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2003:78:6F13:D801:A450:3AB7:B63E:41CD (talkcontribs)
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Eu sem querer zuei essa page pfv conserta a culpa não foi minha

Durudz (talkcontribs)
Agente de utilizador: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/51.0.2704.103 Safari/537.36


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Jskurat (talkcontribs)


I've created a custom VE node for a data structure I want to use. I also created a custom wikitext tag for the data structure. Both produce the exactly same HTML output.

But if I create the data from VE, it doesn't get translated into the wikitext when I open the simple edit menu. And when I create the data from that edit menu, it doesn't get matched in VE, therefore I can't edit it there. I've found the cause to be a wrong NodeType (at least I think so). Therfore in the switch in it get's handled wrong.

Is there anything I can do so that if I create the data in VE it get's interpreted in wikitext and vice versa?


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Ahikam eliraz (talkcontribs)


I tried to download the VisualEdirot to my leptop.

I did the change in this file: 'LocalSettings.php' according to this page:

but it's not work.

I need help.

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Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Greetings! This is meant as a thread for editors from a specific set of Wikipedias. Thanks for sharing your feedback about VisualEditor with us: we're working to improve editing experience for all users at your wiki.

Shangkuanlc (talkcontribs)

Is this Han script test phase the one I was translating few months ago but during that time you said to me it's too early?

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

@Shangkuanlc, now is an excellent time to test Han scripts.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

If you want to do detailed testing, then please see the instructions at mw:VisualEditor/IME Testing#What to test for ideas.

Reply to "Feedback from Phase 6 Wikipedias" (talkcontribs)

Is it somehow possible to allow text formatting / adding links/tables to some kind of TextInputWidget in the MediaWiki VisualEditor? For example in the WhitespacePreservingTextInputWidget?

Or maybe there's some other class I could use for that?

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

@ESanders (WMF) will probably know the answer to your question.

ESanders (WMF) (talkcontribs)

You'd need a TargetWidget, which is what we use in the image dialog. (talkcontribs)

@ESanders (WMF) thanks for the answer! I guess the version of VE I have is outdated as it doesn't contain the TargetWidget class, but I got it from the documentation site.

Is there any chance you could link me an example of the usage of this Widget (e.g. the image dialog you mentioned)? I sadly couldn't find one and trying to use it as the other Widgets I use doesn't work. (talkcontribs)

After some more trying-to-get-it-done I think I can narrow my problem down: I need to pass a new Document to the TargetWidget which has no content yet but can be modified. Maybe someone could tell me how to create such a Document (i.e. which parameters to pass to which of the Document - constructors)?

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This version of the VisualEditor extension requires MediaWiki 1.25+

1 (talkcontribs)

Hi. I get this error: "This version of the VisualEditor extension requires MediaWiki 1.25+". I have 1.26 installed. It seems to be that it doesn't like the wfLoadExtension instruction, because any extension with that in it, gives me the same error. I'm certain I have MediaWiki 1.26 because I downloaded it from the site. If I edit the VisualEditor.php file and replace 'die' with 'echo' and put return-true after that, it lets me use the site BUT the editing toolbar is totally gone.

My Localsettings file context:

# alternative editors

#require_once "$IP/extensions/WikiEditor/WikiEditor.php";

require_once "$IP/extensions/VisualEditor/VisualEditor.php";

// Enable by default for everybody

$wgDefaultUserOptions['visualeditor-enable'] = 1;

// Don't allow users to disable it

$wgHiddenPrefs[] = 'visualeditor-enable';

$wgVirtualRestConfig['modules']['parsoid'] = array(

// URL to the Parsoid instance

// Use port 8142 if you use the Debian package

'url' => 'http://localhost:8000',

// Parsoid "domain", see below (optional)

'domain' => 'localhost',

// Parsoid "prefix", see below (optional)

'prefix' => 'localhost'


parsoid and node.js are installed (the latter from RPM), and parsoid is running on port 8000. If I look at Special:Version it doesn't list the extension despite the require_once.

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Visual editor problems

Summary by Elitre (WMF)

Watch T137137, T53614.

Goldenshimmer (talkcontribs)

Expected vs observed behavior: "<small>" should be either in the "Style text" menu or should function as expected when typed (like "{{" or "[["); ideally both. If not possible/practical, it should trigger the "Wikitext markup detected" message. Also, the text of that bubble refers to a nonexistent user interface feature (a "Switch to source editing" menu option in the dropdown to the left of the "Save page" button); rather, that capability is located in the "Switch to source editing" button (icon looks like "[[ ]]"). The current reading is:

You are using the visual editor - wikitext does not work here. To switch to source editing at any time without losing your changes, open the dropdown menu next to "Save page" and select "Switch to source editing?".

I propose that it be changed to read:

You are using the visual editor — wikitext does not work here. To switch to source editing at any time without losing your changes, tap the "Switch to source editing" button next to the "Save page" button.


You are using the visual editor — wikitext does not work here. To switch to source editing at any time without losing your changes, tap the "Switch to source editing" button (reads "[[ ]]") next to the "Save page" button.

or something to that effect.

Problem encountered at: (see the bottom of the diff) (next parenthetical is tangential) (the <nowiki>''</nowiki> in the diff is user error attributable to trying to get the "Wiki markup detected" box to show up again so I could read the instructions for using the "Switch to source editing" feature without realizing that it disappears before the offending markup is deleted (I mistakenly assumed that its disappearing indicated that the markup was gone because I had happened to delete my added markup manually at pretty much the same time as the notification disappeared the first time I saw it); I wasn't being particularly attentive so I neglected to notice the continued presence of the '') (if anyone actually understands this tangential, "<small>"-ified wall of text, they probably deserve a fuckin award for language comprehension skills; I bet I'd have gotten lost and/or glazed over way before getting to the end of it).

Browser: FirefoxDeveloperEdition

Browser version: 48.0a2 (2016-05-31)

Operating system: OS X 10.11.5

Wiki skin: Vector+Wikipedia:User:Goldenshimmer/common.css

{{u|Goldenshimmer}}|✝️|ze/zer|😹|T/C|☮️|John15:12|🍂 02:18, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

The outdated switch-to-source message has now been reported at Phab:T137137. Thank you for reporting this.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

<small> isn't wikitext; it's HTML.

Support for <small> has been requested, but is not currently on the team's priority list. I believe that they estimate that it will take a week or two of dev time. I therefore don't expect this to happen within the next few months. (talkcontribs)

Cool, thanks Whatamidoing_(WMF)! :)

Goldenshimmer (talkcontribs)

(That IP was me; I guess SUL doesn't work here...) {{u|Goldenshimmer}}|✝️|ze/zer|😹|T/C|☮️|John15:12|🍂 23:03, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

Ace editor Snippets in code block working ?

Summary by Jdforrester (WMF)

Filed as T138458.

Falitjain (talkcontribs)

Are the snippets in the code block working or not ?

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

As said below, we are not sure what you are talking about, although probably @Tchanders can also help here.

Falitjain (talkcontribs)


This is the code editor extension which is based on the ace editor widget. It is used for autocompletions and snippets

This is also used in the visual editor sandbox version. ( example in the insert math formula )

I want to know whether the snippets completions are working the visual editor or not.

If yes, how ?

TheDJ (talkcontribs)

It does not seem like autocompletion and snippets are enabled for the VE version of the editor indeed. I noticed before that the VE version does not do the same setup as the plain text version of the Editor. That setup routine should probably be factored out so that it can be used by both plugins.

Please do file a bug report.

TheDJ (talkcontribs)

P.S. for those who want to test, you can use ctrl-spacebar while using the editor on for instance an Javascript blob and this should show you a list of autocompletions and predefined snippets.

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Shift+left arrow key text selection not working properly

Summary by Elitre (WMF)
李4 (talkcontribs)

In the visual editor, if I hold down Shift and then press the right arrow key, I'm able to select the text from left to right, just like any GUI text editor. However if I hold down Shift and then press the left arrow key, I'm unable to select the text from right to left: the cursor won't go past the current letter. This textbox is an example of this behavior.

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hey there. Shift+arrows works for me. Can you let us know about your browser (+version) and operating system? Thank you.

李4 (talkcontribs)

I tried myself, and found it works with Firefox, but not with IE 11. My OS is Win7 Pro.