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VisualEditor is available here at the English Wikipedia alongside the original wikitext editor if you opt-in, by changing your preferences. VisualEditor is not available to unregistered users here or to users of Internet Explorer at any Wikipedia. The developers are working on support for IE9, IE10, and IE11.


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This page is a place for you to tell the Wikimedia developers about issues that you encounter when using the VisualEditor here on Wikipedia. It is still a test version and has a number of known issues and missing features. We do welcome your feedback and ideas, especially on some of the user interface decisions we are making and the priorities for adding new functions. All comments are read, but personal replies are not guaranteed. If you have encountered a problem or have found a bug, then please include your web browser, computer operating system, and Wikipedia skin (usually Vector, sometimes Monobook).

A VisualEditor User Guide is at Wikipedia:VisualEditor/User_guide.

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Need Video Clip support for Wikipedia:VisualEditor/User guide page[edit]

Hi, I always compliment VE team for taking lot of efforts to improve it. The present Wikipedia:VisualEditor/User guide page is too leangthy to read. It needs Video Clip support with screen capture for brief, 'How to' tour. Ofcourse separate ones for each language wiki projects. For example I wrote an intro article about VE on one of Marathi language website cum Web portal but I did not have any video clip or power point to share with.

If not immidiately may be over a period of time, but needs to be added in list of things to be done.

Best wishes Rgds Mahitgar (talk) 14:25, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestion. One of my goals for the next month or so is to re-write the user guide. As of a few minutes ago, almost all of the pictures for dialogs are outdated, too. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:03, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Changes lost after canceling a Save[edit]

Bug report VisualEditor
Description The editor discards changes made after a canceled Save.
Intention: modify text in a section of a page
Steps to Reproduce: Steps:
  1. Enter the beta editor
  2. Insert abc
  3. Click Save
  4. Click Review your changes
  5. Click Return to save form
  6. Click Cancel
  7. Insert xyz
  8. Click Save
  9. Click Review your changes.
  10. Notice that the xyz is not shown.
  11. Click Return to save form
  12. Click Cancel
  13. Notice that the abc and the xyz are both still there in the document draft
  14. Click Save
  15. Click Save page.
  16. Notice that the abc is saved in the page, but the xyz is not.
Results: changes after the first attempt at saving are discarded
Expectations: all changes are saved into the page
Page where the issue occurs any
Web browser Safari 7.1
Operating system OS X 10.9.4
Skin
Notes: reproducible always
Workaround or suggested solution

Encyclopedant (talk) 22:36, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for reporting this. Lost-work bugs are always serious. I've filed bug 68693http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=68693 and started searching for any devs who might be online this weekend.
Your list of steps is very clear, which I always appreciate. It's possible to reduce them even further: make a change, click save, cancel, make another change, save, scream. (Or, at least, I'd add that last one if it were my work being lost.) Again, thanks for reporting this. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 22:12, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
This has been fixed, and the fix is in production. If it comes back in the future, then please let me know. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:24, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

The Save dialog should have a link to report a bug.[edit]

The Save dialog should have a link to report a bug.

Bug report VisualEditor
Description The Save dialog should have a link to open a new window to a bug report form. This is a good time to start a bug report because you have what you need at hand to write clearly about the bug.
Intention: save changes to a page
Steps to Reproduce:
Results: There is no link to report a bug. There is a "leave feedback" item under the ? help link in the editor toolbar, but that's kind of hidden, and it doesn't take you to a real bug report form.
Expectations: There should be a link to open a new window to a bug report form. The link should be explicit that you won't lose what you're doing and that the bug report form will open in a new window.
Page where the issue occurs any
Web browser any
Operating system any
Skin any
Notes:
Workaround or suggested solution google for how to report a bug in the beta editor.

Encyclopedant (talk) 22:45, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

I have put your idea on the list. Thanks for sharing it. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:50, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Cite Function[edit]

Just wanted to say the new cite function is really good. Red Fiona (talk) 23:52, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Red Fiona. The autofilling mw:Citoid work is coming along nicely, too, so I hope that in a month or two, we'll have some major improvements to it. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:46, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Pawn insanity[edit]

Edit Hong Kong International Airport#Composition in VE. Click between Asiana Airlines and Air France and add "and". Watch as the article goes insane with pawns and "Air Fr". Text after change pasted in my sandbox. Interestingly, using undo shows this is a series of actions. Firefox 31, Windows 7:Jay8g [VTE] 19:46, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

I've been trying to make other edits to this page and keep getting pawns and/or repeated text, pretty much every time I try to edit the text (as opposed to just adding {{convert}}, which seems to be generally sucessful):Jay8g [VTE] 20:02, 27 July 2014 (UTC)
If I first break the paragraph, (so that the convert template is in a separate paragraph), it doesn't do it. Also, I have to type (to get a pawn) and the click elsewhere (to get the repeats). I've filed a bug report. Thank you for the message and for saving a copy of the mess it made in your sandbox. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:45, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

In this edit, I got a snowman after rearranging (copy and paste) a sentence with {{convert}}. This did not show up in VE itself, and appeared in place of the comma that I had actually added (and that had displayed in VE):Jay8g [VTE] 00:23, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Jay8g, I'd wondered if you'd manage to get snowmen as well. Snowmen are problems with ContentEditable. Would you take a look at bug 67992http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=67992 and tell me if you think that might be the same thing? The problem in those diffs are also downstream from a template. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 02:11, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
It seems highly likely:Jay8g [VTE] 03:24, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
I've added your note to that bug. There's a chance it will be fixed this Thursday (at MediaWiki; here a week later). Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:27, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

IE 11[edit]

I managed to get VisualEditor in Internet Explorer 11, although it was in (what I assume to be) HTML mode, where everything was written in IMPACT. Also, there was a message that said "You are using a browser that does not support VisualEditor". Has this ever happened to anyone else? --UserJDalek 04:50, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

It doesn't look like you manaed to save the page. An inability to save is the main reason that IE is disallowed. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 15:31, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Piped links?[edit]

Am I crazy, or can you not add piped links while editing in VE mode? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 16:51, 29 July 2014 (UTC)