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Check out these new features and extensions kicked off at Google Summer of Code 2015

The last Google Summer of Code and Outreachy rounds are over. Take a look to the awesome projects completed and the the new features that you should keep an eye out for! For the first time, all Wikimedia projects that passed the evaluation were immediately deployed in production or Wikimedia Labs.

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Wikimedia developers from around the world met last month in Lyon, France, for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2015. To meet a few of them, watch this short video.

Developers gather in France for the 2015 Wikimedia Hackathon

Developers from around the world gathered last month in Lyon, France for the Wikimedia Hackathon 2015. Here are some of the highlights of this edition of the annual event, which invited coders to develop new features, software and tools to make editing and reading wiki projects more enjoyable and effective.

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A translation rally invites volunteers to localize technical messages for MediaWiki software

Volunteers from around the world localized tens of thousands of technical messages for open source software, in a translation rally hosted by Wikimedia Sverige during nine days in May. This triggered a four-fold increase in activity on the translation platform

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Improving the security of our users on Wikimedia sites

Wikimedia Foundation teamed up with iSEC Partners to assess the security of our sites and protect the privacy of our users.

Their engineers developed attacks against the current version of MediaWiki to identify security flaws, in a new report sponsored by the Open Technology Fund.

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How we made editing Wikipedia twice as fast

The creator of the wiki, Ward Cunningham, wanted to make it fast and easy to edit web pages. Cunningham named his software after a Hawaiian word for “quick.” That’s why the Wikimedia Foundation is happy to report that editing Wikipedia is now twice as quick. Over the last six months we deployed a new technology that speeds up MediaWiki, Wikipedia’s underlying PHP-based code. HipHop Virtual Machine, or HHVM, reduces […]

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Request for proposals: MediaWiki release management round 2

MediaWiki is the software that powers the Wikimedia project websites. It is not only in use by the Wikimedia Foundation but also by countless other organizations and groups. Last year, the Wikimedia Foundation started to share the responsibility of the long term management of the MediaWiki software project with the wider community….

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MediaWiki localization file format changed from PHP to JSON

Translations of MediaWiki’s user interface are now stored in a new file format—JSON. This change won’t have a direct effect on readers and editors of Wikimedia projects, but it makes MediaWiki more robust and open to change and reuse. MediaWiki is one of the most internationalized open source projects. MediaWiki…

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Modernising MediaWiki’s Localisation Update

Interface messages on MediaWiki and its many extensions are translated into more than 350 languages on Thousands of translations are created or updated each day. Usually, users of a wiki would have to wait until a new version of MediaWiki or of an extension is released to see these…

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Webfonts: Making Wikimedia projects readable for everyone

Wikimedia wikis are available in nearly 300 languages, with some of them having pages with mixed-script content. An example is the page on the writing systems of India on the English Wikipedia. We expect users to be able to view this page in full and not see meaningless squares also…

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Language Engineering Events – Language Summit, Fall 2013

The Wikimedia Language Engineering team, along with Red Hat, organised the Fall edition of the Open Source Language Summit in Pune, India on November 18 and 19, 2013. Members from the Language Engineering, Mobile, VisualEditor, and Design teams of the Wikimedia Foundation joined participants from Red Hat, Google, Adobe, Microsoft…

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