VisualEditor

VisualEditor
Developer(s)Wikimedia Foundation and Fandom, Inc.
Written inJavaScript, Node.js, PHP
Operating systemCross-platform
PlatformMediaWiki extension
TypeWiki
LicenseMIT[1]
Websitewww.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor

VisualEditor (VE) is an online rich-text editor for MediaWiki-powered wikis that provides a direct visual way to edit pages based on the "what you see is what you get" principle. It was developed by the Wikimedia Foundation in partnership with Fandom.[2] In July 2013, it was enabled by default on several of the largest Wikipedia projects.[3][4]

The Wikimedia Foundation considered it the most challenging technical project to date, while The Economist has called it Wikipedia's "most significant change".[5] According to The Daily Dot, Wikimedia Foundation's pursuit of wider participation may risk alienating existing editors.[6] In September 2013, English Wikipedia's VisualEditor was changed from opt-out to opt-in, following user complaints,[7][8] but it was returned to being available by default (for new registered users only) in October 2015 after further development.[9] A 2015 study by the Wikimedia Foundation found that VisualEditor failed to provide the anticipated benefits for new editors.[10]

  1. ^ LICENSE.txt, VisualEditor source code repository
  2. ^ Andrew Webster (2012-06-22). "Wikimedia releases updated prototype for simplified visual editor". The Verge. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  3. ^ "Wikipedia:VisualEditor". Wikipedia. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  4. ^ Emil Protalinski (2013-07-02). "Wikimedia rolls out WYSIWYG visual editor for logged-in users accessing Wikipedia articles in English". The Next Web. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
  5. ^ L.M. (2011-12-13). "Changes at Wikipedia: Seeing things". The Economist. Archived from the original on 2013-06-09. Retrieved 2013-07-28.
  6. ^ Tim Sampson (2012-07-04). "Will Wikipedia's pretty new editing software solve its recruitment crisis?". The Daily Dot. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
  7. ^ Andrew Orlowski (2013-09-25). "Revolting peasants force Wikipedia to cut'n'paste Visual Editor into the bin". The Register. Archived from the original on 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference dd-kww was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ Forrester, James (2015-09-01). "Gradual availability of VisualEditor for new users is now complete". Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
  10. ^ Cite error: The named reference May2015study was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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