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Fwd: [Wikitech-l] [Wikimedia Tech Talks] New Season Begins: February 27, 2019 at 19:00 UTC

Pine W
I think that this tech talk might be of interest to content contributors on
some of the projects, including English Wikipedia where there has been much
discussion though the years regarding VisualEditor and related topics.

( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )

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From: Sarah R <[hidden email]>
Date: Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 5:17 PM
Subject: [Wikitech-l] [Wikimedia Tech Talks] New Season Begins: February
27, 2019 at 19:00 UTC
To: <[hidden email]>

I'm excited to announce the return of *Wikimedia Tech Talks!* Tech talks
are short presentations by and for members of the technical community. Tech
talks are intended to create better understanding about technical topics
related to our projects.

*The next Wikimedia Tech Talk, The long and winding road to making Parsoid
the default MediaWiki parser
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Tech_talks#Upcoming_tech_talks> by Subbu
Sastry, Principal Software Engineer, will be live-streamed Wednesday,
February 27, 2019 at 19:00 UTC*


This will be a talk in 3 (unequal) parts: (a) Parsoid history (b) Porting
Parsoid to PHP: the whys and wherefores (c) From here to Parsoid as the

Parsoid started in 2012 as a project to support Visual Editing and since
then has gone on to support a number of products (Flow, Content
Translation, Kiwix, and Android app). Given that (a) Parsoid's annotated
HTML output enables clients to infer things about wikitext without having
to parse wikitext, (b) the PHP parser cannot support Visual Editor and
other products, and (c) we cannot continue to have two parsers, it is
inevitable that Parsoid will be the default parser for MediaWiki. This has
been known since at least 2015 but while we are nearer to that goalpost, we
are still not quite there yet. In this talk, we'll talk about what else
needs to be completed, and what the porting of Parsoid to PHP means for
this goal.

YouTube stream for viewers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQGfuLP9MqA

During the live talk, you are invited to join the discussion on IRC at

You can watch past Tech Talks here:

If you are interested in giving your own tech talk, you can learn more

As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions!


Sarah R. Rodlund
Technical Writer, Developer Advocacy
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