I just recently merged a change  which changes the default version
of the "edithelppage" message, to point to
[[Special:MyLanguage/Help:Editing_pages]] on MediaWiki.org (Instead of
a help page on the local wiki). This message controls the target of
the help link shown at the bottom of the edit form. Note, this does
not include the link from the sidebar, only the link from the edit
page. The change is meant to make sure that the defaults in mediawiki
point to a reasonable help page.
If you have a customized editing help page set up on your wiki, and
you want to keep the link pointing there, simply create
MediaWiki:Edithelppage on your wiki. Many wikis already do this. (If
the page Mediawiki:Edithelppage actually exists, i.e. you can view its
"history", then the link will not be changed)
As of this writing, a list of wikis where the edit help page currently
is not customized, and hence will be changed is at
I wanted to highlight a couple things for you real quickly. Tuesday June
18th will be a busy day, feature-wise.
Both ULS (Universal Language Selector) and VisualEditor will be enabling
1) ULS will be enabled on the wikis listed below. For their full plan,
2) VisualEditor will be turning on an A/B test (only on English
Wikipedia) where half of all new accounts will get VE enabled by
default. This is to test stability, performance, and the feature set
before the larger roll-out currently planned for July.
Let me know if you have any questions!
----- Forwarded message from Greg Grossmeier <greg(a)wikimedia.org> -----
> Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:26:09 -0700
> From: Greg Grossmeier <greg(a)wikimedia.org>
> To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Development
> and Operations engineers <engineering(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: WMF Deployment Highlights - Week of June 17th
> Welcome to the latest edition of the weekly deployment highlights!
> The full schedule for next week is at:
> = Monday =
> * MediaWiki 1.22wmf7 will go out to all non-Wikipedia project sites (eg:
> Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikiversity,
> and a few other sites)
> = Tuesday =
> * ULS (Universal Language Selector) will be enabled on the following
> ** Portuguese (pt), Chinese (zh), Vietnamese (vi), Ukrainian (uk),
> Catalan (ca), Waray-Waray (war), Norwegian (Bokmål) (no), Cebuano
> (ceb), Finnish (fi), Persian (fa)
> * On Tuesday VisualEditor team will enable an A/B test, where half of
> new accounts created on English Wikipedia will get VisualEditor
> enabled by default. This is to test performance and features before
> the larger rollout in July.
> = Thursday =
> * MediaWiki 1.22wmf7 will go out to all Wikipedias
> * MediaWiki 1.22wmf8 will go out to test/test2/mediawiki
> If you have any questions, please do let me know!
> Have a good weekend,
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-------- Messaggio originale --------
Oggetto: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Language Engineering office hour on
2013-06-12 at 17:00 UTC/10:00 PDT
Data: Wed, 12 Jun 2013 17:43:10 +0200
Mittente: Siebrand Mazeland (WMF)
Reminder: This office hour will be in a little over an hour from the time
On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM, Siebrand Mazeland (WMF) <
> Event Details
> # Date: 2013-06-12
> # Time: 1700-1800 UTC, 1000-1100 PDT
> #IRC channel: #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net
> The Wikimedia Language Engineering team  invites everyone to join the
> team’s monthly office hour on June 12, 2013 (Wednesday) at 1700 UTC/1000
> PDT in #wikimedia-office. During this session we would be talking about
> some our recent activities and updates from the ongoing projects. The
> provisional agenda is outlined below.
> See you all at the IRC office hour!
> Siebrand Mazeland
> Product Manager Language Engineering
> Wikimedia Foundation
> # Introductions
> # Universal Language Selector - Phase 1 deployment was on Tuesday
> 2013-06-11 [2,3,4]
> # Universal Language Selector - Phase 2 and later
> # Q/A - We shall be taking questions during the session. Questions can
> also be sent to "siebrand at wikimedia dot org" before the event, and will
> be addressed during the office hour.
>  http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Language_Engineering_team
>  https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Universal_Language_Selector
>  https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Universal_Language_Selector/FAQ
>  https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Universal_Language_Selector/Design
Wikimedia-l mailing list
As before, the regular
progress on the VisualEditor (these are now weekly):
VisualEditor was updated as part of the wider MediaWiki 1.22wmf6 branch
deployment <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_1.22/wmf6> on Thursday
6 June. In the ten days weeks since 1.22wmf5, the team worked on new
features ahead of VisualEditor's launch as the default way users will edit
our wikis in beta.
The most noticeable change for users is that it is now possible to set,
edit and remove the categories that a page belongs to and it's "default
sort" key, as part of the new "page settings" dialog that can be opened
from the button on the toolbar. For now, this dialog covers categories and
a simple listing of language links, but will be expanded to cover other
"meta-data" like a page having the table of contents disabled, and
integration with Wikidata's language links system. Work also continued on
the other three critical areas ahead of the release - Templates, References
and Images - and we hope to release these in the next week or two.
The way that known browsers are supported changed slightly; browsers are
now only blacklisted if we know that they cause significant problems, like
Internet Explorer version 8 and below. If your browser is not known, you
will get a notice alerting you to this issue
We have added further support in our back-end for multi-character "grapheme
clusters", which means that wikis that use extended ("non-BMP") Unicode
characters can now work
The left and right arrow keys now move in the correct direction in RTL
environments (38546 <https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=38546>).
A complete list of individual code commits is available in the 1.22/wmf6
and all Bugzilla bugs closed in this period on Bugzilla's
If you have any questions, please do ask.
James D. Forrester
Product Manager, VisualEditor
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
jforrester(a)wikimedia.org | @jdforrester
On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 10:58 PM, Peter Coombe <thewub.wiki(a)googlemail.com>wrote:
> What is the rationale for moving ULS from the personal toolbar to the
> interlanguage links on some sites? I find this change odd:
> * makes location and appearance of ULS inconsistent between sites
> * personal toolbar seems the conventional place for per-account settings
> and tools
> * features it is replacing like WebFonts live in the personal toolbar
> * interlanguage links are something rather different, taking the user to a
> wholly different site
Thanks for asking, Peter. The options we considered are described in detail
When we tested the top-right position for language settings, it generated
confusion for users on wikis with inter-language links. The top-right area
was a new language-related area and they expected content language to be
changed from there. We were never really satisfied with the UI elements
that WebFonts and Narayam added, so those are implemented in Universal
In short, depending on the context, language selection may have different
* For contexts where the language of content can be modified, the language
list will be shown by default, and the trigger will contain a list of
* For contexts where the content language cannot be modified, the settings
view is provided instead as default. Since inter-language links are not
being initially replaced by the language selector for monolingual wikis
such as Wikipedia, the Universal Language selector will not be used to
change content language.
This Thursday (June 6th) we'll be migrating our image scaling
infrastructure to use a new backend software. The change shouldn't be
terribly noticeable to users. If you do notice any changes (for the
worse), please do let me/us know!
Currently we use the software ImageMagick to scale images (ie: create
different size versions of an image). ImageMagick has performance issues
for very large images. After testing we have decided to move to
VipsScaler, which is a set of image manipulation tools specially
designed for speed and low memory usage.
The extention that takes care of this, along with more information, can
be found at http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:VipsScaler
As always, let me know if you have any questions or if you run into
All the best,
| Greg Grossmeier GPG: B2FA 27B1 F7EB D327 6B8E |
| identi.ca: @greg A18D 1138 8E47 FAC8 1C7D |
Per this email I sent last week, we're shooting to set the new account
creation and login designs as the defaults for all remaining wikis soon.
For the wikis that have already gotten the new version, listed below, there
are already announcements and some fixups to local MediaWiki messages.
If you have questions about how to try this out now on your wiki, including
if you see red links that need fixing, there is comprehensive documentation
marked it as historical since for wikis that have it as default, it is
out of date, however, you can still use these instructions for testing on
any other project.)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Steven Walling <swalling(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Tue, May 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM
Subject: New designs for account creation and login rolling out gradually
to all projects
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Per our blog post last month, we've been testing redesigns for account
creation and login across the projects. We've been doing so on an opt-in
basis, but we've dealt with any major bugs and translations are complete
for quite a few languages.
Starting tomorrow and barring any last minute hiccups, we're going to start
rolling out the new designs. Right now we're limiting it to about 30
projects, including the following...
- Wikipedia in 21 languages, including English, German, French, Italian,
Polish, Dutch, Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Czech, Swedish, and others.
- In English: Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wiktionary,
- Wikimedia Commons
- MediaWiki .org
There are still local customizations that will need to be made in many of
these, but they are the kind of thing that doesn't require a developer to
do, just edits to the wiki. Look for announcements soon on your local
Village Pump equivalent for more info, or check out our
testing documentation. I'll be around to help any of these wikis that
don't have an admin handy to make requested changes.
The remaining projects we have held off on because there are localizations
still to be completed (on translatewiki) or there are problems with
localizations already finished. Since the work of localizations is never
100% complete however, we are putting out a hard *deadline of June 5th*,
after which we'll be turning on the forms for all projects, in all
languages. If you're interested in learning more about which wikis in
particular need help, please email me off-list or get in touch via my user
talk page anywhere.
Please speak up if you have any questions. You can still try these new
forms on any Wikimedia project via the method mentioned in the two links
P.S. Sorry if there are odd linebreaks in this message. Has anyone figured
out how to avoid this in Gmail?