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Tuesday, 10 July, 2018 UTC

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

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

Catch points. Photo by Chris McKenna (Thryduulf), CC BY-SA 4.0. We’ve replaced Tidy, a tool that fixes HTML errors, with an HTML5-based tool. Given an HTML5 library, replacing Tidy is pretty straightforward, but it took us three years to finally flip ... more


Monday, 14 May, 2018 UTC

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

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

Photo by Jennifer Brommer, CC BY 4.0. Darius Kazemi is an internet artist who makes bots—bots that mix headlines together and bots that make absurd flow charts and bots that buy him random items from Amazon each month. He also relies heavily on Wikipedia ... more


Wednesday, 9 May, 2018 UTC

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

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

Mockup by Nirzar Pangarkar/Wikimedia Foundation, CC BY-SA 3.0. Article text from Andromedia Galaxy and Spiral galaxy, CC BY-SA 3.0. Left image, CC BY 3.0. Right image, CC BY 2.0. A few weeks ago, we deployed the page previews feature to English Wikipedia. ... more


Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 UTC

How we designed page previews for Wikipedia — and what could be done with them in the future

How we designed page previews for Wikipedia — and what could be done with them in the future

Graphic by Nirzar Pangarkar/Wikimedia Foundation, CC BY-SA 3.0. The rabbit hole People love Wikipedia. People love Wikipedia for specific reasons. One of the popular ones, as explained by XKCD, is the author’s three-hour journey from the article on Tacoma ... more


Tuesday, 20 March, 2018 UTC

Pre-university students contribute to Wikimedia in Google Code-in 2017

Pre-university students contribute to Wikimedia in Google Code-in 2017

Google Code-in 2015 grand prize winners. Photo by Florian Schmidt, CC BY-SA 4.0. Google Code-in is an annual contest for 14–17-year-old students exploring free and open source software projects via small tasks in the areas of code, documentation, outreach, ... more


Thursday, 7 December, 2017 UTC

Think twice, code once: How Wikimedia shares common functionality across different projects

Think twice, code once: How Wikimedia shares common functionality across different projects

Laziness is a virtue to some. “I’m not lazy. I’m just… Incredibly efficient and economical.” Mockup, CC BY 2.5. Painting, public domain. Text by various contributors via Wikipedia/”Laziness,” CC BY-SA 3.0. Don’t repeat yourself The Android and iOS Wikipedia ... more


Tuesday, 7 November, 2017 UTC

How to design for low-bandwidth users: a conversation with members of Wikimedia’s Global Reach, Audiences, and Performance teams

How to design for low-bandwidth users: a conversation with members of Wikimedia’s Global Reach, Audiences, and Performance teams

Photo by Vaido Otsar, CC BY-SA 4.0. It has been five years since it first became possible to download a full text version of English Wikipedia through the OpenZIM format. In the intervening years, there have been many additional performance improvements ... more


Friday, 11 August, 2017 UTC

Honoring our friend Bassel: Announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship

Honoring our friend Bassel: Announcing the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship

Photo by Joi Ito, CC BY 2.0. On 1 August 2017, we received the heartbreaking news that our friend Bassel (Safadi) Khartabil, detained since 2012, was executed by the Syrian government shortly after his 2015 disappearance. Khartabil was a Palestinian ... more


Thursday, 15 June, 2017 UTC

Investigating a mysterious performance improvement

Investigating a mysterious performance improvement

Photo by USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab, public domain. Late last month, Jon Robson, a software developer at the Wikimedia Foundation , pinged me about a performance improvement that his team had noticed. On our mobile site, large wiki articles ... more


Monday, 10 April, 2017 UTC

Search: all of the new bright and shiny objects

Search: all of the new bright and shiny objects

Artwork by James Hayllar, public domain/CC0. Ever started searching for something on Wikipedia and wondered— really , is that all that there is? Does it feel like you’re somehow playing hide and seek with all the knowledge that’s out there? Wouldn’t ... more


Monday, 20 March, 2017 UTC

Get live updates to Wikimedia projects with EventStreams

Get live updates to Wikimedia projects with EventStreams

Photo by Mikey Tnasuttimonkol, CC BY-SA 4.0. We are happy to announce EventStreams, a new public service that exposes live streams of Wikimedia events. And we don’t mean the next big calendar event like the Winter Olympics or Wikimania. Here, an ‘event’ ... more


Friday, 17 February, 2017 UTC

Node 6 at Wikimedia: Stability and substantial memory savings

Node 6 at Wikimedia: Stability and substantial memory savings

Albatrosses are highly efficient in the air, able to travel hundreds of miles across the ocean in a single push, and live for up to 60 years. Node 6, the new Long Term Support release, is achieving slightly more modest feats of efficiency and reliability. ... more