Deployments

Hovercards now available as a Beta Feature on all Wikimedia wikis

Have you ever quickly looked up an article on Wikipedia, gotten all caught up in the fun of reading, then suddenly realized that three hours had passed and you’re now reading a series of articles about totally different topics? The folks at xkcd certainly have. And now, we’ve got just…

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OAuth now available on Wikimedia wikis

Over the past few months, engineers in the MediaWiki Core team at the Wikimedia Foundation have been developing Extension:OAuth. A preliminary version of the extension is now live on all Wikimedia wikis. OAuth allows users to authorise third-party applications to take actions on their behalf without having to provide their…

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The future of third-party releases on MediaWiki

MediaWiki, the software that powers the Wikimedia movement sites, is a remarkable piece of engineering. Not only does it support the very specific use cases of the various projects (Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource, etc), but it is also used by many other individuals and organizations spanning the entire range of…

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Buggin’ out! How the Wikimedia Foundation triages and fixes software bugs

Finding software problems As part of the Wikimedia Foundation’s mandate to operate the Wikimedia sites, a small technical team is responsible for maintaining the MediaWiki core platform, along with its features and extensions. The developers who maintain key software in the stack, improving and enhancing the functionality of MediaWiki, include people…

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What Lua scripting means for Wikimedia and open source

Yesterday we flipped a switch: editors can now use Lua, an innovative programming language, to generate sections of wiki pages on all our sites. We’d like to talk about what this means for the open source community at large, for Wikimedians, and for our future.

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New Lua templates bring faster, more flexible pages to your wiki

Starting Wednesday, March 13th, you’ll be able to make wiki pages even more useful, no matter what language you speak: we’re adding Lua as a templating language. This will make it easier for you to create and change infoboxes, tables, and other useful MediaWiki templates. We’ve already started to deploy…

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Try out the alpha version of the VisualEditor

Yesterday we launched an alpha, opt-in version of the VisualEditor to the English Wikipedia. This will let editors create and modify real articles visually, using a new system where the articles they edit will look the same as when you read them, and their changes show up as they type…

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Introducing Wikipedia’s new HTML5 video player

A new video player has been enabled on Wikipedia and its sister sites, and it comes with the promise of bringing free educational videos to more people, on more devices, in more languages.

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Wikimedia wikis reveal their interwiki map

Starting today, every Wikimedia wiki is revealing its interwiki map to the world, with the deployment of the Interwiki extension.

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First of many MediaWiki 1.20 deployments have begun

Wikimedia engineers have finished up the latest version of MediaWiki, the software that powers Wikipedia and its sister sites. We have begun deploying this version, labeled “1.20wmf1″, to all Wikimedia sites in stages. We started on April 10th and will continue until April 25th.

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