Thursday 20th June, 2013
1:30pm to 2:15pm
Wikipedia is “the free encyclopædia that anyone can edit”. We know from research, however, that most people can’t edit, and so we, a team from the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikia, are building a visual editor to bridge the gap. This is particularly challenging because MediaWiki's syntax, wikitext, is a superset of HTML and Wikipedia’s content is so complex.
At OS Bridge 2013, we will be a few days away from having VisualEditor be the default way people edit all Wikipedias in all languages. It has come a long way since the demonstration version we showed at OS Bridge 2012. It provides a simple way to create and edit articles, from tiny stubs to mature and complex articles, while still allowing experienced editors to use the old wikitext editor if they want to. With an eye to the future, we have also been carefully preparing the way for the later addition of real-time collaborative editing.
Trevor and Roan will talk about and show off the work we've done, the decisions we made and the issues we worry about. We will ask you what you think, how you might use it, and what more we can do to make VisualEditor the best HTML editor on the Web, whilst making editing Wikipedia – and all our wikis – truly open to everyone.
MediaWiki developer, bot API maintainer #wikipedia #wikimedia #mediawiki . Current location http://www.dopplr.com/traveller/Catrope/public . Also on identi.ca bio from Twitter
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