Wikipedia has been an integral part of web culture for over 20 years – the online encyclopedia provides users with extensive information on topics of interest to them from any device with an Internet connection. And now, for the first time in 10 years, the online encyclopedia will get a new interface on the desktop, making Wikipedia more flexible and easy for users to understand.
Detailed information about new features and interface changes can be found in the MediaWiki publication. Here are some animated GIFs that clearly show the significant changes that the encyclopedia interface is undergoing.
The first visible change is related to the folding function of the side navigation panel; This change will allow users to close the menu on each page, thus minimizing obstructive fragments on the reading page. Also, the new interface will simplify the switching function between languages, which is presented as a new form button.
The new interface, along with everything else, provides a simplified search engine and a reduction in the size of the Wikipedia logo on each page, which will make the process of reading information on the desktop and finding the required article even more convenient.
The Wikipedia-owning company, the Wikipedia Foundation, writes in its blog that the changes will be reflected “over a long period of time”, allowing users to test new features before they are officially released. The upgrade of the desktop version of Wikipedia should be completed by the end of 2021.
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