The Wikimedia Foundation has announced a major redesign of the Wikipedia user interface, the most significant in the last decade.
It is one of the ten web pages most visited in the world, and despite this, its design has barely changed in the last ten years. That, however, is about to change.
It’s about the first major design update in the last ten years, and as of today it will be available to the vast majority of users of the platform.
From the Wikimedia Foundation they assure that the update is designed to meet the needs of the new generation of Internet users, regardless of their knowledge of the network of networks. They explain that the new interface has been developed in collaboration with members of Wikipediaas well as volunteer readers and editors.
As the most important news of the update, Wikimedia cites four changes:
- improved search– Improved search experience that now leverages images and descriptions that make it easier to find articles on Wikipedia, leading to a 30 percent increase in user searches based on testing.
- Easier language change– More prominently placed language switching tools that enable multilingual readers and publishers to more quickly find their preferred language and switch between more than 300 languages.
- new header– Updated sticky header with commonly used links like Search, Page Name, and Sections that move with connected users as they scroll. This allows users to focus on reading and editing, and reduces scroll fatigue with user tests showing a scroll rate decrease of more than 15 percent.
- Improved Table of Contents: provides context about the article and the ability to navigate throughout the reading experience.
Apart from the main news, Wikimedia shares a publication with all the changes that have been carried out, illustrated with screenshots and animated images. They also take the opportunity to indicate that the new interface does not remove any functionality already present on the web, but only add tools with which to improve the experience based on the feedback of more than thirty different volunteers from all over the world.
The update is already rolling out on the English language Wikipediaand 94% of Wikipedia’s 318 language versions also have the new design already active.