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

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Tue Dec 28 16:30:48 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
> editing.
> --vvv

Exactly, that's why someone should start over and create a fork which is
a wiki, quick and easy editing. I've, involuntarily, learned a lot about
coding though fooling with templates, but that is not what I came for.

Fred Bauder

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