Wikipedia changes design for the first time in 10 years

Since May 2019, Wikipedia has been working to improve the desktop interface, focusing on

to bring content to the fore and simplifysite navigation. The goal is to create a more welcoming experience, regardless of the level of experience with Wikimedia sites, explains Olga Vasilieva, Lead Product Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation.

Upcoming changes to the desktop includeredesigned logo, foldable sidebar, table of contents, and more. A complete list of new features is available on MediaWiki. All changes will be phased in to ensure widespread user testing and feedback. If all goes according to plan, all improvements will take effect by the end of 2021, in time for Wikipedia's 20th anniversary celebration.

The first change, the collapsible sidebar,Allows users to collapse the long menu that appears on the left side of each page. This innovation helps the user to focus on the content itself, be it reading or editing.

The second change concerns the maximum widthlines of content on pages that focus on reading, such as article pages and talk pages. Studies have shown that limiting the width can reduce eye strain.

These are the first of many changes in a long and complex process, and there will be bugs, adjustments and iterations. We invite everyone who is interested in our changes to try them out and leave feedback.

Olga Vasilieva, Lead Product Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

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