- For the VisualEditor deployment at the English Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:VisualEditor.
- For changes made using the VisualEditor, see VisualEditor, VisualEditor: Check, and VisualEditor: Switched.
As of late 2014, it is available to all users here at MediaWiki.org and on about half of the Wikipedias. It is also available as an opt-in Beta Feature to logged-in users on most other projects, in all languages. VisualEditor is only available in some namespaces, including the main namespace (where this page is), but not in discussion namespaces.
The decline in new contributor growth is the single most serious challenge facing the Wikimedia movement. Removing avoidable technical impediments associated with Wikimedia's editing interface is a necessary pre-condition for increasing the number of Wikimedia contributors.
VisualEditor was updated as part of the wider MediaWiki 1.25wmf13 branch deployment on Wednesday 17 December. In the week since the last deployment, the team switched MediaWiki over to a new design for OOjs UI which affects VisualEditor, made some improvements to other tools, and fixed and range of bugs.
There is now a new design for VisualEditor, as led by the Design team and implemented by the team's members of the Front-End Standards group (T78054 via T76662 and many others). The find-and-replace controls introduced last week now have a "done" button to close it more obviously than pressing or clicking the menu control again (T77933). You can now use + + or equivalent to trigger a save, rather than just to open the save dialog (T76161).
The special character inserter now doesn't automatically capitalise the headings of each section, as that isn't appropriate in all languages (T78327). The media and reference dialogs now don't hard-code left-to-right as their directionality, but inherit it from the main document, which should improve the editor for RTL users (T71969). We fixed a bug that meant pressing in a dialog would also think you had pressed it in the editor and so try to close (T78201).
The "Edit Source" tab now doesn't hijack middle-click or other modifiers (T78546). We adjusted the media insertion dialog screen to layout items more cleanly in the centre of the window (T78050). We made further improvements to the handling of input as part of our work to support IMEs, removing some special handling around up- and down-cursoring. We also fixed a few merge glitches ahead of the deployment (T78180, T78335, and T78338).
The OOjs UI library had two new versions, 0.5.0 and 0.6.0, released, which VisualEditor and MediaWiki both now use. These releases were mainly done to include a large number of last-minute changes to the design, made as part of the preparations for the switch-over (T78029, T78030, T78031, T78032, T78033, T78034, T78035, T78036, T78040, T78042, T78043, T78047, T78048, T78052, T78082, T78085, T78169, T78173, T78177, T78178, T78199, and T78321). We also improved
PopupToolGroup to have a much better DOM structure (T78499, which fixed T78447 for RTL languages, and T74592 & T74640 for Internet Explorer users), fixed a bug in
ButtonWidget#setButtonElement (T78270), expanded
CheckboxInputWidget to support string values for static HTML use (T76645) and made the code to scroll elements into view be useful in more situations (T73609).
- You can see the team's current code dashboard on gerrit.
- Some level of exploration was done in 2010 by the Wikipedia Usability Initiative.
- The 2011 product whitepaper published by the Wikimedia Foundation's strategic product team identified rich-text editing as one of the "Great Movement Projects". Work subsequently started in May 2011.
- The 2011-12 Wikimedia annual plan, released July 2011, states a goal for VisualEditor: "First opt-in user-facing production usage by December 2011, and first small wiki default deployment by June 2012".
- The 2012-13 Engineering Goals document sets a timeline for VisualEditor's development and deployment up to the end of June 2013.
- The 2013–2014 Engineering Goals document lists the goals for that year.
- VisualEditor is scheduled to be deployed across Wikimedia projects over the coming months. Below is the schedule as of November 2014:
|Summer 2012||Phase 0||All users||Mediawiki.org||Done|
|1 July 2013||Logged-in users||English Wikipedia (en)||Done|
|15 July 2013||All users||Done|
|24 July 2013||Phase 1||Logged-in users||7 of the largest Wikipedias||Done|
|29 July 2013||All users||Done|
|30 September 2013||Phase 2||Logged-in users||27 of the next largest Wikipedias
Bulgarian (bg), Catalan (ca), Cebuano (ceb), Czech (cs), Danish (da), Modern Greek (el), Estonian (et), Basque (eu), Finnish (fi), Galician (gl), Croatian (hr), Hungarian (hu), Indonesian (id), Latvian (lv), Malay (ms), Neopolitan (nap), Norwegian - Nynorsk (nn), Norwegian - Bokmål (no), Sicilian (scn), Simple English (simple), Slovak (sk), Slovenian (sl), Turkish (tr), Ukrainian (uk), Venetian (vec), Volapük (vo), Waray-Waray (war)
|7 October 2013||All users||Done|
|2 December 2013||Phase 3||All users||91 Wikipedias with all characters normally directly available to users
Acehnese (ace), Aymara (ay), Central Bikol (bcl), Bislama (bi), Banjar (bjn), Chavacano (cbk-zam), Chechen (ce), Chamorro (ch), Cheyenne (chy), Corsican (co), Kashubian (csb), Zazaki (diq), Emilian-Romagnol (eml), Extremaduran (ext), Fijian (fj), Faroese (fo), Franco-Provençal/Arpitan (frp), North Frisian (frr), Friulian (fur), Scottish Gaelic (gd), Hawai'ian (haw), Fiji Hindi (hif), Haitian (ht), Interlingua (ia), Ilokano (ilo), Ido (io), Lojban (jbo), Kongo (kg), Kikuyu (ki), Greenlandic (kl), Komi-Permyak (koi), Ripuarian (ksh), Cornish (kw), Ladino (lad), Lak (lbe), Ganda (lg), Limburgish (li), Ligurian (lij), Lombard (lmo), Banyumasan (map-bms), Malagasy (mg), Maori (mi), Minangkabau (min), Maltese (mwl), Erzya (myv), Nauruan (na), Low Saxon (nds), Dutch Low Saxon (nds-nl), Novial (nov), Norman (nrm), Northern Sotho (nso), Chichewa (ny), Oromo (om), Pangasinan (pag), Kapampangan (pam), Papiamento (pap), Picard (pcd), Pennsylvania German (pdc), Norfuk (pih), Piedmontese (pms), Portuguese (pt), Quechuan (qu), Romansh (rm), Romani (rmy), Kirundi (rn), Aromanian (roa-rup), Tarantino (roa-tara), Kinyarwanda (rw), Northern Sami (se), Sango (sg), Samoan (sm), Shona (sn), Somali (so), Sranan (srn), Swazi (ss), Sesotho (st), Saterland Frisian (stq), Sundanese (su), Tongan (to), Tok Pisin (tpi), Tsonga (ts), Tumbuka (tum), Tahitian (ty), Tuvan (tyv), Veps (vep), West Flemish (vls), Kalmyk (xal), Yiddish (yi), Yoruba (yo), Zeelandic (zea), Zulu (zu)
|13 January 2014||Phase 4||All users||23 remaining Wikipedias with all characters normally directly available to users
Alemannic (als), Aragonese (an), Asturian (ast), Bavarian (bar), Belarusian (be), Belarussian Taraškievica (be-x-old), Bosnian (bs), Esperanto (eo), West Frisian (fy), Irish (ga), Javanese (jv), Latin (la), Luxembourgish (lb), Lithuanian (lt), Occitan (oc), Palatinate German (pfl), Romanian (ro), Scots (sco), Albanian (sq), Swahili (sw), Tswana (tn), Vietnamese (vi), Xhosa (xh)
|November 2014||All users||Tagalog (tl)||Done|
|27 November 2014||Logged-in users
|Available as a beta feature at the following projects (at all languages): Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wikivoyage and Wikiversity||Done|
|TBC||Phase 5||All users||53 Wikipedias with some characters not normally directly-available to users
(Provisional list) Abkhazian (ab), Afrikaans (af), Akan (ak), Anglo-Saxon (ang), Avar (av), Azerbaijani (az), Bashkir (ba), Samogitian (bat-smg), Bambara (bm), Breton (br), Buryat (bxr), Crimean Tatar (crh), Old Church Slovonic (cu), Chuvash (cv), Welsh (cy), Lower Sorbian (dsb), Ewe (ee), Fula (ff), Võro (fiu-vro), Gagauz (gag), Guarani (gn), Hausa (ha), Upper Sorbian (hsb), Igbo (ig), Inupiak (ik), Icelandic (is), Karakalpak (kaa), Kabyle (kab), Kabardian (kbd), Karachay-Balkar (krc), Komi (kv), Kyrgyz (ky), Lezgian (lez), Lingala (ln), Latgalian (ltg), Moksha (mdf), Meadow Mari (mhr), Macedonian (mk), Mongolian (mn), Hill Mari (mrj), Maltese (mt), Nahuatl (nah), Navajo (nv), Ossetian (os), Rusyn (rue), Sakha (sah), Silesian (szl), Turkmen (tk), Tatar (tt), Udmurt (udm), Venda (ve), Walloon (wa), Wolof (wo)
|TBC||Phase 6||All users||59 Wikipedias with complex characters inserted using Input Method Editors
(Provisional list) Amharic (am), Arabic (ar), Aramaic (arc), Egyptian Arabic (arz), Assamese (as), Behari (bh), Bengali (bn), Tibetan (bo), Bishnupriya (bpy), Buginese (bug), Min Dong (cdo), Cherokee (chr), Sorani Kurdish (ckb), Cree (cr), Dhivehi (dv), Dzongkha (dz), Persian (fa), Gilaki (glk), Gothic (got), Gujarati (gu), Manx (gv), Hakka (hak), Hindi (hi), Akan (hy), Japanese (ja), Georgian (ka), Khmer (km), Kannada (kn), Korean (ko), Kashmiri (ks), Lao (lo), Malayalam (ml), Marathi (mr), Burmese (my), Mazanderani (mzn), Nepali (ne), Nepal Bhasa (new), Oriya (or), Punjabi (pa), Pali (pi), Saraiki (Western Punjabi) (pnb), Pontic (pnt), Pashto (ps), Sanskrit (sa), Sindhi (sd), Serbo-Croatian (sh), Sinhala (si), Tamil (ta), Telugu (te), Thai (th), Tigrinya (ti), Uyghur (ug), Urdu (ur), Wu (wuu), Zhuang (za), Classical Chinese (zh-classical), Min Nan (zh-min-nan), Cantonese (zh-yue)
|TBC||Phase 7||All users||9 language variant Wikipedias
Gan (gan), Inuktitut (iu), Kazakh (kk), Kurdish (ku), Tachelhit (shi), Serbian (sr), Tajik (tg), Uzbek (uz), Chinese (zh)
Enabling VisualEditor by default for all users or for all logged-in users can be requested by contacting product manager James Forrester.
- Initially restricted to just the VisualEditor: namespace, later for all pages.
- Subsequently switched back to "opt-in" mode in September 2013.
- Subsequently switched back to "opt-in" mode in February 2014.
- German (de) and Dutch (nl) initially proposed, but withdrawn before full deployment due to community concerns.
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For more information on VisualEditor and its design process, see these directory pages:
- a VisualEditor demo page/sandbox
- Extension:VisualEditor (including installation instructions)
- Guide to hacking VisualEditor: VE gadgets
- Statistics: some are available at  (enter "visual" in the search bar, choose one and click "Visualize"), e.g. English Wikipedia hourly edits, visual editor vs wikitext (% by user group)
- VisualEditor monthly newsletter, focused on WMF wikis