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Wasted editing space in mobile source editing on Firefox

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Summary last edited by ESanders (WMF) 14:31, 17 December 2019 2 months ago
Kaartic (talkcontribs)

This is not about the visual editor for mobile but the source editor for mobile. Please let me know if this is not the right place for this piece of feedback.

I use Wikipedia on mobile via Firefox for Android on a device which has a small screen size (320x452 browser window size).

As the screen size is small, the space I get is limited already. Besides that, the mobile source editor seems to be wasting precious editing space by having lot of unnecessary white space surrounding the editor. See linked screenshot. As you could see, effectively the available editing space is only half the screen size! It would be nice if the unnecessary white space was removed used to give more editing space.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Kaartic, does it normally have that big white block covering the bottom end of the screen? That's... strange.

Kaartic (talkcontribs)

Yeah. The big white block is normally present whenever I use the source editor in mobile regardless of the page or wiki which I am editing. Its never been different on that mobile.

Kaartic (talkcontribs)

I just got a chance to verify this was specific to my (small-screen) device by testing this in a friend's device (a OnePlus 6T; 6.4 inch display). I initially thought this was specific to my device but it looks like the situation is even worse on his device. The editing space seems to amount to only a quarter of the available space. Also, it looks rather odd on a device with a large screen.

On further digging into this, it issue seems specific to the Firefox browser. I am unable to reproduce this in Chrome i.e., there is no white space wasted by the editor. I've filed a bug report as this doesn't seem specific to my device anymore.