It’s been a long time coming, but the Wikimedia Foundation is finally on the cusp of rolling out its visual ‘WYSIWYG‘ editor for all Wikipedia users. Back in December, Wikimedia explained why, after all these years, Wikipedia still relies on Wikitext, a markup code that precludes many people from actively contributing to the world’s biggest online encyclopedia. However, the organization has been working on a WYSIWYG editor for several years, and it said it has been the “most challenging software project the Wikimedia Foundation has ever worked on.” If you’ve ever used WordPress, you’ll note there’s a ‘visual’ and ‘text’ editing mode – the former essentially means you don’t ever have to touch HTML, so anyone with basic computing skills can blog and self-publish. Thus, a visual editor will revolutionize Wikipedia.
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