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Bug 27312 - Implement visual interface for changing the categories a page is in
Implement visual interface for changing the categories a page is in
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Interface (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on: 167 38785
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Reported: 2011-02-11 02:02 UTC by MZMcBride
Modified: 2014-10-07 03:49 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description MZMcBride 2011-02-11 02:02:02 UTC
Currently in MediaWiki, adding categories requires knowing obscure and esoteric code (as well as knowing which categories already exist on the wiki). This sucks. For geeks and other techies, it makes sense, but for regular people, they want to know why MediaWiki doesn't have a drop-down or suggestion system of some kind. And they want to know why they're required to manually type out the code and full category name, when plenty of other sites have features such as textarea tab-completion or auto-suggest or whatever else. The regular folks are right: a proper interface for adding categories is missing currently.

One option to resolve this bug might be to examine integrating something similar to HotCat (<>) into MediaWiki core. Other options will require more thought and development time. This is a serious interface issue, however, and I can't find any duplicates after a quick search of the database, so I'm logging this for now.
Comment 1 Quim Gil 2013-04-02 04:40:36 UTC
This is a very sensible feature request. Please consider listing it under to increase the chances of someone picking it up.
Comment 2 Krinkle 2013-04-13 04:07:05 UTC
Before someone is encouraged to work on something that will never be accepted by the community and/or the foundation. Be ware of existing initiatives (both on-going and completed ones).

* As mentioned by MZMcBride, the HotCat gadget is an established piece of code. The primary maintained version lives on Wikimedia Commons (other wikis load it from there).
  - [[commons:MediaWiki:Gadget-HotCat.js]]
  - [[MediaWiki:Gadget-HotCat.js]]

  Aside from being in popular use and being well translated, it is also
  actively maintained.

* A few years ago it was attempted to implement a visual category editor
  in MediaWiki core. Though it was taken out, I brought back the code as a
  MediaWiki extension. 


* The VisualEditor also intends to implement an interface to edit page
  meta data (such as categories). Given that VisualEditor is scheduled to be
  enabled by default (on some Wikimedia wikis) in July, and the expected path
  it will take from there, it may be best to discourage lots of investment
  in wikitext editing features as it will at some point go the background
  where a whole dedicated interface for just part of it is overkill and will only
  be used by a minority.
Comment 3 MZMcBride 2013-07-19 04:00:44 UTC
This bug may be a dupe of bug 167.
Comment 4 Quim Gil 2013-07-19 10:35:00 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> * The VisualEditor also intends to implement an interface to edit page
>   meta data (such as categories).

This is already implemented. It is under page settings (see also Bug 51153 - VisualEditor: Category interface is hard to find)

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