Brion Vibber <brion <at> pobox.com> writes:
Note that for Wikipedia that's not just going to
affect experienced editors
Very true! I think we have more inexperienced editors, and that's been a
product design focus for us for a while so I tend to make assumptions
based on that.
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?
Yep, that's my understanding. We have added custom editing tools for a few
home grown Wikia things but it's painful and requires modifications to the
Parser and I don't recommend looking at that code. :) One of the internal
goals was to make that easier and my understanding is it's been done. I
don't know the details yet, we are getting a full presentation on it next week
by the developer. For templates, the proposal just showed them
expanded/rendered in the page but read-only and I'm not sure if that's
going to be in the product or not. For tags, there are hooks that allow the
extension developer to put up a modal edit/design mode, and since those
are just simple HTML templates and ajax calls, it's a lot easier to develop.
An example of that is here (in the old editor, done the old way with an
ugly parser hack).