Technology

  1. Evolving the MediaWiki platform: Why we replaced Tidy with a HTML5 parser

    Three years ago, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Parsing Team decided to replace Tidy, a tool to fix HTML errors, with a HTML5-based tool. Here’s what we did in that time period, and what kind of complexities we faced in changing pieces of the technical infrastructure powering Wikimedia wikis.... Read more

  2. Interactive maps, now in your language

    Newly available on all Wikimedia wikis: embeddable maps that make the world a little easier to understand.... Read more

  3. Don’t panic! Build your own Hitchhiker’s Guide with Wikipedia

    Enter Kiwix, the offline Wikipedia reader.... Read more

  4. You asked, so we built it: Synced reading lists for Wikipedia’s Android and iOS apps

    Users on both apps can now bookmark articles, organize them into lists of articles, and share those lists across devices.... Read more

  5. Twitter bots powered by Wikipedia: An interview with Darius Kazemi, internet artist

    We wanted to learn more.... Read more

  6. Here’s everything we published from the design, development, and data process for the page previews feature

    As an open and transparent organization, most of our documentation is placed online, able to be viewed and emulated by anyone. Here’s a list of the documentation for one of our recently released features.... Read more

  7. Hello, my name is ________: Searching for names is not always straightforward

    Names can be surprisingly complicated. What you think of as “your name” is probably a constellation of variations on a theme—possibly with a few random bits and bobs mixed in for good measure. Names that travel across cultures, languages, or writing systems cause all sorts of additional complications.... Read more

  8. How a new data center in Singapore is helping people access Wikipedia around the globe

    To better serve the needs of users in the Asia-Pacific region, the Wikimedia Foundation has launched a new data center site deployment in Singapore.... Read more

  9. After hitting 300,000 translations, what’s next for our content translation tool?

    Volunteer community members have used our content translation tool to create over 300,000 articles, thereby spreading knowledge across language barriers. The tool has had already a positive impact in many Wikipedia communities, and now the Wikimedia Foundation’s Language team is working on a new and improved version.... Read more

  10. Why it took a long time to build that tiny link preview on Wikipedia

    The history of page previews.... Read more