TemplateSandbox will go live soon!

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From: Sumana Harihareswara <sumanah@wikimedia.org>
Date: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:51 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikitech-ambassadors] Template sandbox - new feature to help you improve & make templates
To: Coordination of technology deployments across languages/projects <wikitech-ambassadors@lists.wikimedia.org>

Update: I see that TemplateSandbox is now LIVE on Meta, Commons, and
the other non-Wikipedia WMF wikis!  It'll be going live to English
Wikipedia on Monday 3 December and all other Wikipedias on Wednesday 5
December.  Sorry for wrongly saying that it wasn't going live on most
WMF sites yet.

It'd be great if you could help by translating TemplateSandbox on
translatewiki https://translatewiki.net/w/i.php?title=Special%3ATranslate&taction=translate&group=ext-templatesandbox&language=ru&limit=100&task=untranslated
and by spreading the word about this new feature to template editors
in your community.  Thanks!

Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

On Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM, Sumana Harihareswara
<sumanah@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> "TemplateSandbox" lets you preview a page with a change in a template it
> uses.
> At the bottom of the edit form in the Template and Module namespaces, a
> new box will appear that allows you to preview other pages as they would
> appear if you saved the template/module you are currently editing.
> Example: try editing the sample "thank-you" template
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Template:Thankyou .  On the edit form,
> under the Save button, you'll see "Preview page with this template" --
> try User_talk:Example_user .
> Or, go to
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:TemplateSandbox
> and give it the "sandbox prefix" User:Sharihareswara (WMF)/sandbox and
> tell it to "render page" User_talk:Example_user .  You'll see the ugly
> changes I made to the template in my sandbox.
> More information at
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VPT#New_feature_needs_testing .
>  You can check this out in the new version of MediaWiki, now live on
> mediawiki.org, but until we have more feedback and improvements we
> aren't pushing it live on the other sites.
> We figure this will make it easier for people to hack on templates, and
> to develop new Lua templates to replace wikitext templates.
> --
> Sumana Harihareswara
> Engineering Community Manager
> Wikimedia Foundation

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