WMDE Technical Wishes

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Wikimedia Deutschland's Technical Wishes Project is an approach to identify and prioritize technical requirements from diverse users in a collaborative way. The Technical Wishes team aims to build new and improved features in MediaWiki.

If you want to learn more about our approach, how it all started and the way we work, read our white paper "Building tools for diverse users. Lessons learned from the Technical Wishes project" or this wiki page.

If you are interested in technical details, please visit the project on Phabricator.


Geoinformation (2020–2022)
How can the representation of geoinformation be improved? Our work will focus on making Kartographer work on wikis using Flagged Revisions.

More information can be found on the page of this focus area.


How can working with templates generally become easier? The following projects are currently planned. More information can be found on the page of this focus area.


Project on some wikis on all wikis
Bracket Matching
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planned for December 2021
Improved Color Scheme of Syntax Highlighting
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planned for December 2021
Line Numbering
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So far only for template namespace
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So far only for template namespace
Suggested values for template parameters
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Finding and inserting templates
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planned for December 2021
Removing a template from a page using the VisualEditor
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planned for December 2021
VisualEditor template dialog improvements
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planned for October 2021
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planned for December 2021
TemplateData editor improvements
  Cancelled
  Cancelled


Older projects
The Technical Wishes team has been working in focus areas since the survey 2019. In the 2013, 2015 and 2017 surveys, the dewiki communtity voted on on specific problems. The following resulting projects are or were being implemented by the Technical Wishes team.


Project on some wikis on all wikis
Book referencing
Making it easier to reference multiple sections from the same work in an article without naming the whole work for each reference.
  Cancelled
  Cancelled
Gendered categories
Show correctly gendered category names on biographical articles.
  Cancelled
  Cancelled
ReferencePreviews
Finding a solution that prevents users from losing the reading position when checking out a reference.
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Paragraph-based Edit Conflict Interface
The Paragraph-based Edit Conflict Interface aims to improve the current interface to resolve edit conflicts.
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FileImporter/FileExporter
With the FileImporter, locally stored files can be moved to Wikimedia Commons including the correct version history.
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RevisionSlider
The RevisionSlider adds a slider to the diff view, so that you easily can navigate between the revisions. As of May 17, 2017, RevisionSlider is a default feature on all wikis.
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Show text changes in moved text paragraphs
This project is about making changes within paragraphs visible in the wikitext on the diff page.
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Advanced Search
The Advanced Search extension is making hidden existing search options accessible for everyone.
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Footnote Highlighting
If a footnote is referenced multiple times, highlight the link in the footnote section that brings you back to your original reading position.
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Rollback
A confirmation prompt that prevents users from accidentally clicking the rollback instead of the thank you link.
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Tables in PDFs
Wish #9 of the German-speaking Technical Wishes Survey was adding tables to the PDF export
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Catwatch
Catwatch is a MediaWiki feature that allows users to view category membership changes in the recent changes and watchlists.
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Notifications about mentions
Notification about successful and failed mentions are two new notification types built within the Echo/Notifications-system
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RevisionSlider
The RevisionSlider helps editors to view edit summaries and the version history on diff pages.
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