Media Wiki Wave

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Presentation given at Wikimania 2009 Buenos Aires about the MediaWiki/Wave interface

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Media Wiki Wave

  1. 1. MediaWiki Wave The best of both worlds..
  2. 2. History <ul><li>Usability has always been important for us
  3. 3. Uniwiki extensions </li><ul><li>Is used by a bank we work for
  4. 4. Is of interest to Kennisnet </li></ul><li>We have been in contact with the WMF usability initiative throughout </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wave <ul><li>It brings together many of the best things of: </li><ul><li>E-mail
  6. 6. Wiki
  7. 7. Chat
  8. 8. Collaborative editing </li></ul><li>We like what it can do for the Wiki environment </li><ul><li>Real time collaborative editing
  9. 9. WYSIWYG </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. MediaWiki <ul><li>Is a brilliant multi lingual platform
  11. 11. It allows for collaborative content creation
  12. 12. it provides scalable low cost hosting
  13. 13. HOWEVER
  14. 14. New people have problems joining in the fun </li><ul><li>The edit window shows its age
  15. 15. The syntax of templates is horrible
  16. 16. The wikitext takes time to master </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. MediaWiki Wave project <ul><li>Our aim is to bring a more modern interface to Wiki editing </li><ul><li>Hide the Wiki syntax
  18. 18. Pop up objects when requested </li></ul><li>Provide real time collaborative editing </li><ul><li>Either in WYSIWYG or in standard mode
  19. 19. Synchronise what are effectively two Waves </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Project time-line <ul><li>Access to sandbox for development
  21. 21. Google workshop in California
  22. 22. Demo WMF Office, New York and Wikimania
  23. 23. Keep up with changes to API's
  24. 24. Test with 100 real time users
  25. 25. Provide Wave sandbox access to MediaWiki developers
  26. 26. This project will end end of September </li><ul><li>Demonstrates the versatility of Wave
  27. 27. It is not only about e-mail </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Show stoppers <ul><li>Internationalisation !!
  29. 29. Tables are not yet supported
  30. 30. Wave is still very much under development </li><ul><li>It is incomplete
  31. 31. Functionality is more important then performance
  32. 32. The sources for much of Wave are yet to be released </li></ul><li>HOWEVER
  33. 33. For the Wikimedia Foundation this is a lab project </li></ul>
  34. 34. Sources <ul><li>Google project: mediawikiwave
  35. 35. Blog: mediawikiwave.blogspot.com
  36. 36. Twitter: MediawikiWave
  37. 37. Forum: MediawikiWave
  38. 38. Made possible by:
  39. 39. Google.com
  40. 40. The support of the Google Wave team
  41. 41. The interest of the MediaWiki team </li></ul>

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