On Mon, May 2, 2011 at 3:40 PM, Owen Davis <owen(a)wikia-inc.com> wrote:
Hi, I work at Wikia (although I am relatively new and
I have only
made small modifications to the editor).
This basic criticism of
the design is true and is still the source of issues, but it's been
improving. I think another problem for experienced wiki editors
is the "sea of puzzle pieces" that happens when you edit a
complicated page, because it can't render templates (plus a
bunch of other things it can't render that show puzzles)
Note that for Wikipedia that's not just going to affect experienced editors
-- it will affect *everyone*, since just about every article includes
templates and tag hook extensions for references etc, and we strongly
encourage editors to make use of them liberally. It needs to be very easy to
create, review, and edit them.
This re-skin is feature identical for users, but for
developers it addresses the puzzle piece problem,
should allow us to more easily add custom widgets to render
particular extension tags. It's not in this first release but
we've also internally been experimenting with ways to render
templates in a more useful way than a green puzzle piece.
Do you mean that it doesn't yet provide any way to see and edit the contents
of templates and tag hook extensions, but that infrastructure has come in
which will make it possible in the future?