Thanks for the kind words DJ.
I want to clarify that the Readers Web team stopped being the Mobile Web
team years ago, and doesn't only work on the mobile web extension and skin.
We do routinely work on a variety of projects and codebases depending on
our user and maintenance needs.
That said, we care a lot about mobile web users, and we do believe that the
skin and extension that half of the visitors use need to be future proof,
so we are very happy to have room to tackle this technical project.
I understand that there may be some preconceptions about this team from
previous times, but almost no one remains from those times.
We will do more efforts to explain what the pieces and their
responsibilities are going forward, so that the mobile web understanding
spreads and is shared by as many people as possible.
On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 11:05 AM, Derk-Jan Hartman <
I really like all of these goals, but I have to say
that many of them
seem to be a recurring theme (which to me is understandable, but maybe
not to others). I pose to you an additional challenge.. Don't do this
just to mobilefrontend/minervaneue. Do it to a component of core/an
extension as well (i'd pick something small, oft used, but not the
1. This will help expose you to any challenges that other parts of the
ecosystem have in following your direction.
2. It will show the way. Examples are good teaching methods.
3. A component that needs it, but might otherwise not get it, will get
4. It will close the mobile/desktop gap for whatever component you pick
5. it will close the mobile/desktop gap in general.
Because I think that if you don't expand on your target codebase, the
risk will be that you remain more isolated than you should be.
On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 7:40 PM, Joaquin Oltra Hernandez
Over the next fiscal year, the Wikimedia Foundation Readers Web team
making technical improvements to the mobile web
The project, which we’re calling ‘Invest in the MobileFrontend &
frontend architecture’, contained in Output 2.7
of the Platform Evolution
CDP , is currently in its specification and planning stages. The
of the project are:
1. Improve developer experience (on-boarding, maintenance, development)
2. Reduce technical debt and make production improvements
3. Separate presentation and logic
4. Make Minerva and MobileFrontend better citizens of the MediaWiki
MobileFrontend & MinervaNeue, which power the Wikimedia mobile sites,
heavy use of client-side UIs with templates, CSS
past eight years of developing a mobile-first wiki experience we have
and frontend technology has evolved. We will
improve and modernize the
bases to continue supporting our mobile web users
in the future. Please
Outcomes 1, 2 and 3 in the wiki page for more
Minerva will become an independent skin without a dependency on
MobileFrontend, and vice versa. Please see Outcome 4 in the wiki page for
Please visit the project page on MediaWiki.org
to learn more about the
outcomes and outputs, and share your questions. 
N.B. This project is distinct from “Output 3.1: Contribution tools on
web via an existing mediawiki skin” ,
described in the FY 2018-2019
Joaquin Oltra Hernandez
Senior Software Engineer, Readers Web
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