Talk:Wikimedia Apps/Features & Roadmap

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Open Source[edit]

Presumably the browsers are not themselves open source, will we be able to write an open source application for a closed source browser? WereSpielChequers 10:54, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Actually many mobile browsers are based on the WebKit engine, which is open source. Firefox is coming to this arena too. But anyway, this is not really relevant since all the browsers are converging progressively around HTML5, CSS and Javascript support, which is what really matters. So yes, you can develop open source web apps for mobile browsers, just like you can develop open source websites, CMSs etc targeting any browser.--Qgil 14:38, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

Add this image[edit]

Could someone write an app that would let people viewing an article that didn't have an image see the images that the other languages version of Wikipedia had for that article? Then choose to add the image, a caption and description (alt text). So the mobile app would:

  1. Identify that the article didn't have an image but did have interwiki links.
  2. Check if any of the articles in different languages had images they were retrieving from commons.
  3. Check that those images had not previously been removed from the article
  4. Ask "This article doesn't have an image, but would you like to see the image used in the same article in the Basque/Swahili/Inuit Wikipedia?"
  5. If Yes - Show the image.
  6. Ask would you like to add this image to the article?
  7. If Yes - "What caption would you give it?"
  8. Then "How would you describe it to a blind person?"
WikiSnaps is an ongoing project to cover some (all?) of the features you mention. You are encouraged to join that project! --Qgil 20:12, 14 April 2011 (UTC)