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25 March 2015

VisualEditor News 2015—#1[edit]


Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and worked on VisualEditor's appearance, the coming Citoid reference service, and support for languages with complex input requirements. Status reports are posted on Upcoming plans are posted at the VisualEditor roadmap.

The Wikimedia Foundation has named its top priorities for this quarter (January to March). The first priority is making VisualEditor ready for deployment by default to all new users and logged-out users at the remaining large Wikipedias. You can help identify these requirements. There will be weekly triage meetings which will be open to volunteers beginning Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at 12:00 (noon) PST (20:00 UTC). Tell Vice President of Engineering Damon Sicore, Product Manager James Forrester and other team members which bugs and features are most important to you. The decisions made at these meetings will determine what work is necessary for this quarter's goal of making VisualEditor ready for deployment to new users. The presence of volunteers who enjoy contributing MediaWiki code is particularly appreciated. Information about how to join the meeting will be posted at mw:Talk:VisualEditor/Portal shortly before the meeting begins. 

Due to some breaking changes in MobileFrontend and VisualEditor, VisualEditor was not working correctly on the mobile site for a couple of days in early January. The teams apologize for the problem.

Recent improvements[edit]

The new design for VisualEditor aligns with MediaWiki's Front-End Standards as led by the Design team. Several new versions of the OOjs UI library have also been released, and these also affect the appearance of VisualEditor and other MediaWiki software extensions. Most changes were minor, like changing the text size and the amount of white space in some windows. Buttons are consistently color-coded to indicate whether the action:

  • starts a new task, like opening the Save page dialog:  blue ,
  • takes a constructive action, like inserting a citation:  green ,
  • might remove or lose your work, like removing a link:  red , or
  • is neutral, like opening a link in a new browser window:  gray.

The TemplateData editor has been completely re-written to use a different design (T67815) based on the same OOjs UI system as VisualEditor (T73746). This change fixed a couple of existing bugs (T73077 and T73078) and improved usability.

Search and replace in long documents is now faster. It does not highlight every occurrence if there are more than 100 on-screen at once (T78234).

Editors at the Hebrew and Russian Wikipedias requested the ability to use VisualEditor in the "Article Incubator" or drafts namespace (T86688, T87027). If your community would like VisualEditor enabled on another namespace on your wiki, then you can file a request in Phabricator. Please include a link to a community discussion about the requested change.

Looking ahead[edit]

The Editing team will soon add auto-fill features for citations. The Citoid service takes a URL or DOI for a reliable source, and returns a pre-filled, pre-formatted bibliographic citation. After creating it, you will be able to change or add information to the citation, in the same way that you edit any other pre-existing citation in VisualEditor. Support for ISBNs, PMIDs, and other identifiers is planned. Later, editors will be able to contribute to the Citoid service's definitions for each website, to improve precision and reduce the need for manual corrections.

We will need editors to help test the new design of the special character inserter, especially if you speak Welsh, Breton, or another language that uses diacritics or special characters extensively. The new version should be available for testing next week. Please contact User:Whatamidoing (WMF) if you would like to be notified when the new version is available. After the special character tool is completed, VisualEditor will be deployed to all users at Phase 5 Wikipedias. This will affect about 50 mid-size and smaller Wikipedias, including Afrikaans, Azerbaijani, Breton, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Mongolian, Tatar, and Welsh. The date for this change has not been determined.

Let's work together[edit]

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Archaeological sites in Germany[edit]

Hi GJ. Thanks for your work on categories. I'm just trying to understand why you removed Category:Archaeological sites of Germany from e.g. Oldendorfer Totenstatt and Goldbusch. The comment says "redundant" but the remaining categories are not related to archaeological sites e.g. as children not are they synonymous. For example, a dolmen may or may not be an archaeological site. It depends if anyone's dug it up. Just askin'. --Bermicourt (talk) 17:55, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Hello Bermicourt, "megalithic monuments" are a sub-category of "archaelogical sites". More precisely: they are a sub-cat of "prehistoric sites", which is a sub-cat of "archaelogical sites". Taking "archaeological sites" in a wider meaning for "all sites of archaeological interest", the categorization makes sense - currently all prehistoric sites are categorized within the category tree of archaeological sites. That's a bit of a simplification of course, but categorization puts articles under simplified labels - sometimes the labelling is not entirely accurate or doesn't fit all cases perfectly. GermanJoe (talk) 18:38, 17 March 2015 (UTC)


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Thank you for using VisualEditor and sharing your ideas with the developers.

Hello, GermanJoe,

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Thank you, Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 15:56, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CVIII, March 2015[edit]

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Enthiran PR[edit]

Hi, I am Ssven2. I recently took this film article starring Rajinikanth and Aishwarya Rai to GA status and nominated it for FAC, but it was withdrwan due to WP:PUNC and MOS:LQ issues, most if which have been resolved by User:SandyGeorgia and User:RHM22. Do let me know if you are interested in leaving additional comments at the article's 2nd PR. Thanks. — Ssven2 Speak 2 me 12:49, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Hello @Ssven2:, I am keeping myself busy with some other issues (Wiki and non-Wiki) currently, but it seems like the PR already has a good amount of constructive feedback anyway (and in all honesty, I am really not that knowledgeable in Indian cinema). I hope, all goes well with your next nomination. GermanJoe (talk) 18:45, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Closing chorale[edit]

BWV 167: the statement about the style of setting the closing chorale, chorale fantasia vs. the normal simple four-part setting, is based on the scores of the pieces. Should they all be included in the article? And/or the observation rephrased? Help? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:42, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Hello @Gerda Arendt:, first of all great work on all of those music articles (I wouldn't dream of contributing so many detailed articles myself). To your question: if the statement is just a simple comparison of those settings, it is verifiable with that primary material and doesn't need sourcing. But the statement is indeed a bit unclear (at least for someone with only high school music background). Tweaking it to clarify the intended "message" may be the best approach. But it isn't necessary to add all details here (imo), as long as the context is clear. GermanJoe (talk) 09:06, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
From what you understood, how would you phrase it? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:30, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Did a slight tweak, feel free to revert if I misread the intended conclusion (or used the wrong term in that context). Removed the source tag (as an uncontroversial observation). GermanJoe (talk) 10:23, 31 March 2015 (UTC)