Hello. I wanted to give you an update about the Desktop Improvements project, also known as the Vector 2022 skin (see what it looks like on a random page of Spanish Wikipedia). The Wikimedia Foundation Web team has been working on it for the past few years. Our work is almost finished!
We would love to see these improvements become the default for readers and editors across all wikis. In the coming weeks, we will begin conversations on more wikis, including the largest ones, such as English-, Spanish-, and German-language Wikipedias. We will gladly read your suggestions!
About the project
The goals of the project are to make the interface more welcoming and comfortable for readers and useful for advanced users. The project consists of a series of feature improvements which make it easier to read and learn, navigate within the page, search, switch between languages, use article tabs and the user menu, and more.
The improvements are already visible by default for readers and editors on more than 30 wikis, including Wikipedias in French, Portuguese, and Persian. The changes apply to the Vector skin only. Monobook or Timeless users will not see any difference.
The newest features
- Table of contents - our version is easier to reach, gain context of the page, and navigate throughout the page without needing to scroll. It is currently tested across our pilot wikis. It is also available for editors who have opted into the Vector 2022 skin.
- Page tools - now, there are two types of links in the sidebar. There are actions and tools for individual pages (like Related changes) and links of the wiki-wide nature (like Recent changes). We are going to separate these into two intuitive menus.
How to enable the improvements
- It is possible to opt-in individually in the appearance tab within the preferences by selecting “Vector (2022)”. Also, it is possible to opt-in on all wikis using the global preferences.
- On wikis where the changes are visible by default for all, logged-in users can always opt-out to the Legacy Vector. There is an easily accessible link in the sidebar of the new Vector.
Learn more and join our events
If you would like to follow the progress of our project, you can subscribe to our newsletter. You can read the pages of the project, check our FAQ, write on the project talk page, and join an online meeting with us.