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Cannot enter change summary, field loses focus

Summary by Quiddity (WMF) (talkcontribs)


In the save page dialog, when I try to click the Summary input field, the field immediately loses focus. Instead, focus is put on the article text in the background (I can type there while the dialog is open).

Steps to reproduce:

  • Open any page and make a change through the VisualEditor.
  • Hit save button -> popup opens
  • Click the summary input text field


  • Chrome: 43.0.2357.81 m
  • Platform: Windows 8.1 Pro
  • MediaWiki: 1.25.1
  • Skin: Vector (talkcontribs)

Currently experiencing the same issue, has anyone found a fix for this? (talkcontribs)

Found a temporary fix for the time being: when the save dialog comes up, open up the developer tools in your browser and go to the Console (F12 -> Console in Google Chrome) and enter "document.querySelector('input').focus()"

Once you click on the text box again, it'll be in focus. Wonder if we can get a permanent fix/solution anytime soon, because this is a pretty big inconvenience right now.

Quiddity (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Note: Possibly Windows only? I cannot reproduce this, on Ubuntu, using Chromium 37 or Firefox 38, at my sandbox on this wiki.

Note2: Whilst the summary box is open, the only way I can get my cursor to focus on the document behind, is to use the [Tab] key. (talkcontribs)

Debian\Ubuntu, MediaWiki 1.25.1, Visual Editor REL1_25, Vector skin REL1_25 Safari, IE, Google Chrome - the same issue :\ (talkcontribs)

This bug really hurts the usability of VisualEditor. I'm about to deploy it in our corporate wiki, but I'm hesitant because I know I'll have an unending stream of user complaints.

Things like this should be on the top of the list to fix!

Quiddity (WMF) (talkcontribs)

This issue is tracked at Phab:T106419. Thanks for the feedback.

Reply to "Cannot enter change summary, field loses focus" (talkcontribs)

The a "VisualEditor demo page/sandbox" at just shows the "subst:VisualEditor:Test/Text" tag rather then actually having a visual editor available.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

That's a little weird. Perhaps User:Jdforrester (WMF) will know what Steinsplitterbot is trying to do.

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Odd. We should probably just retire that sandbox, though; "VisualEditor:" isn't even a namespace any more.

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I actually liked that page, showing people everything they could do with VE.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

We could rename it and replace the content with Help:Sample page.

Reply to "The sandbox isn't working"
Dave Braunschweig (talkcontribs)

VE does not accept the entry of relative subpage links. In particular, it will not recognize links entered as /subpage or /subpage/. Subpage links must be entered as full links, which defeats the purpose of having relative links that don't break when pages are moved or renamed.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

User:Dave Braunschweig, are you looking only for this?

Dave Braunschweig (talkcontribs)

Not exactly. That appears to be a named reference rather than a subpage. Take a look at for examples. If those subpage links are edited with VisualEditor, they become absolute links rather than relative links.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

That's just a link to a subpage: I need a [[/named|named]] reference

(Ignore the contents of the text; it was written for a different round of testing.)

Dave Braunschweig (talkcontribs)

Yes, although the naming of the link isn't necessary when entered as /named/ . It displays correctly without the slashes. There still does not seem to be a way to enter subpage links as relative references.

The relative references are important when the base page is moved. If relative links have been used, everything continues to link correctly. If absolute links are used, all links to subpages must be updated.

This isn't a big deal on Wikipedia, but has significant impact on Wikibooks and Wikiversity, where subpages are the basis for most content.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Thanks for the reply. I think I need to you explain what "does not accept" means. If I open VisualEditor, open the link inspector, and type "/subpage" into the link tool's box, and press Return, then it makes a link to /subpage. Is that not working for you, or is that not what you want?

Dave Braunschweig (talkcontribs)

Sorry, you are correct. It does ultimately work. But it appears not to work while creating the link because it shows up as red rather than blue on an existing subpage. Is it possible to have VE display the link as blue during the edit for existing subpages?

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I looked at it for a bit, and it's probably a bit more complicated than I thought. I've filed a bug for it, but it may take longer to fix than I had originally hoped.

Reply to "Relative Subpage Links"
Mardetanha (talkcontribs)

Recently I started to give visual editor another try, till now development and experience was quite good but I can not add non-english access and review date, for example here in iran we use our own calendar (and of course many other countries also have their own) but sadly I can't add citation to local calendar. can we have that fixed ?

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hello @Mardetanha: please see Citoid#Access_date_is_formatted_differently_on_my_wiki.

Reply to "non-english access dates"

No way to enter the non breaking space

Milkyway22 (talkcontribs)

As written in the subject.

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hey @Milkyway22, is one of the related tasks asking for it to be possible. HTH.

Reply to "No way to enter the non breaking space"

Is there a way to add a series of special characters specific to a wiki?

James (talkcontribs)

For the ANG wikis, I would like to know if it's possible to edit the visual editor so that the runic alphabet is available, along with a series of special characters (Ǣǣ, Œœ, etc).

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hey @James, I think VisualEditor/Special characters has the instructions you're looking for. Best,

Reply to "Is there a way to add a series of special characters specific to a wiki?" (talkcontribs)


I installed visual editor 0.1.0 (9883566) 02:58, 17 April 2014, But i can't find the Insert->table option.

Without upgrading mediawiki how i an avail this feature.

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

It's not available in early versions of VisualEditor-MediaWiki, sorry. You'll need the version for MW 1.25 or later. (talkcontribs)

@Jdforrester (WMF) Hi thank you for your response.

visual editor 0.1.0 (9883566) support any flavor of IE ? Because we not going to upgrade MW , it is very long process, we are looking only visual editor.

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

No, sorry, IE support was first enabled as part of the MW 1.24 series.

Reply to "VisualEditor - Mediawiki 1.23.x"

Input Chinese to table will disappear when saving unless start with an English alphabet.

Summary by Jdforrester (WMF)

T78121, now fixed.

Cwlin0416 (talkcontribs)

If i just type Chinese into table, it can't be saved, if i start with an English alphabet, the problem is solved.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Thanks, Cwlin0416, for this report. I've filed it as phab:T78121 so that the devs can start figuring it out. Can you tell me what web browser, operating system, and input method you're using? Which Chinese variant were you writing in?

Cwlin0416 (talkcontribs)

I have updated VisualEditor to recently version, and the problem is solved! thanks! My browser is Google Chrome, and i use Traditional Chinese.

Symbol after citation disappear after edit

Summary by Jdforrester (WMF)

T78122, now apparently fixed.

HYH.124 (talkcontribs)

I have tried in both the English and Chinese Wikipedias, and I found that whenever I add a Chinese full stop "。" (without the quotations) after an inline citation, the "。" will disappear after the edit is saved. If you need an example, you can tell me, but basically, try putting "。" after <ref>(cite source)</ref> and see what happens.

HYH.124 (talkcontribs)

I am referring to when you add the "。" after the citation and nothing follows it (e.g. at the end of a paragraph).

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Thank you for your note, HYH.124. I apologize for this frustrating situation. User:User:DChan (WMF) will need to know about this problem.

Krenair (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Ping User:DChan (WMF) :)

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

I wasn't able to reproduce this when I pasted the full stop into my sandbox. However, perhaps it is just because I pasted it rather than typing it, or because I have a different computer. User:HYH124, could you please tell me what your web browser and operating system are, and how you are typing? These details sometimes make a big difference.

I have officially reported this problem as phab: T78122.

Thank you, again.

Summary by Jdforrester (WMF)

Requested in T55590.

Qwertyxp2000 (talkcontribs)

I suggest another part of "insert" for "insert asbox" and "insert ambox".

TheDJ (talkcontribs)

Those are very specific uses, they might be better developed as gadgets that integrate with VE in my opinion.

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Agreed for this suggestion in particular; note that there is a suggestion in bugzilla:53590 that we prompt the user with contextually-appropriate common templates when they click "insert", which is an alternative direction.