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Opening the door to a new look...a Wikipedia.org Portal Page Update

Deb Tankersley
Everyone who uses the wikipedia.org <https://www.wikipedia.org/> [1] portal
is familar with the look of the page: a beautiful puzzle globe encirled by
the top ten viewed languages; a long list with Wikipedias in hundreds of
languages that can all be read and explored; the search box that can make
queries in nearly any language; and a compilation of related Wikimedia
projects.


Over the last eight months, the Wikimedia Foundation's Portal team
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia.org_Portal> [2], part of the
Discovery
department <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Discovery> [3], has
been busy improving the discoverability of information within the portal to
make it more contemporary and easier to use.

To start, we’ve updated the search box. When you are entering a query, you
will now see images and metadata that correspond to your search
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia,org-searchbox_highlight-Aug2016_screenshot.png>
[4], and you're also free change the search language without leaving the
page.

We’ve also optimized the portal site, making it load faster by utilizing
smaller sized images and streamlining the page code.

A fairly inconspicuous change to the page will immediately detect your
browser’s preferred (or default) language and rearrange the top ten links
to display those languages first, along with the remaining top ten viewed
wiki’s by language, around the globe.

In this example
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWikipedia.org-globe-sorted-languages_screenshot.png>
[5], The Free Encyclopedia is displayed in Portuguese, since it is the
browser’s first preferred language and English is the second.

Here is a helpful site
<https://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-lang-priorities> [6] that
explains how to change your preferred language on various browsers.

We’ve also added sister project descriptions
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-sister-projects-text_screenshot.png>
[7], located in the page’s footer, which will hopefully spark curiosity as
to what a person might find when they visit those individual projects.

The look and feel of the long list of every available language wiki (sorted
by article count) has been modernized and placed inside an elegant drop down
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-language-dropdown_screenshot.png>
[8]. This new feature makes finding your language wiki a bit easier on the
eyes as well as providing easy access on any device.

We hope you enjoy using the new portal page! You can view a short video
<https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Wikipedia.org-new-layout_movie-Aug2016.ogg>
[9] that shows some of these new features.

*And, if you don’t quite remember what the old Wikipedia portal site looked
like before we made any changes, here’s a reminder
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-01Jan2016.png> *[10].

Cheers from the Discovery Portal Team!

[1] https://www.wikipedia.org/
[2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia.org_Portal
[3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Discovery
[4]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia,org-searchbox_highlight-Aug2016_screenshot.png
[5]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWikipedia.org-globe-sorted-languages_screenshot.png
[6] https://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-lang-priorities
[7]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-sister-projects-text_screenshot.png
[8]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-language-dropdown_screenshot.png
[9]
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Wikipedia.org-new-layout_movie-Aug2016.ogg
[10] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-01Jan2016.png


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Deb Tankersley
Product Manager, Discovery
IRC: debt
Wikimedia Foundation
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Re: [Wikitech-ambassadors] Opening the door to a new look...a Wikipedia.org Portal Page Update

Anne Gomez
Congrats portal team! Very cool to look at both the new and the old side by
side - the visual design is much cleaner, but more than that the
improvements to clarifying flows for the user is remarkable.

I particularly like the language detection from the user's browser
settings. That should help people get what they're looking for so much more
easily, while still giving them access to other languages if they'd like to
browse that way.

Congrats again :)





On Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 9:25 AM, Deborah Tankersley <
[hidden email]> wrote:

> Everyone who uses the wikipedia.org <https://www.wikipedia.org/> [1]
> portal is familar with the look of the page: a beautiful puzzle globe
> encirled by the top ten viewed languages; a long list with Wikipedias in
> hundreds of languages that can all be read and explored; the search box
> that can make queries in nearly any language; and a compilation of related
> Wikimedia projects.
>
>
> Over the last eight months, the Wikimedia Foundation's Portal team
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia.org_Portal> [2], part of the Discovery
> department <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Discovery> [3], has
> been busy improving the discoverability of information within the portal to
> make it more contemporary and easier to use.
>
> To start, we’ve updated the search box. When you are entering a query, you
> will now see images and metadata that correspond to your search
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia,org-searchbox_highlight-Aug2016_screenshot.png>
> [4], and you're also free change the search language without leaving the
> page.
>
> We’ve also optimized the portal site, making it load faster by utilizing
> smaller sized images and streamlining the page code.
>
> A fairly inconspicuous change to the page will immediately detect your
> browser’s preferred (or default) language and rearrange the top ten links
> to display those languages first, along with the remaining top ten viewed
> wiki’s by language, around the globe.
>
> In this example
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWikipedia.org-globe-sorted-languages_screenshot.png>
> [5], The Free Encyclopedia is displayed in Portuguese, since it is the
> browser’s first preferred language and English is the second.
>
> Here is a helpful site
> <https://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-lang-priorities> [6] that
> explains how to change your preferred language on various browsers.
>
> We’ve also added sister project descriptions
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-sister-projects-text_screenshot.png>
> [7], located in the page’s footer, which will hopefully spark curiosity
> as to what a person might find when they visit those individual projects.
>
> The look and feel of the long list of every available language wiki
> (sorted by article count) has been modernized and placed inside an
> elegant drop down
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-language-dropdown_screenshot.png>
> [8]. This new feature makes finding your language wiki a bit easier on
> the eyes as well as providing easy access on any device.
>
> We hope you enjoy using the new portal page! You can view a short video
> <https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Wikipedia.org-new-layout_movie-Aug2016.ogg>
> [9] that shows some of these new features.
>
> *And, if you don’t quite remember what the old Wikipedia portal site
> looked like before we made any changes, here’s a reminder
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-01Jan2016.png> *
> [10].
>
> Cheers from the Discovery Portal Team!
>
> [1] https://www.wikipedia.org/
> [2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia.org_Portal
> [3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Discovery
> [4] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia,org-search
> box_highlight-Aug2016_screenshot.png
> [5] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWikipedia.org-glob
> e-sorted-languages_screenshot.png
> [6] https://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-lang-priorities
> [7] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-sister
> -projects-text_screenshot.png
> [8] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-langua
> ge-dropdown_screenshot.png
> [9] https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Wikipedi
> a.org-new-layout_movie-Aug2016.ogg
> [10] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-01Jan2016.png
>
>
> --
> Deb Tankersley
> Product Manager, Discovery
> IRC: debt
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
> _______________________________________________
> Wikitech-ambassadors mailing list
> [hidden email]
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikitech-ambassadors
>
>


--
*Anne Gomez* // Reading Product Manager, New Readers
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/New_Readers>
https://wikimediafoundation.org/


*Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment. Donate
<http://donate.wikimedia.org>. *
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Steven Walling
On Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 9:39 AM Anne Gomez <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Congrats portal team! Very cool to look at both the new and the old side by
> side - the visual design is much cleaner, but more than that the
> improvements to clarifying flows for the user is remarkable.
>
> I particularly like the language detection from the user's browser
> settings. That should help people get what they're looking for so much more
> easily, while still giving them access to other languages if they'd like to
> browse that way.
>

Big +1. Doing automatic language detection is a big step forward. Awesome
work!


> Congrats again :)
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 9:25 AM, Deborah Tankersley <
> [hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > Everyone who uses the wikipedia.org <https://www.wikipedia.org/> [1]
> > portal is familar with the look of the page: a beautiful puzzle globe
> > encirled by the top ten viewed languages; a long list with Wikipedias in
> > hundreds of languages that can all be read and explored; the search box
> > that can make queries in nearly any language; and a compilation of
> related
> > Wikimedia projects.
> >
> >
> > Over the last eight months, the Wikimedia Foundation's Portal team
> > <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia.org_Portal> [2], part of the
> Discovery
> > department <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Discovery> [3], has
> > been busy improving the discoverability of information within the portal
> to
> > make it more contemporary and easier to use.
> >
> > To start, we’ve updated the search box. When you are entering a query,
> you
> > will now see images and metadata that correspond to your search
> > <
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia,org-searchbox_highlight-Aug2016_screenshot.png
> >
> > [4], and you're also free change the search language without leaving the
> > page.
> >
> > We’ve also optimized the portal site, making it load faster by utilizing
> > smaller sized images and streamlining the page code.
> >
> > A fairly inconspicuous change to the page will immediately detect your
> > browser’s preferred (or default) language and rearrange the top ten links
> > to display those languages first, along with the remaining top ten viewed
> > wiki’s by language, around the globe.
> >
> > In this example
> > <
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWikipedia.org-globe-sorted-languages_screenshot.png
> >
> > [5], The Free Encyclopedia is displayed in Portuguese, since it is the
> > browser’s first preferred language and English is the second.
> >
> > Here is a helpful site
> > <https://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-lang-priorities> [6] that
> > explains how to change your preferred language on various browsers.
> >
> > We’ve also added sister project descriptions
> > <
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-sister-projects-text_screenshot.png
> >
> > [7], located in the page’s footer, which will hopefully spark curiosity
> > as to what a person might find when they visit those individual projects.
> >
> > The look and feel of the long list of every available language wiki
> > (sorted by article count) has been modernized and placed inside an
> > elegant drop down
> > <
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-language-dropdown_screenshot.png
> >
> > [8]. This new feature makes finding your language wiki a bit easier on
> > the eyes as well as providing easy access on any device.
> >
> > We hope you enjoy using the new portal page! You can view a short video
> > <
> https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Wikipedia.org-new-layout_movie-Aug2016.ogg
> >
> > [9] that shows some of these new features.
> >
> > *And, if you don’t quite remember what the old Wikipedia portal site
> > looked like before we made any changes, here’s a reminder
> > <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-01Jan2016.png> *
> > [10].
> >
> > Cheers from the Discovery Portal Team!
> >
> > [1] https://www.wikipedia.org/
> > [2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia.org_Portal
> > [3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Discovery
> > [4] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia,org-search
> > box_highlight-Aug2016_screenshot.png
> > [5] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AWikipedia.org-glob
> > e-sorted-languages_screenshot.png
> > [6] https://www.w3.org/International/questions/qa-lang-priorities
> > [7] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-sister
> > -projects-text_screenshot.png
> > [8] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-langua
> > ge-dropdown_screenshot.png
> > [9] https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Wikipedi
> > a.org-new-layout_movie-Aug2016.ogg
> > [10] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia.org-01Jan2016.png
> >
> >
> > --
> > Deb Tankersley
> > Product Manager, Discovery
> > IRC: debt
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> >
> > _______________________________________________
> > Wikitech-ambassadors mailing list
> > [hidden email]
> > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikitech-ambassadors
> >
> >
>
>
> --
> *Anne Gomez* // Reading Product Manager, New Readers
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/New_Readers>
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/
>
>
> *Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment. Donate
> <http://donate.wikimedia.org>. *
> _______________________________________________
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