Wikipedia is getting a new look for the 1st time in 10 years

Wikipedia has been an integral part of web culture for nearly the past two decades. Letting millions of users across the world browse its 53 million-plus articles in 300 languages from their computer, tablet, or phone. And as the site has expanded significantly to contain unparalleled amounts of reliable and thorough information. Wiki on the desktop is getting an overall makeover for the first time in a decade to make the site more approachable for new users.

You can see all the proposed new features in this MediaWiki post, and there are also some animated GIFs which shows what these changes might look like. And personally, I really like how the new table of contents feature looks.

Wikipedia table of contents
This will make it much easier to navigate longer pages! | Pic Credit: Wikipedia

Some of the new features adding in Wikipedia

A collapsible sidebar is going to be the primary change to roll out this may allow users to collapse the menu on the left side of every page, to attenuate distractions, and limit irrelevant content and links on the left of your screen to form it easier to focus. The second change will be a maximum line width to content on pages where reading is the focus, such as article pages and discussion pages. The site will also add a simple one-click button to change the language for a page you’re reading.

Wikipedia will also going to improve its in-site search tool to make it easier to seek out other pages and can reconfigure the logo so that it views smaller on each Wikipedia page.

Wikipedia Collapsible Sidebar
Pic Credit: Wikipedia

Wikimedia Foundation, the site’s parent company, announced during a blog post that the changes will happen “incrementally over an extended period of your time ,” allowing users to check the new features before they officially roll out and provides them a feedback, but that it plans to revamp the whole look of the desktop version of Wikipedia by the top of 2021. It didn’t say whether the mobile version would receive an equivalent redesign.

Wikipedia under construction
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