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Define approach for expanding DiscussionTools `visual` mode toolbar
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Description

This task is about developing an approach for how we will consider adding additional tools to the New Discussion and Reply Tools' visual mode editing toolbar.

Ideas

"Additional tools" could mean support for the following:

Open questions

  • How should we determine whether additional tools should be added to the Reply tool's editing toolbar?
  • How – if at all – should the current design of the editing toolbar change to accommodate additional tools?

Done

  • The questions listed in the "Open questions" section above have been resolved

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ppelberg added a subscriber: Pbsouthwood.

Added "Quoting a content from a previous comment." to the ideas section of the task description in response to @Pbsouthwood raising the idea here: https://www.mediawiki.org/w/index.php?title=Topic:Vju7lfcav875rt8r&topic_showPostId=vk38ffdmuu4fm3z1#flow-post-vk38ffdmuu4fm3z1

Rather than buttons like B, or I, I would like to have a button to insert an image in the replytool visual mode toolbar. Inserting an image is much more common than inserting a table in a reply. for example to give someone a barnstar, that is a picture of such a thing.

Rather than buttons like B, or I, I would like to have a button to insert an image in the replytool visual mode toolbar. Inserting an image is much more common than inserting a table in a reply. for example to give someone a barnstar, that is a picture of such a thing.

@AdHuikeshoven, I've filed a task adding "upload image" to the Reply tool's visual mode: T257713.

To explain why we've kept the "Bold" and "Italic" tools visible for now, I'm copying over the response I shared on the project's talk page [i]:

I agree with – what I understand to be – the underlying point here that there may be other tools worth [i] exposing in the visual mode's editing toolbar.

With the above said, we think first and foremost it's important that people recognize the visual mode's toolbar as containing a set of tools to help people better represent the thoughts they have in their minds in a way others can see and understand. As such, we've been assuming that, for many people, "Bold" and "Italic" serve as effective signs for communicating to people something like, "Hey, this is where you can go to format the comment you are writing and add other things to it."


i. https://www.mediawiki.org/w/index.php?title=Topic:Vn76v83ev5b6bk7w&topic_showPostId=vnm1sr2t3eraro2w#flow-post-vnm1sr2t3eraro2w

For now, I'm de-prioritizing this task considering what – if any – adjustments we make to the tools that are exposed in the visual mode's toolbar should be made once the tool is more widely deployed and used.

I think that getting a Special characters item is important and increasingly urgent. This tool is beginning to reach more people whose everyday script doesn't use only basic ASCII characters.

After the multiline-comments RFC, we're probably going to want a Template inserter, too.

ppelberg renamed this task from Define approach for expanding the Replying tool's `visual` mode toolbar to Define approach for expanding DiscussionTools `visual` mode toolbar.Wed, Mar 31, 7:29 PM
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