Wikipedia redesigns for the first time in 10 years

Wikipedia announced on September 23, 2020 that it will 'change the design for the first time in 10 years.' Wikipedia explains why, 'The site's functionality is too complex for new users to understand.'

Wikipedia is getting a new look for the first time in 10 years. Here's why. – Diff

Olga Vasileva, product manager at the Wikimedia Foundation , which runs Wikipedia, updated the official blog on September 23, saying, 'For the past 20 years, Wikipedia has been widely used around the world for important knowledge. In the meantime, the Wikipedia site has expanded significantly, with 53 million articles written in over 300 languages and an unparalleled amount of reliable information. ' Said.

On the other hand, Vasileva said, 'In the last decade, the design of desktop Wikipedia and other projects of the Wikimedia Foundation has not changed substantially, and some of the site navigation is inconvenient and confusing for readers and editors. It remains in a state where it will end up. ' He said that Wikipedia needs to be redesigned, especially for new users.

In order to make Wikipedia an easy-to-understand site that anyone can use intuitively, the Wikimedia Foundation has been studying to strengthen the interface since May 2019. The main changes are as follows.

◆ 1: Logo
The logo at the top left of the page will be smaller.

◆ 2: Sidebar
The menu bar on the left side of the screen can be stored.

◆ 3: Move search field
The search field moves from the upper right to the upper left of the screen.

◆ 4: Language switching button
Previously, you could move to another language version from the link at the bottom of the left sidebar, but a switch button will be added.

◆ 5: Fixed header at the top of the page
The header with the search field and the link to login is fixed at the top.

◆ 6: Improvement of search function
Thumbnails will be displayed in the search results.

◆ 7: Improvement of user menu
The user menu that used to be side by side is now a pull-down type.

◆ 8: Expansion of table of contents function
If you have a table of contents for an article, you can easily open the table of contents while reading the article.

According to Vasileva, these changes will be implemented in stages, and if done as planned, all changes will be Wikipedia's standard specifications by the end of 2021, which marks the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia's founding. .. Please note that the above changes are for the desktop version of Wikipedia, and Vasileva did not mention the design of the mobile version.

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