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Wikitext 2.0 Session at Wikidev'17
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Type of activity: Pre-scheduled session.
Main topic: Handling wiki content beyond plaintext

The problem

We have a number of proposals on updated syntax and semantics for wikitext:

This 70-minute session will cover these four areas, outlining how wikitext syntax and semantics matter to ordinary developers and editors. We'll cover the big challenges and describe some solutions the parser team is currently implementing. Finally we'll set the stage for the future of wikitext: what is possible, what needs to change, and how we might get there from here. We'll close with more-speculative sketches of what wikitext may look like in a decade's time.

Basic format will be not-more-than-10 minutes on each of these four areas, then 30 minutes of discussion at the end with the goal of unifying them, identifying strong and weak points, and agreeing on next steps.

My expectation is that we can reach consensus on some DOM-based semantics, especially for templating. While we might not agree on future syntax directions, I hope to establish consensus on boundaries: what changes are likely/plausible/possible/disrupting/challenging/impossible.

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The tasks of the sessions merged should be merged to this task, right? This would avoid confusion with the Unconference plans (see T149282#2887647).

ssastry triaged this task as Medium priority.Jan 4 2017, 7:26 PM
ssastry moved this task from Backlog to In Progress on the MediaWiki-Parser board.

Let us talk once you have had a chance to catch up, but I don't think we should try to do all 4 things in this session. The spec discussion doesn't need too much time. I would like to focus my attention on T149282: Improved editability, tooling, reasoning, and performance by adopting DOM-based semantics for wikitext and T149658: A new semantics for templates fits right into that. So, I think we should think of this along 2 axes. What kind of changes to the underlying processing model are useful and what kind of changes to the syntax of wikitext could be considered. There are some overlaps there, but I think it would be beneficial to focus on those two focus areas: processing model and syntax. We can have followup breakout (unconference) sessions for in-depth discussions, if necessary.

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@cscott are there any actionable items from this session? If not should I close this task as resolved? lists some items (though no action items).
No idea if anything else needs to be turned into tasks, apart from those tasks already listed in the task description.
Assinging to @cscott as faciliator for followup.

Closing, assuming this task has served its purpose a year ago.