通过此功能，我们希望实现项目的两个主要目标。首先，我们希望使人们在阅读或编辑期间更轻松地专注于内容本身。其次便是强调重要功能，例如编辑和历史记录按钮、语言切换和搜索。 First, we would like to make it easier for people to focus on the content itself, whether during reading or editing. The other of these goals is to highlight important functionality such as the edit and history buttons, language switching, and search.
We performed a feedback round with a prototype of the collapsible sidebar with editors across multiple wikis. Editors were invited to explore the prototype and provide their feedback using a central notice banner. The majority of users who provided feedback liked the collapsed sidebar for personal use, and especially for the purposes of reading. Please read through our report for more details on feedback, concerns raised, and iterations.
A prototype of the sidebar was also tested with readers through a user study done in collaboration with an independent user testing firm, Hureo, based in India. During the course of the study, we studied readers unfamiliar with Wikimedia projects, as well as casual readers who use Wikimedia projects regularly. The tests were performed in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Marathi.
Readers reported a strong preference towards the collapsed version of the menu, stating that it created a better reading experience than the current version.
We will be publishing the full results of this study soon.
Once deployed, we are planning a series of quantitative tests on the collapsible sidebar which will help us determine the success or failure of the feature. In particular, we will be focusing on the following questions:
- Does introducing a collapsible sidebar lead to a significant increase to sidebar links?
- In what ways is the sidebar used? Do people have it open or closed for the majority of the time?