled on mobile for all but 6 wikis

🎂 New footer pushed to mobile

11th

Disable bottom language button in Minerva

August[edit]

4th

🎂 New language switcher launched to all wikis

17th

🎂 Lazy loaded images enabled on mobile

30th

Enable wikidata descriptions on all but 6 wikis

Lazy loaded references experiments ended

July[edit]

5th

Lazy loaded images on Japanese wikipedia

12th

Lazy loaded images and references on Thai Wiki

18th

Lazy loaded images and references on Russian Wiki

June[edit]

6th

Enable page previews A/B test for 50% of users on Hungarian Wikipedia

14th

Lazy loaded images on Ukrainian and Farsi Wikipedia's

30th

Lazy loaded images on Tagalog Wikipedia

May[edit]

9th

Lazy loaded images on Bengali Wikipedia

April[edit]

26th

Lazy loaded references enabled in beta.

February[edit]

17th

New language overlay shown to 10% of users

2013[edit]

July[edit]