The first step away from wikitext?

By Deane Barker on March 28, 2010

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.