Wikipedia rolling out new look and features

Originally announced back in March of this year, Wikipedia today announced plans to roll out a new theme and several new features to improve the usability of the site.

In brief, the main things that will be rolling out in the next couple of days include:

  • Navigation: Tabs at the top of every page are now more clearly defined depending on whether the page is a discussion, reading, or editing page. Page design has been removed of extraneous clutter and will accommodate different resolutions, browsers, and window sizes. 
  • Editing toolbar: The editing toolbar has been redesigned for ease of use and accessibility. Editing pages should be much more intuitive with the change. Users should also see less wiki code and clutter for a better editing experience.
  • Link wizard: A new tool to make it easier to add links to external sites and other wiki pages. 
  • Search: The search box has been moved to the top right and search suggestions have been improved for faster access to desired wiki pages. “Go” and “Search” buttons have been combined into a single search button.
  • Other new features: A new table wizard for easier table creation and a find/replace function to help page editing.

Wikipedia has posted a FAQ with more information concerning the changes here. The rollout will first begin for English users and then trickle down to other languages and countries.

Users wanting to try the new beta can do so here. (requires log-in)

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If they add the feature: 'Accurate and unbiased information' they've got a winner. I shudder to think that most schoolpapers are now rehashes of the mess of disinformation now current on Wikipedia. Soon there'll be a whole generation who's total intellectual bagage consists of the crap found there.

Every school I've ever heard of will not accept Wikipedia as a source at all.
I agree it's not the best to base a school paper off of, but if you just want to find out about something quickly it's definitely a good place to start.

I think they should use the "WikiClean: Minimal + Readable" style on userstyles.org and use it as a starting point. Its a really neat UI.

I've still got my 29 book collection encyclopedia with an additional 2 books for dictionaries. I haven't used them for a long long time but they look really nice on the bookshelf. Damn you internet!

Jose_49 said,
Bye bye, little encyclopedia (Located behind the globe), "I'll miss you"

Little?? What kind of globe did you have that could fit an entire encyclopedia behind it? For me it always took up an entire book shelf. Still have it actually, 1988 edition, haven't seen much point in updating it, probably never will.

sphbecker said,

Little?? What kind of globe did you have that could fit an entire encyclopedia behind it? For me it always took up an entire book shelf. Still have it actually, 1988 edition, haven't seen much point in updating it, probably never will.

Mine is a 1985 encyclopedia set, 29 volumes, my parents bought shortly before I was born. I've been using it since I could read, still do if I don't have a computer handy.