Talk:VisualEditor on mobile

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When has your experience been editing on a mobile device using the visual editor?

Frustrating? Satisfying? Confusing?

Whatever your experience might be, we are eager to hear. Also, please do not feel limited by the prompt above. This is a great place to share and talk about anything related to mobile editing. So please: feel empowered to use this space as you see it...we're going to do the same!

Traumflug (talkcontribs)

Nice efforts! But pretty disappointing to see these efforts being limited to "mobile" devices. "Mobile" devices are perfectly normal computers, just with a smaller physical screen. Also, there's no boundary between "mobile" and not mobile devices. Smartphone <-> tablet <-> laptop <-> desktop is effectively all the same, just with growing screen sizes (what about a phone connected to a large desktop screen? What about desktop users using a small window?).

Very obviously, desktop users would benefit from all these enhancements as well, so please remove this artifical distinction. Wikipedia is one community!

Ottawahitech (talkcontribs)

This is a problem, I agree, also for mobile users.

For example I have been trying to participate in a WMF "mockup" of a tool that will supposedly replace "wiki-blame", and only after spending (wasting?) precious time figured out WMF has no intention of making it available for non-desktop devices. Apparently the use of mobile devices never even crossed the minds of the developers.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

There are some differences in device power, and the screen size is very important for the design. A typical laptop screen can have many tools displayed in a single row, and a smartphone might have room for just five (approximately one small button for every 20 mm in screen width). Additionally, the interactions with soft keyboards require separate programming.

Is there anything in particular that you would like to see on both platforms?

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Visual editor for mobile translators

Wladek92 (talkcontribs)

Hi all, I only make translations using my laptop and standard html interface but i have bought a tablette recently. Is is worth to use the tablette instead ? is the version stable enough ? or are there specific functions to test there ?

Christian Wia (talk) 15:00, 24 July 2019 (UTC)

Wladek92 (talkcontribs)

I just accessed the mobile version to do my translations; but there is no lateral bar, less functions so, only one alert/notification icon. I prefer the laptop version for now.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

The visual editor doesn't fully support Extension:Translate, so I can't recommend it for that purpose.

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Opsylac (talkcontribs)


I have the Wikipedia mobile app and the visual editor isn't accessible there... Will this feature be available soon ?

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Probably not. I don't think that the mobile apps team is planning to create any sort of visual editing system.

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Hockew (talkcontribs)
Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Columns are usually difficult for mobile layouts. They need to be dynamic (able to change the number of columns) to fit onto mobile screens.

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