*tl;dr: We'll be stripping all content contained inside brackets from the
first sentence of articles in the Wikipedia app.*
The Mobile Apps Team is focussed on making the app a beautiful and engaging
reader experience, and trying to support use cases like wanting to look
something up quickly to find what it is. Unfortunately, there are several
aspects of Wikipedia at present that are actively detrimental to that goal.
One example of this are the lead sentences.
As mentioned in the other thread on this matter
lead sentences are poorly formatted and contain information that is
detrimental to quickly looking up a topic. The team did a quick audit
the information available inside brackets in the first sentences, and
typically it is pronunciation information which is probably better placed
in the infobox rather than breaking up the first sentence. The other
problem is that this information was typically inserted and previewed on a
platform where space is not at a premium, and that calculation is different
on mobile devices.
In order to better serve the quick lookup use case, the team has reached
the decision to strip anything inside brackets in the first sentence of
articles in the Wikipedia app.
Stripping content is not a decision to be made lightly. People took the
time to write it, and that should be respected. We realise this is
controversial. That said, it's the opinion of the team that the problem is
pretty clear: this content is not optimised for users quickly looking
things up on mobile devices at all, and will take a long time to solve
through alternative means. A quicker solution is required.
The screenshots below are mockups of the before and after of the change.
These are not final, I just put them together quickly to illustrate what
I'm talking about.
- Before: http://i.imgur.com/VwKerbv.jpg
- After: http://i.imgur.com/2A5PLmy.jpg
If you have any questions, let me know.
Associate Product Manager, Mobile Apps
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Adam Baso <abaso(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 4:16 PM
Subject: Demo of offline in the Wikipedia for Android app
To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Hi all -
I wanted to share a cool demo with you recorded by Dmitry Brant from the
apps team at the Wikimedia Foundation. Dmitry demos an alpha version of the
app that adds support for offline ZIM files.
The feature will be undergoing some changes based on the research Dmitry
mentions. To learn more about the research Dmitry mentions in the video,
Hello mobile Wikimedians,
Just published to the App Store, version 5.6.1 of the Wikipedia app is now
available for download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wikipedia/
This minor update includes...
- fixes and refinements to the dark reading appearance, especially for
tables and complex templates
- fix for occasional crash while switching languages while reading an
- added swipe to share or save search results right from the search
- volunteer contributed Today's Featured Article Widget for the iOS
We've also been adding additional language support for "On this day" via
API updates. Recently added languages include Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
As usual, thanks to our testers and translators. And super thanks to
volunteer contributor GianmarcoMsalerno for the patch!
PM, Wikipedia for iOS