[MediaWiki-l] Third-Party Users Wish List - Does Anyone Know of Existing/Experimental Solutions?

Maria Miteva mariya.miteva at gmail.com
Mon Jan 28 12:07:45 UTC 2013


Hi everyone,

I have been talking to some third-party users trying to learn more about
what they would like to see happening in MediaWiki in the near future. Here
is a list of the things on the wish list, with the ones on top being more
popular.

Please let me know if you know of an existing extension or another solution
for these problems,  if you are currently working on something similar or
would be interested to, or if you have any general comments/feedback you
would like to share.  I did some searching and included what I found but I
have no experience with the mentioned extensions so I am not sure how
relevant/stable they are.

1. WYSIWYG editor - VisualEditor is in progress !

2. Integrated access control: ability to hide some pages from the groups of
users. Fine grained read access in the wiki.
Some extensions that I found addressing the problem.
Extension:AccessControl
<http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:AccessControl>- has a security
disclaimer
Extension:Access_Control_Panel
<http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Access_Control_Panel>- an old
 beta
Extension:Access_Control_List
<http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Access_Control_List>- developers
site down

3. More modern skins included in MediaWiki or at least easier extension
development and maintenance.
Are there any skin suits you know of and would recommend?
Any good skinning resources ? e.g.
http://blog.redwerks.org/2012/02/08/mediawiki-skinning-tutorial/
4. The implementation of Semantic MediaWiki on mediawiki.org website in
order to manage easily extensions pages.

5. Wiki-markup editor for template gurus - with autocompletion, syntax
highlight, template parameters suggestions: more like markup IDE.

6. An easy way to share wiki content on social media services.
Extension:AddThis <http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:AddThis>  -
seems like a solution, any opinions?
Also:
Extension:Facebook  <http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Facebook> -
just Facebook
Extension:WikiShare  <http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:WikiShare> -
unstable version, seems like it's not worked on any more

7. Built in support for Google Analytics
Extension:Google_Analytics_Integration<http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Google_Analytics_Integration>(latest
version 2009)
http://karenfreemansmith.com/2011/02/10/adding-google-analytics-mediawiki/

8. Built in support for XML Sitemaps without using command line
Extension:GoogleNewsSitemap<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:GoogleNewsSitemap>

9. Built in support for Google Adsense in popular layout positions
Extension:Google_AdSense_2<http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Google_AdSense_2>

10. Easy way of gracefully retiring old tags (e.g. Google Maps extension is
no longer supported, replaced with Maps which has different tags)

11. Update to the documentation about creating a simple extension that is
XSS safe.

12. Mobile version for website that turns with MediaWiki   - this is in
progress
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mobile_support_in_MediaWiki_core

13. MediaWiki Core API.
"Not the HTTP-API but the set of PHP classes in the core that are less
likely to change in the next version. Core developers to think about
MediaWiki as framework with programming interfaces for extension
developers. All the changes in those interfaces have to be calm, with slow
deprecation. A role model for that is Python compiler."

Sorry for the long email and thank you if you made it here. The alternative
was to send many emails and I thought that would be too spammy :)  More to
come soon !

Mariya


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