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syntax highlight geshi and visual editor

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I have a local wiki installed with the latest mediawiki from git master (1.25alpha (a9d0cfc)), latest visual editor extension from git (0.1.0 (358268b)), latest parsoid extension from git (0.2.0 (9b986c9)), latest syntax highlight extension from git ( (53e1b42)).

But when hoovering over the syntax highlight parts I get the not editable icon (sorry, this element can only be editable in source mode for now) and not the editable popup that you are suppose to get.

Anything missing here to get it to run ok with syntax highlight geshi?

BR, Daniel

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)


I'm afraid that the SyntaxHighlighter_GeSHi extension doesn't yet have a VisualEditor plugin. There was some excellent work last year by a GSoC student to make one of these, but that work had a few bugs and is not yet ready to use, I'm afraid.

The work in progress is currently available on gerrit – – but we don't have the spare cycles to devote to this area of work, as it's not a priority for Wikimedia content wikis.

We'd be happy to work with and help someone interested in taking it on, but without someone coming forward, it's not scheduled to happen for quite a while.

Londonx (talkcontribs)

Hello, I have media wiki 1.25 and was wondering if anyone got it to work? site has a working version so how do I get my media wiki to work?

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

This code was written and landed after 1.25.x. It is available as part of the 1.26.x branches.

Reply to "syntax highlight geshi and visual editor" (talkcontribs)

I have this weird problem that when I scroll down on a page while in edit mode and then i klick on something inside the editor, the mouse focus is at the right place, but somehow the window always scrolls back to the point where the focus was before. It happens every time i klick on something that is not already visible in the current window. Is this a bug? What can I do to change this behavior?

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Is this on a Wikimedia production wiki? If not, it may be a bug we fixed a few months ago in master. Can you tell me what browsers with which this appears to happen?

Reply to "Weird scroll behavior"
TAnthony (talkcontribs)

I recently witnessed an editor adding citations to an article using the Automatic function (they merely paste the URL), and VE included the language parameter designating US English. Obviously, the language parameters are only to be used on English Wikipedia when the language is not English. Is this mis-programming or am I missing something?

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

The consensus about what to include in these templates on the English Wikipedia appears to have changed. The citation templates have been updated to suppress the display but to keep the content. Including this information in the template is particularly useful when the page is translated to another language.

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Summary by Whatamidoing (WMF)

Only default content present

Khaalid muhumed (talkcontribs)
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Request: Can we align to right/center/left in a table by using Visual Editor?

Shangkuanlc (talkcontribs)

Hi there, we love visual editor, a big fan.

However, when we are trying Visual Editor to edit table here on meta for our financial summary by @Natsu621, and we can't find the way to align the words to the right / center / left. Since it is involved with money, the alignment should be set on the right to meet the digit in ones. According to the record on this site, the latest update for relevant page is 3 months ago. I am wondering is there any possible agenda to have this feature for this year? Thank you, and keep the good work!

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hello there! Work related to tables is actually a big focus this quarter. I made more generic now, and will ask James about it when I can. (Note that in the meantime you can obviously still apply attributes to tables made with the visual editor via the wikitext editor).

Shangkuanlc (talkcontribs)

Thank you for the reply! I have added the attributes by wikitext editor now :)

Reply to "Request: Can we align to right/center/left in a table by using Visual Editor?"

What if two people are editing page?

Summary by Jdforrester (WMF)

Works as with any other kind of edit.

Yanpas (talkcontribs)

How does VE deals with two people editing the same page? Does it forbids the second to edit (like translator do)? And how does it solve editing collisions with two users using visual editor and one user using visual editorn and another - source editor?

Trizek (WMF) (talkcontribs)


Users who edit a page at the same time will have a conflict if they edit the same sentence or section, no matter the tool they use.

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Multiple people editing the same page at the same time works the same way using the visual editor as the wikitext editor – it's resolved by MediaWiki on save, and in rare cases is unable to save all edits alongside and so prompt the user to resolve the edit conflict. It does not forbid others from editing, as that is pretty strongly anti-wiki and would not be OK for our users.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

An editor asked me to test this a while ago, and I can confirm that it doesn't matter which tool(s) are being used. The result is exactly the same.

If you are the second editor to save (the second editor is always the person who has to deal with the edit conflict), then you will always see the wikitext, no matter which editing system you were using. Edit conflicts are always resolved in wikitext.

Request: Cut/Copy/Paste function in table rows/columns

Summary by Jdforrester (WMF)

This was released as part of 1.27.0-wmf.12.

Jurjendevries (talkcontribs)

An anonymous visitor at asked for a copy function in table rows. As far as I know there is no function for it yet. Love to see a cut/copy/paste for table rows & columns.

Elitre (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hold your breath, (which I think is relevant) is tagged as "patch for review".

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Major improvements to table editing, including drag-and-drop rearranging of tables, is on the way, but it's probably going to take a little while yet.

Jurjendevries (talkcontribs)

Great to hear it's already on its way. I'll be patient and looking forward to it.

MIM1765 (talkcontribs)
User agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/48.0.2564.97 Safari/537.36

I can't figure out how to change the Page Name for this page. URL:

The U.S. Census Bureau now refers to this area as the Hermiston-Pendleton MSA, source here

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hi MIM1765, page names are changed through the "Move" tab, next to the History tab at the top of the page. See w:en:Help:How to move a page.

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talkcontribs)
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This is a test.

Jdforrester (WMF) (talkcontribs)
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