[Foundation-l] Big problem to solve: good WYSIWYG on WMF wikis

Victor Vasiliev vasilvv at gmail.com
Tue Dec 28 16:06:05 UTC 2010

I have thought about WYSIWYG editor for Wikipedia and found it
technically impossible. The main and key problem of WYSIWIG are
templates. You have to understand that templates are not single
element of Wikipedia syntax, they are integral part of page markup.
You do not insert "infobox template", you insert infobox *itself*, and
from what I heard the templates were the main concern of many editors
who were scared of wikitext.

Now think of how many templates are there in Wikipedia, how frequently
they are changed and how much time it would take to implement their


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