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Bug 503 - Create NavigationPopups extension
Create NavigationPopups extension
Product: MediaWiki extensions
Classification: Unclassified
Extensions requests (Other open bugs)
All All
: Low enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: 4408 7278 11205 18486 26512 28445 61585 (view as bug list)
Depends on: 61167
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Reported: 2004-09-16 01:35 UTC by Leah
Modified: 2014-07-31 05:03 UTC (History)
18 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Leah 2004-09-16 01:35:51 UTC
Freedictionary uses an interesting device in their mirrors of Wikipedia
articles: when the mouse is passed over a link, a box appears which contains the
first paragraph or so of the linked article.  This is much more useful than the
currently used hoverboxes.  Could this be integrated into MediaWiki?
Comment 1 Rob Church 2005-12-17 02:58:37 UTC
[[User:Lupin]] on En has some interesting and useful popups which do
this..."navigation scripts" I believe he calls them. Might be worth a look.
Comment 2 Rob Church 2005-12-29 00:19:00 UTC
*** Bug 4408 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Rob Church 2007-09-12 12:25:49 UTC
*** Bug 11205 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Chad H. 2010-04-19 11:03:29 UTC
This has existed for quite some time as a Gadget called "Popups" which Rob mentioned in comment #1 5 years ago. It's been ported to a lot of Wikimedia wikis by now as well. Resolving FIXED.
Comment 5 Chad H. 2010-12-30 19:07:50 UTC
*** Bug 18486 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Chad H. 2010-12-30 19:07:57 UTC
*** Bug 7278 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 7 Chad H. 2010-12-30 19:09:44 UTC
*** Bug 26512 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Happy-melon 2011-01-05 20:47:12 UTC
*** Bug 26587 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 Happy-melon 2011-01-05 20:49:02 UTC
As suggested in bug26587, it might be worthwhile to consider bundling Popups, or at least a subset of it, as core JS or a maintained extension.
Comment 10 Bawolff (Brian Wolff) 2011-04-06 23:03:47 UTC
*** Bug 28445 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Krinkle 2011-04-07 10:56:06 UTC
(In reply to comment #9)
> As suggested in bug26587, it might be worthwhile to consider bundling Popups,
> or at least a subset of it, as core JS or a maintained extension.

I'd opt for an extension for better integration and optimalization.

For example, the generated resources can include certain pieces of information by default in the output of elements which would otherwise take extra http requests to the api. And ofcourse internationalization and usage of mw.msg (translatewiki!)

Note that the current version of popups was developed a long time ago, by making it into an extension the popup-modules can become seperate files again (like they once were) and combined by ResourceLoader.

Since many people use popups (not just, porting to resourceloader and making it more integrated would possible save a noticeable amount of requests and bandwidth as well.

Also, it should probably be rewritten in a more object oriented approach (partially already is though).
Comment 12 Krinkle 2011-04-07 11:17:21 UTC
I'd like to take this on as a project and hope some people will join.

Basically we need the following (imho):
* Rewrite from scratch in a modular way in multiple files through ResourceLoader

* Use existing modules like jQuery, jUI and mediaWiki. library where appropiate (ie. for selecting elements, dom manipulation, query parameters, ajax requests with JSON callbacks ($.getJSON), getting user preferences (mw.user.options)

* Redesign (or design at all) a nice interface for the popups and the dropdown menus (right now it's mostly adhoc elements with proof-of-concept styling). This will likely make the interface more breathing and less 'tech-savvy'. We should also re-use core/skin styles/classes where possible (for example for errors and difference-views)

* Localization: No need to define all languages in the script and load for everbody. We can do this using the MediaWiki extension i18n system and use the known route via for translations which will likely improve translations and cause a wider usage as well. In addition this will also make it much easier to track which messages are yet to be translated and which messages need to be reviewed etc. (all part of translatewiki system)

* Independant from language, project or server. Should work in any language on any 'normal' MediaWiki install (English Wikipedia, Hebrew Wiktionary, but also wikis outside Wikimedia environment)

It would be great if some of the original developers of the gadget could join as well. Would probably be a fun project for them, and they probably know the codebase a lot better than me.
Comment 13 Kshitiz Sethia 2011-04-08 07:53:38 UTC
Hi, I have no prior experience in developing for wikimedia but would sure like to get involved in this popup gadget if it is being redesigned.

I am a B.Tech. Information Technology student from VIT University, India. I am currently doing my internship at eBay, India Development Center.

Please pardon me if this is the wrong place to post such a request.
Comment 14 Krinkle 2012-10-31 23:46:17 UTC
Don't wait for me to do this. Please anyone, take this :)
Comment 15 Matthew Flaschen 2013-05-15 05:10:06 UTC
I'm not certain we need an extension.  It seems like almost all these points could be addressed by bug 29272 (Gadgets 2.0).
Comment 16 Bartosz Dziewoński 2014-02-20 18:50:13 UTC
*** Bug 61585 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 17 Bartosz Dziewoński 2014-02-20 18:53:54 UTC
It's worth noting that Prateek Saxena and WMF people in general are now working on a reimplementation of Popups (bug 61167 tracks making that particular solution to this bug happen). There's some information and mockups (but not a lot :( ) available at and

Can someone involved will sum up the current status, pretty please? :)
Comment 18 Prateek Saxena 2014-02-24 03:45:35 UTC
I am currently working on the Popups extension with Yuvi's help. I am implementing the designs made by Vibha which can found here - The functionality is mostly done and I am working on solving some design related bugs ( I have raised issues for its review as well -


The design team is hoping to get it deployed as a Beta Feature by 6th March 2014. The repository for the same can be found here -
Comment 19 Matthew Flaschen 2014-07-31 05:03:01 UTC
Marking FIXED by

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