Last modified: 2012-04-16 09:15:48 UTC
Wikimedia page prose contains many hyperlinks. Google.com recently added page previews when MouseOver-ing search results. Other websites provide popups on selected words, generally with a commercial theme. Wikimedia pages can contain several terms in the same sentence that may all require lookup.
e.g. from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_disease
H00-H06 Disorders of eyelid, lacrimal system and orbit
* (H00.0) Hordeolum ("stye" or "sty") — a bacterial infection of sebaceous glands of eyelashes.
* (H00.1) Chalazion — a cyst in the eyelid (usually upper eyelid)
* (H01.0) Blepharitis — inflammation of eyelids and eyelashes; characterized by white flaky skin near the eyelashes
* (H02.0) Entropion and trichiasis
* (H02.1) Ectropion
* (H02.2) Lagophthalmos
* (H02.3) Blepharochalasis
* (H02.4) Ptosis
* (H02.6) Xanthelasma of eyelid
H00.0 to H02.6 are all links. The first three are explicitly defined, perhaps giving the user enough info to not have to navigate away from the current page. To understand the last 6 items requires clicking the links.
Suggestion: Page links to show popup meanings or definitions of the source word(s) when user's mouse hovers over them. The information displayed would be a definition field that the author populates when s/he edits the page. This allows for more fluid intake of information, since page flipping to understand each phrase would be reduced.
Suggestion: Create a Wikipedia addon giving user context-sensitive right-click capabilities, such as the one described above. Another example: "Copy" or "Save high resolution image" might be offered when over a right hand side thumbnail. The higher resolution image that resides on a separate page would then be copied onto the clipboard or saved. Another time saver: select text, right-click and have option to "Search Wikipedia for <textselected>."
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*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 503 ***