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I wanted to give people an extra notice that we're updating the default
typography across all Wikimedia sites, for users of the Vector skin. This
was also mentioned in the last Tech News edition, and announced by Greg as
part of the deployment roadmap.
This will happen in the following order:
1. Test wikis and mediawiki.org tomorrow. That's Thursday, March 27th.
2. Non-Wikipedia projects on Tuesday, April 11th.
3. All Wikipedias on Thursday April 3rd.
If people have questions, there is a summary of the changes and an
extensive FAQ at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Typography_refresh. There
will also be a post at blog.wikimedia.org tomorrow morning, and we have
other messages to go out on-wiki.
Wikitech-l subscribers: you may remember an extensive recent thread that
mostly debated the use of non-free fonts like Helvetica Neue and Georgia as
the primary fonts in the new font-family settings. We took this feedback to
heart. Thanks to patches/testing led by Ryan Kaldari and Vibha Bamba, we
released a new version a couple weeks ago, which puts a set of fine FOSS
fonts first (say that ten times fast). For the curious, the relevant patch
is gerrit 120978.
On Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 4:01 PM, Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder <
> I strongly recommend requesting watchlist notices on the larger projects,
> set to run for at least a few days before and after the deployment. That's
> less disruptive than a CentralNotice banner, and it will reach many of the
> active users (the users who are most likely to be fielding all the
> questions about the change).
This is a easy request to fulfill... except for the translation issue. Do
you just mean English? Or the larger versions across languages? I can do an
English watchlist notice on our larger projects, but have never gotten
these translated before. Feel free to advise off-list.
I'll go ahead and charge forward with an English-language watchlist notice
to run at least a week before the change is live on most Wikimedia
projects. Erica, Jan, and others who do outreach to non-English communities
may be able to help as well.
Hi, just a heads up we have some new Beta Features rolling out soon, and
just launched a beta feature recently.
Just launched was the Compact Language list. This is the first version
and shows exciting possibilities. Please test it out and give feedback.
Soon to launch beta features include, Hovercards, Compact Personal
Bar, and Winter(fixed header). The "Flow" part of this announcement
is the clarification that future Beta features talk pages will be Flow
enabled from day 1. When a Beta feature publicly launches (goes from
labs server to mediawiki.org and then other Foundation wikis), or when an
existing Beta Feature recives a major update, e.g. Nearby, the talk page
will be Flow-enabled and any existing talk page content will be archived
and linked from the Flow board header.
We hope this allows for easier discussion about Beta Features, as well as
additional small scale conversations which the Flow team can use in order
to validate, test, and study the use of Flow to make sure it is on track,
and they are making the right product and design decisions.
I'm very excited about these upcoming Beta Features, and how they enable us
to get richer feedback from people when it comes to upcoming features,
tests and experiments though the Beta Features framework.
*  **https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Universal_Language_Selector/Design/Interlanguage_links
*  **https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Beta_Features/Nearby_Pages
*Jared Zimmerman * \\ Director of User Experience \\ Wikimedia Foundation
M : +1 415 609 4043 | : @JaredZimmerman<https://twitter.com/JaredZimmerman>