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I'll live to see you — all of ya — hanging from the highest yardarm in the British fleet!
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21 January 2015
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VisualEditor newsletter—December 2014[edit]

Screenshot showing how to add or remove columns from a table

Did you know?

Basic table editing is now available in VisualEditor. You can add and remove rows and columns from existing tables at the click of a button.

The user guide has more information about how to use VisualEditor.

Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and worked on table editing and performance. Their weekly status reports are posted on Upcoming plans are posted at the VisualEditor roadmap.

VisualEditor was deployed to several hundred remaining wikis as an opt-in beta feature at the end of November, except for most Wiktionaries (which depend heavily upon templates) and all Wikisources (which await integration with ProofreadPage).

Recent improvements[edit]

Basic support for editing tables is available. You can insert new tables, add and remove rows and columns, set or remove a caption for a table, and merge cells together. To change the contents of a cell, double-click inside it. More features will be added in the coming months. In addition, VisualEditor now ignores broken, invalid rowspan and colspan elements, instead of trying to repair them.

You can now use find and replace in VisualEditor, reachable through the tool menu or by pressing ⌃ Ctrl+F or ⌘ Cmd+F.

You can now create and edit simple <blockquote> paragraphs for quoting and indenting content. This changes a "Paragraph" into a "Block quote".

Some new keyboard sequences can be used to format content. At the start of the line, typing "*  " will make the line a bullet list; "1.  " or "# " will make it a numbered list; "==" will make it a section heading; ": " will make it a blockquote. If you didn't mean to use these tools, you can press undo to undo the formatting change. There are also two other keyboard sequences: "[[" for opening the link tool, and "{{" for opening the template tool, to help experienced editors. The existing standard keyboard shortcuts, like ⌃ Ctrl+K to open the link editor, still work.

If you add a category that has been redirected, then VisualEditor now adds its target. Categories without description pages show up as red.

You can again create and edit galleries as wikitext code.

Looking ahead[edit]

VisualEditor will replace the existing design with a new theme designed by the User Experience group. The new theme will be visible for desktop systems at in late December and at other sites early January. (You can see a developer preview of the old "Apex" theme and the new "MediaWiki" one which will replace it.)

The Editing team plans to add auto-fill features for citations in January. Planned changes to the media search dialog will make choosing between possible images easier.


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Thank you! WhatamIdoing (WMF) (talk) 23:37, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Still want your name on Teahouse invites?[edit]

Hi Benzband! A while back, you agreed to have your name attached to some of the daily Teahouse invites sent by HostBot. Are you still interested in having your name included in some of these invites? If not, I'm happy to remove your name from the list. Cheers, - J-Mo Talk to Me Email Me 00:15, 29 December 2014 ( |}

Hi Jtmorgan! It's been a while since I've been active at the Teahouse, so indeed it probably doesn't make sense for me to figure on invitations anymore. Happy New Year, benzband (talk) 23:04, 1 January 2015 (UTC)
Cool! I've taken your name off the list for now. Ping me if you ever want back on. Happy new year to you as well! Cheers, - J-Mo Talk to Me Email Me 20:02, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for all your help.


Happy New Year to you and your family Bhootrina (talk) 14:58, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Happy New Year![edit]

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Dear Benzband,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! A new year has come! How times flies! 2015 will be a new year, and it is also a chance for you to start afresh! Thank you for your contributions!
From a fellow editor,
--Nahnah4 (talk | contribs | guestbook) 09:33, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

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MOTD 2015 Service Award and Happy 2015[edit]

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We at Motto of the Day would like to thank you for your participation and contributions to MOTD during 2014. We hope to see you around in 2015. Happy New Year to you and yours from MOTD!!! –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:47, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Ben, I hope you had a good Christmas time with friends and parents and wishing you all the very best for the New Year. Without YOU we're nothing! Happy 2015!!! –pjoef (talkcontribs) 11:47, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Re: MotD Service Award and Happy New Year![edit]

I am also not very active lately, but I've started contributing to MOTD back in 2008, so I spend at least some time each week helping out at MOTD.
Thank you for your wishes, Ben. Let me reiterate my best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2015!!! –pjoef (talkcontribs) 09:23, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Thankyou, pjoef! Face-smile.svg benzband (talk) 15:49, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Help with linking two language versions of an article[edit]

Hi ben can you explain how to link the french and english language versions of the article on the moroccan magazine Souffles please? Thanks When i click "add link" in the "Languages" section of the sidebar it asks me to log in to Wikidata, but even once i'm logged in there it still doesn't work. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Blackbird34 (talkcontribs) 15:30, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

@Blackbird34: I've added the french article to the existing Wikidata entry Q17020414, which already had the english article listed, so language links should now appear in both language articles' sidebars. To add another language you can just scroll down to the section labeled "Wikipedia pages linked to this item" and click "edit". PS: You can sign your posts by adding four tildes (~~~~) at the end.benzband (talk) 15:48, 2 January 2015 (UTC)