Thought you may find this interesting. From CIS-A2K we are putting efforts
about spreading the news about Beta Features to many Wikimedians in India.
Interestingly, it looks like, the news has percolated quite well among
various Indian language communities :) Came across a news paper coverage
in Tamil about the availability of Beta Features. See here . It's all in
Tamil but you will find the link to the Meta page at the end. It's rare
for Indian language media to cover such technical aspects pertaining to
Wikimedia. Was thrilled to see it :)
Tamil Wikimedia community has quite many vibrant techies who would be
interested in Beta Features.
Cheers from India,
On 8 November 2013 05:26, Fabrice Florin <fflorin(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
I'm happy to let you know that Beta Features and Media Viewer have now
been released on Commons and MetaWiki, in addition to MediaWiki.org
Beta Features (1) is a new program from the Wikimedia Foundation that lets
you try out new features before they are released for everyone. Think of it
as a digital laboratory where community members can preview upcoming
software and give feedback to help improve them. This special preference
page lets designers and engineers experiment with new features on a broad
scale, but in a way that's not disruptive.
One of the first beta features we will be testing together is Media
Viewer (2), which aims to improve the viewing experience by displaying
images in larger size and with less clutter than the current file pages.
This first version 0.1 is still in early stages of development, with many
known bugs, but we invite community feedback right away for this feature,
so we can improve it together in coming months. For a sneak peek at the
next version 0.2 of the Media Viewer, check out these first mockups. (3)
Beta Features and Media Viewer are now ready for early testing by
logged-in users on Wikimedia Commons (4), on Meta.Wikimedia.org
and on MediaWiki.org
(6). Based on test results, we aim to release these
beta features on all wikis worldwide on 21 November, 2013.
Here are some of the other beta features in our pipeline:
• VisualEditor Formulæ — edit algebra or equations on your pages (only on
• Typography Refresh — make text more readable (scheduled for first
release Thursday, 14 November) (8)
Would you like to try out Beta Features and Media Viewer now? After you
log in, a small 'Beta' link will appear next to your 'Preferences'.
on it to see features you can test, check the ones you want, then click
'Save'. After you've tested Beta Features, please let us know what you
think on this discussion page (9) -- or report any bugs here on Bugzilla.
You're also welcome to join this IRC office hours chat on Friday, 8
November at 18:30 UTC. (11)
Beta Features and Media Viewer were developed by the Wikimedia
Foundation's Multimedia team, in collaboration with the Design, Mobile and
VisualEditor teams. Along with other developers, we will be adding new
features to this experimental program every few weeks.
We are very grateful to all the community and team members who made these
projects possible — and look forward to many more productive collaborations
in the future. :)
Enjoy, and don't forget to let us know what you think!
[ 1 ] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/11/07/introducing-beta-features/
[ 2 ] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Multimedia/About_Media_Viewer
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[ 7 ] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor/Beta_Features/Formulae
[ 8 ] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Typography_Update
[ 9 ] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:About_Beta_Features
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