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Wikimedia engineering report, March 2014

Major news in March include:

  • an overview of webfonts, and the advantages and challenges of using them on Wikimedia sites;
  • a series of essays written by Google Code-in students who shared their impressions, frustrations and surprises as they discovered the Wikimedia and MediaWiki technical community;
  • Hovercards now available as a Beta feature on all Wikimedia wikis, allowing readers to see a short summary of an article just by hovering a link;
  • a subtle typography change across Wikimedia sites for better readability, consistency and accessibility;
  • a recap of the upgrade and migration of our bug tracking software.

Note: We’re also providing a shorter, simpler and translatable version of this report that does not assume specialized technical knowledge.

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Wikimedia engineering report, February 2014

Major news in February include:

  • a call for volunteers to test the upcoming multimedia viewer;
  • improvements to VisualEditor’s media and template editors;
  • the launch of the Flow discussion system on two pilot talk pages on the English Wikipedia;
  • the launch of guided tours to 31 more language versions of Wikipedia, including all of the top 10 projects by number of page views;
  • improvements to the tools and process used to deploy code to Wikimedia production sites;
  • the release of the first archive of the entire English Wikipedia with thumbnails, for offline use.

Note: We’re also providing a shorter, simpler and translatable version of this report that does not assume specialized technical knowledge.
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Wikimedia engineering report, January 2014

Major news in January include:

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Wikimedia engineering report, December 2013

Major news in December include:

  • a retrospective on Language Engineering events, including the language summit in Pune, India;
  • the launch of a draft feature on the English Wikipedia, to provide a gentler start for Wikipedia articles.

Note: We’re also providing a shorter, simpler and translatable version of this report that does not assume specialized technical knowledge.
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Wikimedia engineering report, November 2013

Major news in November include:

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Wikimedia engineering report, October 2013

Major news in October include:

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Wikimedia engineering report, September 2013

Major news in September include:

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Wikimedia engineering August 2013 report

Major news in August include:

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Wikimedia engineering July 2013 report

Major news in July include:

  • Giving more editors an easy-to-use editing interface (the VisualEditor) on several Wikipedias
  • Improving language support on our sites via summer interns’ projects and easier configuration options, and asking for help translating the VisualEditor interface
  • Enabling users to edit our sites from mobile devices, like phones and tablets, and announcing a future user experience bootcamp focusing on mobile editing
  • Finishing our transition from keeping source code in Subversion to storing it in Git
  • Launching a Wikipedia Zero partnership with Aircel, giving mobile subscribers in India the potential to access Wikipedia at no data cost
  • Updating the Wikimedia movement on how we intend to protect our users’ privacy with HTTPS
  • Signing a contract with longtime MediaWiki contributors to manage MediaWiki releases for the open source community
  • Explaining how we find and gather software problems and deliver the fixes to users

Note: We’re also providing a shorter, simpler and translatable version of this report that does not assume specialized technical knowledge.

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Wikimedia engineering June 2013 report

Major news in June include:

Note: We’re also providing a shorter, simpler and translatable version of this report that does not assume specialized technical knowledge.

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