Wikipedia Will Undergo Fundamental Changes in April
Wikipedia will enact some changes to its user experience, including adjusting its default theme and introducing tools that will make its crowd-sourced articles easier to edit, in April, according to a posting on the Wikimedia blog. Deployment of those changes will begin April 5 on Wikipedia Commons, Wikipedia's media repository, followed by a rollout to Wikipedia in late April. Since its founding in 2001, Wikipedia has managed to amass a collection of 3.2 million articles in English, although controversy occasionally erupts about the accuracy of its crowd-sourced content.Wikipedia plans on making fundamental changes to its user experience in April, including changing the crowd-sourced reference Website's default theme and making pages easier to edit. The ultimate goal, according to the development team behind the project, will be to simplify the process of finding and adding information to both Wikipedia and its associated sites. In a March 25 posting on the Wikimedia Blog, published by the Wikipedia Foundation, Naoko Komura "and the Wikimedia Foundation User Experience team" detailed the changes to the Website's look and layout, which will include a new editing toolbar "that makes it easier to insert links and tables" and streamlined visuals.
"We've simplified the navigation, relocated the search box to satisfy user expectations and to follow other Web standards, reduced some of the clutter, and made sure that the new features work with different resolutions, browser formats and window sizings," the blog posting reads.