VisualEditor News #5—2015
Since the last newsletter, the VisualEditor Team has fixed many bugs, added new features, and made some small design changes. They post weekly status reports on mediawiki.org. Their workboard is available in Phabricator. Their current priorities are improving support for languages like Japanese and Arabic, making it easier to edit on mobile devices, and providing rich-media tools for formulæ, charts, galleries and uploading.
Educational features: The first time you use the visual editor, it now draws your attention to the Link and Cite tools. When you click on the tools, it explains why you should use them. (T108620) Alongside this, the welcome message for new users has been simplified to make editing more welcoming. (T112354) More in-software educational features are planned.
Links: It is now easier to understand when you are adding text to a link and when you are typing plain text next to it. (T74108, T91285) The editor now fully supports ISBN, PMID or RFC numbers. (T109498, T110347, T63558) These "magic links" use a custom link editing tool.
Uploads: Registered editors can now upload images and other media to Commons while editing. Click the new tab in the "Insert Media" tool. You will be guided through the process without having to leave your edit. At the end, the image will be inserted. This tool is limited to one file at a time, owned by the user, and licensed under Commons's standard license. For more complex situations, the tool links to more advanced upload tools. You can also drag the image into the editor. This will be available in the wikitext editor later.
Mobile: Previously, the visual editor was available on the mobile Wikipedia site only on tablets. Now, editors can use the visual editor on any size of device. (T85630) Edit conflicts were previously broken on the mobile website. Edit conflicts can now be resolved in both wikitext and visual editors. (T111894) Sometimes templates and similar items could not be deleted on the mobile website. Selecting them caused the on-screen keyboard to hide with some browsers. Now there is a new "Delete" button, so that these things can be removed if the keyboard hides. (T62110) You can also edit table cells in mobile now.
Rich editing tools: You can now add and edit sheet music in the visual editor. (T112925) There are separate tabs for advanced options, such as MIDI and Ogg audio files. (T114227 and T113354) When editing formulæ and other blocks, errors are shown as you edit. It is also possible to edit some types of graphs; adding new ones, and support for new types, will be coming.
On the English Wikipedia, the visual editor is now automatically available to anyone who creates an account. The preference switch was moved to the normal location, under Special:Preferences.
You will soon be able to switch from the wikitext to the visual editor after you start editing. (T49779) Previously, you could only switch from the visual editor to the wikitext editor. Bi-directional switching will make possible a single edit tab. (T102398) This project will combine the "Edit" and "Edit source" tabs into a single "Edit" tab, similar to the system already used on the mobile website. The "Edit" tab will open whichever editing environment you used last time.
Let's work together
- Share your ideas and ask questions at mw:VisualEditor/Feedback. This feedback page uses Flow for discussions.
- Can you read and type in Korean or Japanese? Language engineer David Chan needs people who know which tools people use to type in some languages. If you speak Japanese or Korean, you can help him test support for these languages. Please see the instructions at mw:VisualEditor/IME Testing#What to test if you can help, and report it on Phabricator (Korean - Japanese) or on Wikipedia (Korean - Japanese).
- Local admins can set up the Citoid automatic reference feature for your wiki. If you need help, then please post a request in the Citoid project on Phabricator. Include links to the TemplateData for the most important citation templates on your wiki.
- The weekly task triage meetings are open to volunteers. Learn how to join the meetings and how to nominate bugs at mw:VisualEditor/Weekly triage meetings. You do not need to attend the meeting to nominate a bug for consideration, though. Instead, go to Phabricator and "associate" the main VisualEditor project with the bug.
If you can't read this in your favorite language, then please help us with translations! Subscribe to the Translators mailing list or contact us directly, so that we can notify you when the next issue is ready. Thank you!
— Whatamidoing (WMF) 04:16, 30 October 2015 (UTC)
This name seems to be not based on any official reference. City of Toronto Heritage property listing simply calls it "Canadian National Railways Office Building" without a specific purpose. One of the references even says that it was once owned by CP Rail! Do you have any thoughts on the title? The building and the adjacent development is currently fenced off but, if I can sneak in the gate, I will get some better photos as soon as the sun shines. Secondarywaltz (talk) 22:18, 12 November 2015 (UTC)
- Of course, the company spells it "Railway", so I don't know if the heritage list is definitive. Probably there is no real title for the building, just an address, so it gets referred to differently. Using Office Building is a bit vague though. I sure the company has other office buildings in Toronto. Alaney2k (talk) 23:10, 12 November 2015 (UTC)
I thought your recent addition to King Street was not quite right, and it has been reverted by another editor. Duke Street, along with Newgate Street, became part of Adelaide Street and the name is still carved in George Brown College at the corner of Frederick Street. But, there appears to have been some very confusing double switches, and you are indeed correct. I don't know if you have references, but you can see File:Plan for the enlargement of York, as amended by Order of His Honor the President projected in lots containing an acre more or less.jpg for the details. Thanks. Secondarywaltz (talk) 22:15, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
- It says on that map that Palace Street was formerly named King Street, and King Street was formerly named Duke Street. Alaney2k (talk) 22:19, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
- Exactly. I am not frigging argueing! I am telling you the situation today, with later changes! Secondarywaltz (talk) 22:26, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
- Sorry, I didn't mean it to seem like arguing. That editor seems to follow me around occasionally and do those reverts. Sometimes I go off on tangents while editing, then get back to something and he has done the revert. It's within the rules on Wikipedia, but is still annoying. Alaney2k (talk) 22:33, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
- Yes, I'm sorry about my response too. I think we're trying to work together. I almost reverted your edit as well because I know what the street names have changed to now, with the old street names literally carved in stone. Not the first version, but the second. Very confusing and hard to explain. Secondarywaltz (talk) 22:53, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
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