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Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. Translations are available.

Recent changes

  •  As part of the changes for the better diff handling of paragraph splits, improved detection of splits is being rolled out. Over the last two weeks, we deployed this support to group0 and group1 wikis. This week it will be deployed to group2 wikis. [1]
  •  All Special:Contributions pages now show the user’s local edit count and the account’s creation date. [2]
  • Wikisource users can now use the prpbengalicurrency label to denote Bengali currency characters as page numbers inside the <pagelist> tag. [3]
  • Two preferences have been relocated. The preference “Enable the visual editor” is now shown on the “Editing” tab at all wikis. Previously it was shown on the “Beta features” tab at some wikis. The preference “Use the wikitext mode inside the visual editor, instead of a different wikitext editor.” is now also shown on the “Editing” tab at all wikis, instead of the “Beta features” tab. [4][5]

Changes later this week

  •  The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and from 29 August. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 30 August. It will be on all wikis from 31 August (calendar).
  •  New signups for a Wikimedia developer account will start being pushed towards, rather than going via Wikitech. Further information about the new system is available.
  • All right-to-left language wikis, plus Korean, Armenian, Ukrainian, Russian, and Bulgarian Wikipedias, will have a link in the sidebar that provides a short URL of that page, using the Wikimedia URL Shortener. This feature will come to more wikis in future weeks. [6]

Future changes

  • The removal of the DoubleWiki extension is being discussed. This extension currently allows Wikisource users to view articles from multiple language versions side by side when the <=> symbol next to a specific language edition is selected. Comments on this are welcomed at the phabricator task.
  • A proposal has been made to merge the second hidden-categories list (which appears below the wikitext editing form) with the main list of categories (which is further down the page). More information is available on Phabricator; feedback is welcome!

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