If we strongly feel that VE is the future of wikipedia and are making it the default editor than we should be consistent at an article or section level. 

The thing that I feel is paralysis of choice, we already have enough users that don't understand the concept of editing much less the confidence to go edit. I think that Visual Editor goes a long way to help reduce the fear associated with editing.  We will be taking a step back if we make the user decide between two methods of editing, increasing the steps and cognitive barrier to editing. 

I've quickly mocked up 3 options based on a conversation we had in the UX group for placement of a single edit action, that would point to the default editor environment for the user. The last one would be better if the left margin on the body copy was a bit wider. 

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To address the issue of users wanting choice, I would postpone that choice rather than making it a barrier into the edit environment.

A quick sketch of access point for opening the wikitext editor from within the visual editor environment. 

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By deemphasizing wikitext editor we both send the clear message about our intentions to have VE be the default edit environment. 

Again, in this particular instance I think choice, even though requested by some users is antithetical to our overall goals of a seamless experience for getting users, especially new users between read and edit environments.  

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On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM, Trevor Parscal <tparscal@wikimedia.org> wrote:
VisualEditor has the option to take over section edit links. We find this is probably going to be unpopular for people who want to at least sometimes edit wikitext, but don't want to loose them as VisualEditor users. After discussing a few different options, including showing both links (really cluttered and horribly long in some languages) and using icons (no icon would really convey what we want here).

We have decided that it's probably best to make the edit link show an alternative in a menu on hover. There's a prototype of this (somewhere) that MatmaRex has hacked together (screenshot attached) which is close. I mocked something up that is similar but perhaps a little better looking.

Max brings up a good point about my mockup, which is that it doesn't quite fit with other vector-isms. Given that Vector is something we want to evolve, we shouldn't get too caught up in that, but it's something worth considering since deviation from what vector is today should probably only be done if it's in the direction of what Vector should be in the future.

I'm hoping that others on the list could perhaps make suggestions, offer ideas, make simple mockups or prototypes and help make this feature as good as possible.

We need to have this solved quickly since we are releasing in a couple of weeks.

- Trevor

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