[Foundation-l] Why is MediaWiki so low-tech?

Tim Starling tstarling at wikimedia.org
Sat Jan 6 18:17:12 UTC 2007

Virgil Ierubino wrote:
> Why is MediaWiki so low-tech?
> I understand the imperitive for maximal accessibility, but is it not also
> true that, these days, fewer and fewer people are using browsers that can't
> handle advanced features? The fact of the matter is that a website's
> *usability* is improved by taking advantage of the higher-tech architecture
> that modern browsers allow you to use. Can't MediaWiki default to its
> current state, but offer a per-user preference to turn on advanced options?

We have several JS/AJAX features, and I have attempted to encourage the
development of more. See


The answer to your question is that we have far fewer developers (in
full-time equivalent terms) than Facebook, Flickr or any of the other
major AJAX-based sites. We will work towards improved client-side
functionality, but it could take years to reach the level of functionality
you're talking about.

-- Tim Starling

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