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A new semantics for templates
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Description

Type of activity: Pre-scheduled session.
Main topic: Handling wiki content beyond plaintext

The problem

The current architecture of mediawiki entangles the markup language and the template mechanism. A more structured semantics for templates, organized around the HTML DOM structure of the resulting document, prevents common errors (like leading boldface out of a template), allows for more efficient page updates, and paves the way for alternative markup languages in the future.

Expected outcome

An agreement on refactoring template support out of the parser and a new template semantics, along with a roadmap towards achieving this long-term goal.

Current status of the discussion

A number of related proposals have been made, with consensus among smaller communities.

Event Timeline

cscott created this task.Nov 1 2016, 4:24 AM
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Can you add projects/tags related to the topics discussed, please?

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Racso awarded a token.Nov 18 2016, 3:12 AM
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This proposal seems to have enough interests, but there is no discussion so far. I am moving it to "on track" for now, but all pre-scheduled sessions are supposed to have ongoing discussions.

I'm proposing to include this in a merged session: T151950: Wikitext 2.0 Session at Wikidev'17.

@cscott Hey! As developer summit is less than four weeks from now, we are working on a plan to incorporate the ‘unconference sessions’ that have been proposed so far and would be generated on the spot. Thus, could you confirm if you plan to facilitate this session at the summit? Also, if your answer is 'YES,' I would like to encourage you to update/ arrange the task description fields to appear in the following format:

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To maintain the consistency, please consider referring to the template of the following task description: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T149564.