Are You Ready for the New, Easier Wikipedia?: I’ve never been a fan of wikitext – or any other markup language for non-developers or designers. And I’ve always wondered how much wikitext has limited the editing population of Wikipedia.
[…] the most interesting change is how Wikipedia is making the page edit functions easier. A new toolbar will be provided which lets editors more easily insert links and tables and an included cheatsheet will help users access the most commonly used functions.
[…] Later this year, the site will see even more radical revamps to the editing process. This includes the following:
- Reducing the amount of wiki code users see in the edit system and making it possible to change data in tables and information boxes through simple forms.
- Cleaning up the edit page itself, to use more understandable language and get rid of confusing clutter.
I know they’re not completely embracing WYSIWYG, but this is a step towards that.