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Technical Update: May 13, 2014


The updated VisualEditor toolbar

Here are the latest technical updates at Wikia. Keep in mind that our system updates happen every Wednesday, so we're posting this on a Tuesday to give you advance notice. Also note that we change hundreds of tiny details every week, so these are just the highlights.

New Features

This week we have a bumper update to the VisualEditor, bringing with it lots of new features, bug fixes and performance tweaks - a combination of the work of the Wikimedia Foundation over the past few months plus additions from Wikia. Some of the most notable changes are:

  • The toolbar has been reorganised to improve feature discoverability and prevent it from breaking into two lines, and a keyboard shortcuts dialog has been added.
  • The template dialog has been simplified, and the media settings dialog allows for more customization. Additionally, simply double-clicking on a template or image will now open these dialogs.
  • The link dialog now separates out redirects when providing suggestions.
  • More options have been added to the page settings dialog, such as whether to show a Table of Contents.
  • Red links are now displayed as ... red links!

Major Bugs Fixed

  • A wikia's background could sometimes bleed through the center of the green global notification bar.
  • Article image alignment was broken on Uncyclopedia.
  • Reverting an achievement badges to the default would prevent any further changes to that badge's picture. (Thanks, Volunteer Developers)

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