In 2019, the German-speaking wikis selected “Make working with templates
easier” as the focus area of Wikimedia Deutschland’s Technical Wishes
project. Since then, our team has made improvements in different areas, to
help template creators as well as users of the wikitext editor and
VisualEditor. Our work on this focus area is coming to an end, so I’d like
to summarize what happened and lay out the next steps:
Two changes from our Templates project have been available on all* wikis
for a while already:
A new attribute “suggested values” was introduced to help you clarify
what values a parameter may expect. 
Line numbers are shown in the “Template” namespace when syntax
highlighting (CodeMirror extension) is turned on.  A few wikis have
these line numbers in _all_ namespaces. If you want this for your wiki as
well, please reach out to us.
Several other changes were deployed to a small group in the past months. A
big thanks to Catalan, Turkish, Greek, Malay, Twi, French, Hungarian,
Hebrew, Finnish, Dagbani and German Wikipedia, to English Wikivoyage and
Nauruan Wiktionary as well as Wikitech wiki for testing these changes and
giving feedback to help us improve these projects. These changes are now
coming to more wikis:
Finding and inserting templates will become easier with an improved
search (in the TemplateWizard & in the template dialog of VisualEditor and
New Wikitext mode). 
In VisualEditor, you’ll be able to remove a template from a page via the
context menu, just like removing a table or an image. 
In VisualEditor, the template dialog will become bigger and descriptions
will be more visible. 
When using syntax highlighting (CodeMirror extension)*, matching
brackets will be highlighted  and the color scheme will be updated
for better readability .
The planned deployment date for all of these changes is March 9 (and March
16 on English Wikipedia).
A few weeks later, we’ll be deploying the last improvements from our
For syntax highlighting (CodeMirror extension), a colorblind-friendly
color scheme will be added. You’ll be able to activate it via a user
A range of fundamental changes to the VisualEditor template dialog will
be deployed. They will make it easier to understand what is expected from a
template, to navigate the template dialog, and to add parameters to a
Feedback on all the projects is much appreciated on their respective talk
pages. Thanks a lot on behalf of the Technical Wishes team,
Johanna, Community Communications Technical Wishes
* All improvements in the CodeMirror extension, which provides syntax
highlighting, only apply to wikis that have the extension installed. This
is generally true for left-to-right language wikis, because unfortunately
the extension doesn’t work sufficiently for right-to-left languages yet
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