Currently, it is not possible to have an empty list item, for example, in:
The middle list item will be removed. We (the parsing team) would like
to change that, since it is counter-intuitive and makes things
difficult for VisualEditor.
The challenge is that we suspect some templates are taking advantage
of the removal of empty list items, as a shortcut to omit a list item
when a parameter is empty. Such templates will have to be migrated to
explicitly omit the affected list items. So we are planning on
introducing logging and tools which will allow this problem to be
quantified and fixed.
A change was recently merged which causes empty list items to be
hidden with CSS, instead of removing them altogether. This change will
be deployed next week as part of the usual weekly release train. This
should not cause any visible changes. However it does enable
client-side tools to be developed which will show an article with
empty list items included, the way we imagine it will ultimately be
For more information, see:
-- Tim Starling
Community Tech will be dealing a lot with technology relevant to Wikimedia
editors. We figured we'd introduce ourselves here, hoping some of you might
want to help out connecting us with the communities.
We're a new team within the Wikimedia Foundation, focused on meeting the
needs of active Wikimedia editors for improved, expert-focused curation and
moderation tools. Making the lives of the people who spend a lot of time
taking care of the Wikimedia projects a little bit easier. This is a small
team: myself, Frances Hocutt and Niharika Kohli, with some support from
Johan Jönsson as a Community Liaison. We'll focus on tasks that can be
dealt with quickly and that will have a direct benefit for the core
community and might be overlooked by the larger WMF development teams.
To find our feet, we’ve mainly been knocking out bugs during the first
weeks. At the moment, we're looking at tasks from previous surveys to see
how we can benefit the communities. We are also working on developing a
good process for soliciting new requests from the Wikimedians we're
responsible for helping. As part of this effort, we have written up a draft
for a cross-project community wishlist survey that we would like to launch
within the next month or two. Please take a look at the draft, share it
with your communities, and let us know your thoughts on the talk page.
You can find more information, such as the scope of the team, a roadmap,
what we're doing and what we've done so far on our team page:
Engineering Manager, Community Tech
Hey ambassadors :)
It'd be great if you could help me spread the word on the projects
about this as their input for this is important.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Charlie Kr <c.kritschmar(a)googlemail.com>
Date: Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 3:41 PM
Subject: [Wikidata] Input requested for 'editing on a client' project
I'm currently working on a concept to improve the current editing
situation of Wikidata's data on a client (e.g. Wikipedia & co.) in
colaboration with Lydia Pintscher, in the scope of my Bachelor's
It would be very appreciated if you could add your input and comments
to the page below and pass this info to the other Wikis and their
editors since their input is crucial to this project.
Wikidata mailing list
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.