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Сунприат (talkcontribs)

Usually when you have "unsaved changes" and close the tab or move to a different page (such as accidentally click on bookmark in your browser when you want to switch to another tab for some information) displayed a warning. But when you open the page, you begin to edit the template or add a template, and accidentally click on bookmark then the warning is not displayed and all the brought data is lost. So in the visual editor and template data editor. Losing data is bad :(

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

It's not a VE issue, though. You can verify this easily on; when editing wikitext, say you want to add a Cite template via refToolbar (a popular gadget there), start filling it, then if for example you close the tab, everything is gone. I don't think the warning can be displayed if there was no change to the surface. The workaround is easy and you may want to use it whenever you're doing important work in general - even if you just hit the Space tab, you'll get the warning and that also works for the template data editor.

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Summary by Trizek (WMF)

Possible translation problems. Transferred to frwp.

Ftiercel (talkcontribs)


I think the ergonomy can be a little improved with low cost. When you have finished, you click on Save. A pop-up appears and suggest you to review the changes. Another pop-up appears. Then you can click on "Return" and click on "Continue" to go to square one.

"Continue" and "Return" both mean ''Go back''. Why the first button is on the top of the pop-up and the second is on the bottom? I suggest to put the "Return" button on the top on the left. It's easy and it avoids mistakes.

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hello Ftiercel 

The two buttons don't have the same behavior:

  • the blue one goes back to the save form, where you can change your edit summary
  • the green one saves directly
Ftiercel (talkcontribs)

I have badly translated the GUI from French. I'm talking about:

The last one is on the bottom whereas all the "Cancel" buttons are on the top at the left:

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

By design, we never put more than one button in each of the principal corners of the dialogs – left (right in RTL) is always 'cancel' or 'go back', right (left in RTL) is always 'do' or 'apply'. Stacking multiple important buttons is confusing and intentionally avoided.

Ftiercel (talkcontribs)

It is go back :)

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean, Ftiercel. :/

Ftiercel (talkcontribs)

OK! Actually it's the French version that is badly rendered.

Summary by Elitre (WMF)

I think this was just a test. (talkcontribs)
User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/534.24 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/11.0.696.34 Safari/534.24


Evolution and evolvability (talkcontribs)

Is it possible to implement an equivalent of the preloaded text of the old markup system (Manual:Creating_pages_with_preloaded_text)?

Particularly for new editors and edit-a-thons, it would be a great addition.

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I'm sure there must be a related request in Phabricator, but I don't happen to find it right now.

Stryn (talkcontribs)

This one: ?

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Yup. What would we do without people like you, I wonder.

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Mads Haupt (talkcontribs)

URL: It can be nice if you could use/find standard templates in VirtualEditor without searching for them. And because the Community also creates templates, can you allow administrators to administrate the templates visible in VirtualEditor. :)

Mads Haupt (diskussion) 24. sep 2015, 23:59 (CEST) Moved from

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Mads Haupt Hello

You mean having a short list of most used templates, with a quick access from VE interface?

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hey @Mads Haupt. The first request is covered at I'm not sure I understand the second one. Templates are definitely something the community maintains, so of course they can be made compatible with VE (instructions at Help:TemplateData). When the template is protected and only local sysops can change it, editors can still add TemplateData information to a subpage and then ask a sysop to transclude it in the template page. Hope this helps.

Mads Haupt (talkcontribs)

@Elitre (WMF) (first reply): Yes, this is what i mean. :)

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Motte001 (talkcontribs)


I want to use the links to tests in the box with scores and in the text next to this box. But with visual editor it isn't possible.

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

It's because of Sorry about the inconvenience.

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Duckduckstop (talkcontribs)

hi, nice tool.

however, it tends to use cite web too much, and not cite news. i.e. it will pick up nytimes, washpost, but not other papers with webby metadata.

for example

it picked up washpost and PBS but not oregonian and denver post.

i imagine this is hard, maybe some machine learning might work

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

You'll need to write a Zotero "translator" per site; see Citoid#My favourite site isn't recognised by citoid and only gets basic information for details.

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Problem editing pages with pictures in, and slow performance

3 (talkcontribs)

Hi there,

I have a self hosted instance of wikimedia/parsoid and VE and it seems very slow to edit a page. On the demo site it'll only show part of the blue toolbar before allowing you to edit whereas on my wiki it'll load the whole bar and then still sit there for another ten seconds. On a page with an image in it won't give you editing control after loading VE mode and will just kill the current chrome tab. Any ideas? I can provide versions, configs etc.

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

What caching do you have in front of the Parsoid instance?

Mcc138 (talkcontribs)

I don't have any performance problems but I cannot edit existing pages that contain images.

I have mediawiki 1.25.2, ParsoidEngine from Git today, VisualEditor (for 1.25 stable). Parsoid and Mediawiki are on the same host and

works for pages without images,,,,,,

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the shortcut alt-shift-v has double seizure

Nimruth (talkcontribs)
  1. call unsighted versions
  2. call VisualEditor
Stryn (talkcontribs)

I can confirm this.

Take a look at and try alt-shift-v. It doesn't open VE, but selects the "newest version" tab instead.

On a page where is not the "newest version" tab, alt-shift-v opens VE.

Nimruth (talkcontribs)

I tried it at the link, but it didn't work. I pressed alt-shift-v while i have been at the "read-page". What happend? It opens VE.

Dwarak17 (talkcontribs)

Ya thanks for your information i will try these steps Android training in chennai

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Maury Markowitz (talkcontribs)

Well I just posted this somewhere else, but here it is again.

Use VisualEditor on the "AI winter" article on Look for the term "technologies developed". I see this paragraph rendered with a number of "carriage return indicator" characters in the text, although there are no carriage returns. It appears to be indicating a link, and if that is the case it is extremely confusing.

I'd love to link to that article, but I cannot figure out how to get it to work in this editor.

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I had replied there.

Stryn (talkcontribs)

But there actually are carriage returns, see

So that's why you can see there those indicators also. However, when you look at the wikitext, there is only one line break, and you have to make two line breaks so that it goes to another row. Well, hard to explain, but this is how it works...

Edit: this was a reply for Maury's comment. I didn't see Elitre's comment while posting this.

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