Wikipedia has changed its navigation, search and editing features in an effort to improve the user experience. The search bar has been moved over to the top right corner of the page. Taking a cue from the successes of major search engines Google, Bing and Yahoo, Wikipedia has also spruced up its search suggestions. The new Wikipedia graduated from beta status one week after Google unveiled a brand-new search user interface.
Wikipedia launched a major redesign May 13, adding easier navigation, better
search and improved editing features after hard-core testing by a beta group of
Working under the theme "Vector," the Wikimedia Foundation User Experience
team improved navigation for reading and editing pages. Tabs at the top of each
page more clearly define whether users are reading or editing a page.
Collapsible navigation in the left sidebar hides items.
The search bar has been moved over to the top-right corner of the page.
Taking a cue from the successes of major search engines Google, Yahoo and Bing,
Wikipedia has spruced up its search suggestions.
Editing the articles in Wikipedia is an important chore and Wikipedia has
attempted to make the editing tool bar easier to use. Also, a table wizard has
been added to make creating tables easier. Another new feature, a link wizard,
lets users add links to other pages on Wikipedia or to pages on external sites.
There are some nifty cosmetic changes as well. The familiar Wikipedia
globe logo has been redesigned
in three dimensions and with letters
representing more than 250 languages from all over the world. Wikipedia also
now uses the open-source typeface Linux Libertine for the new Wikipedia logo.
The new PediaPress book creator lets those researching material assemble any
of the 3.3 million English Wikipedia articles into a printed book, PDF file or Open
Document word processing file.
See screenshots and details of the changes here.
a member of the Wikimedia Foundation User
Experience team, said the completed work
means "hundreds of millions of people around
the world will now experience an easier-to-use, and, more importantly,
easier-to-edit Wikipedia." The new interface will roll out to Wikipedia in
all its languages over time.
The new Wikipedia graduated from beta status one week after Google unveiled its new search interface,
which sparked protests from some users
comfortable with the classic
User opinions on the new Wikipedia were mixed, according to comments on
Komura's blog post. Some hate that the search box was moved
over to the top right.
Others find the new look refreshing.
Unlike Google's take-it-or-leave-it position with its new user interface, Wikipedia
is letting users who prefer the classic MonoBook interface "click on the
'Take me back' link at the top of the page to go back to the previous
interface," Komura said.
Read more about the changes on Techmeme here.