[Translators-l] New translation editor + Fwd: summary of WMF engineering in March: Visual editor, notifications, mobile, & more

Siebrand Mazeland s.mazeland at xs4all.nl
Tue Apr 9 18:44:03 UTC 2013

Absolutely. Unless you are using Internet Explorer 9 or 10, we found out. Earlier versions are not supported.

If you are using IE, please use another browser for the next few days. It's really broken. Options are among others, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

We have made good progress fixing issues the prohibit fully functional use today, with currently two major issues left to resolve. I expect these will be resolved and tested working tomorrow.

An updated version will be made available by Thursday, 09:00 UTC. Deployment starts at 08:00 UTC.

If you find any issues, please see https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/How_to_report_a_bug

Please report your issues in Product MediaWiki extensions -> Component Translate.


Siebrand Mazeland

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Op 9 apr. 2013 om 19:32 heeft Samuel Klein <meta.sj at gmail.com> het volgende geschreven:

> Huzzah!  Now that is something worth celebrating.
> On Apr 9, 2013 10:14 AM, "Federico Leva (Nemo)" <nemowiki at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Translations needed!
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate&group=page-Wikimedia+engineering+report%2F2013%2FMarch%2Fsummary&task=view>
>> After you translate it, you may also want to link it from the wikis in that language.
>> Among the news: the new translation interface was enabled by default last wednesday. <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/25/redesigning-the-translation-experience-an-overview/>
>> There are some bugs being worked on, but more reports of specific problems or things you're unhappy with are very welcome, see <https://translatewiki.net/wiki/Thread:Support/So_called_"new"_interface_completely_unusable/reply_(7)>.
>> Bugzilla is quickest way to get a response, but translatewiki.net is also quite safe, see that thread. :)
>> Nemo
>> -------- Messaggio originale --------
>> Oggetto: [Wikitech-ambassadors] summary of WMF engineering in March: Visual editor, notifications, mobile, & more
>> Data: Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:53:13 -0400
>> Hi,
>> The report covering Wikimedia engineering activities in March 2013 is
>> now available. Thanks to Guillaume Paumier and Tilman Bayer and the
>> engineers who helped me put this together.
>> Wiki version:
>> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_report/2013/March
>> Blog version:
>> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/04/04/engineering-march-2013-report/
>> We're also providing a shorter, simpler and translatable version of this
>> report that does not assume specialized technical knowledge.  It's
>> onwiki at
>> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_report/2013/March/summary
>> and I thought you might like to have it in an email.
>> As always, feedback is appreciated about the usefulness of the report
>> and its summary, and on how to improve them.
>> -- 
>> Sumana Harihareswara
>> Engineering Community Manager
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> *This content is prepared for inclusion in the March 2013 Wikimedia
>> Foundation
>> report<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Report,_March_2013>.
>> It is a shorter and simpler version of the full (and English-only)
>> Wikimedia engineering report for March
>> 2013<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_report/2013/March>that
>> does not assume specialized technical knowledge.*
>> VisualEditor <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor>
>> *(Accessible introduction to what the Visual Editor
>> is<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2012/12/07/inventing-as-we-go-building-a-visual-editor-for-mediawiki/>)*
>> In March, part of the team worked on infrastructure for the major new
>> features that they'll be adding in the coming months. We aim for
>> VisualEditor to be the default way all users edit our sites by July
>> 2013, so it needs to let everyone edit the majority of content without
>> needing to use the usual "wikitext" editor. This will mean adding
>> support for references, (at least) basic templates, categories and
>> images, each of which is a very large piece of work. This month the team
>> primarily worked on draft designs and initial code to ensure users can
>> edit categories and templates.
>> The Visual Editor team undertook its first ever "Quarterly
>> Review<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews>",
>> whose
>> slides<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/File:VisualEditor-Parsoid_-_2012-13_Q3_quarterly_review_deck.pdf>detail
>> these designs, the work done to date and expectations for the near
>> future. The alpha version of VisualEditor on mediawiki.org and the
>> English Wikipedia was updated twice, adding better input and selection
>> support, fixing a number of bugs, and restructuring the back-end so that
>> the new features will be simpler to create.
>> The Parsoid <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Parsoid> team (who are
>> creating the parsing program <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsing>
>> that translates plain wikitext into HTML annotated for easy editing, and
>> *vice-versa*) continued writing specifications, fixing bugs, and
>> improving how Parsoid deals with different human languages, newlines and
>> whitespace, and transclusion. And late in March, C. Scott Ananian joined
>> us as a contractor. Welcome!
>> Editor engagement <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/New_editor_engagement>
>> In March, the editor engagement features team worked on three projects:
>> Notifications <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo_%28Notifications%29>,
>> Article Feedback
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Article_feedback/Version_5> and Flow
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Flow>.
>> For Notifications
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo_%28Notifications%29>(formerly
>> called 'Echo'), we developed a range of new features, including:
>> the
>> 'thanks<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo/Feature_requirements#Thank_you_notification>'
>> and 'user
>> rights<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo/Feature_requirements#User_rights>'
>> notifications, as well as HTML email
>> notifications<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo/Feature_requirements#HTML_email_digests>.
>> We also started to collect our first
>> metrics<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo/Metrics>and prepared a
>> socialization plan for our upcoming release on the English
>> Wikipedia later this month. You are welcome to test our work-in-progress
>> here on MediaWiki.org <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo/Testing>.
>> For Article
>> Feedback<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Article_feedback/Version_5>, we
>> deployed a new version of the tool on the and, for evaluation by their
>> communities. Final features include 'discuss on talk
>> page<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Article_feedback/Version_5/Feature_Requirements#Discuss_on_talk_page>'
>> and
>> 'auto-archive<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Article_feedback/Version_5/Feature_Requirements#Auto-archive_comments>'.
>> The tool was temporarily turned off on the English Wikipedia, where we
>> expect to re-deploy it on an opt-in basis as soon as practical, as
>> described on this talk
>> page<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Article_Feedback_Tool/Version_5#New_version_of_Article_Feedback>.
>> Design work continued on Flow <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Flow>, the
>> upcoming user-to-user discussion system. We continued creating a
>> 'Portal' that will engage discussion about Flow at three locations
>> (mediawiki.org<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/FlowPortal>,
>> meta, and the English Wikipedia), and performing
>> research<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Flow_Portal/Research>.
>> The Editor Engagement
>> Experiments<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Editor_Engagement_Experiments>team
>> largely placed other projects – such as guided tours
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Guided_tours>,
>> EventLogging<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/EventLogging>,
>> and others – on hold to focus on two key initiatives: the "Getting
>> Started<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:GettingStarted>"
>> process for onboarding new
>> Wikipedians<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Onboarding_new_Wikipedians>,
>> and on making the redesign of account creation and
>> login<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Account_creation_user_experience>a
>> permanent, internationalized part of MediaWiki core.
>> For the Getting Started project, the team launched a new version on
>> English Wikipedia, which included a new landing page with additional
>> types of tasks suggested for brand new editors to try. The list of tasks
>> is now generated by a basic recommender
>> system<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Onboarding_new_Wikipedians/Recommender_system>built
>> by Ori Livneh, which gathers, filters, and delivered a fresh list of
>> tasks automatically for every editor. This new backend paves the way for
>> releasing the "getting started" feature on other projects, after we've
>> completed data analysis and testing to understand which kinds of tasks
>> are ideal for first time editors. Additionally, Matt Flaschen
>> collaborated with the Editor Engagement Features team to build
>> notifications<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Echo>to welcome new editors
>> and invite them to contribute via the Getting Started.
>> For the account creation and login work, S Page, Munaf Assaf, and the
>> rest of the team rebuilt our design to work with MediaWiki core, and
>> solicited reviews from outside the team. We currently plan to launch
>> both interface redesigns on an opt-in basis in April, to have editors
>> test the localization and other functional aspects of the forms via a
>> URL parameter, before we enable them as default.
>>  Mobile <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Mobile_engineering>
>> We have a stable version of the mobile-optimized website, which everyone
>> on a smartphone uses by default, and we have a beta version that
>> logged-in Wikimedia users can opt to use to see features we're still
>> building. When functionality is polished enough, we promote it from the
>> beta site to the stable site. In March, we added the ability to easily
>> upload<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/11/putting-commons-contributions-in-your-hand-mobile-app-uploads/>a
>> lead
>> image<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/28/add-an-image-to-this-article-uploads-now-live-on-mobile-wikipedia/>to
>> articles that lack one in the stable version of the mobile site. We
>> also helped users by giving them a temporary fix to an issue we
>> discovered that made logging in hard or impossible for some users of
>> newer mobile web browsers; that problem had prevented a number of users
>> from being able to upload photos via the mobile site. We are now well on
>> our way to reach our goal of 1000 unique uploaders/month by the end of
>> June 2013. Check out the mobile app dashboard
>> <http://mobile-reportcard.wmflabs.org/> to see mobile contributions via
>> the website and via apps.
>> Also: we've added thumbnails of lead images from articles in the mobile
>> watchlist view, as well as a "last modified" timestamp on articles in
>> the stable version of the mobile site. We are currently focusing on some
>> performance enhancements for the mobile site. In April we will graduate
>> the "uploads dashboard" feature from beta to stable, will further refine
>> our photo upload features, and will let beta site users see and use a
>> feature to identify articles on subjects near your current location.
>> The Mobile team that makes dedicated Wikimedia mobile apps have created
>> an initial version of the Commons photo uploader app for Android; it is
>> available for download in Google Play. The iOS version is still in beta,
>> but should be available in the Apple app store next month.
>> In March, Wikipedia Zero
>> (explanation<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Mobile_partnerships>)
>> added new telecom partners (such as Axiata Group
>> Berhad<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/19/axiata-wikipedia-zero-partnership/>),
>> fixed some technical problems, and helped teach new staff how we do
>> things. We also won an SXSW Interactive "Activism" award for Wikipedia
>> Zero<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/13/wikipedia-zero-wins-2013-sxsw-interactive-activism-award/>
>> .
>> Max Semenik, Arthur Richards and Faidon Liambotis held an OpenStreetMaps
>> mini-hackathon at Open Source Days 2013 in
>> Copenhagen<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Events/Wikimedia_Mapping_Event_2013>.
>> During the event, they agreed on an implementation strategy for a future
>> WMF mapping cluster. The cluster would serve OSM "tiles" and thus help
>> integrate OSM functionality better into Wikimedia sites, and help with
>> our mobile apps which already make use of OSM data.
>>  Other useful engineering news
>>    - Lua
>> scripting<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/11/lua-templates-faster-more-flexible-pages/>has
>> launched on all WMF wikis, making templates faster and making pages more
>> flexible. You can read that post to understand what to do on your wiki
>> to take advantage of this, and you can also read about the implications
>> for Wikimedia's
>> future<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/14/what-lua-scripting-means-wikimedia-open-source/>.
>>    - We redesigned the Translate
>> interface<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/25/redesigning-the-translation-experience-an-overview/>and
>> made other
>> progress<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/12/new-release-of-the-mediawiki-language-extension-bundle-and-other-updates/>on
>> translation and language-related tools.
>>    - We have fresh, friendly instructions on reporting a technical
>> problem<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/18/how-to-create-a-good-first-bug-report/>and
>> invite you to help prioritize problems to
>> fix<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/19/help-wikimedia-squash-software-bugs/>.
>>    - Our designers are collaborating with the Noun
>> Project<https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/13/the-noun-project-and-the-wikimedia-foundation-host-an-iconathon-to-create-an-encyclopedia-collection-of-free-icons/>towards
>> creating an "Encyclopedia Collection" of free icons.
>>    - Our Operations group (the systems administrators who keep our
>> servers running) has started a twice-monthly meeting with other
>> engineering teams, to keep communication flowing about requirements and
>> possible upcoming problems or server needs.
>>    - The User Metrics API
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User_Metrics>launched; it's a service
>> that allows researchers to perform cohort analysis
>> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohort_study> on various data sets,
>> making it easier to measure the effects of programs and platform
>> experiments among discrete sets of users. The Analytics
>> group<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Analytics>, which works on
>> software to make statistics about Wikimedia available, is currently
>> working on improving the web-based user interface, to make it available
>> for use outside of Wikimedia Foundation staff in the coming months.
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