Our intention is to put the language switcher on the same line as the article title, on the opposite side:
However there are currently various elements in and around that area. Here are a few examples:
|project||elements directly in area||other nearby elements||image||link|
|English Wikipedia||page indicators||coordinates, From Wikipedia... tagline||link|
|German Wikipedia||page indicators, audio icon, coordinates||–||link|
|French Wikipedia||page indicators, coordinates||–||link|
|Dutch Wikipedia||coordinates, audio player||–||link|
|Basque Wikipedia||page indicators||coordinates, quality score||link|
|Russian Wikipedia||page indicators, coordinates||additional edit links, From Wikipedia... tagline||link|
|Arabic Wikipedia||page indicators, coordinates, page issue icons||additional edit link, From Wikipedia... tagline||link1, link2|
|Swedish Wikipedia||page indicators, coordinates||additional edit links||link|
|Ukrainian Wikipedia||page indicators, coordinates||additional edit links, From Wikipedia... tagline||link1, link2|
Where do we put these elements?
So the question then is: if we want to move these elements to make space for the language switcher, where should we put them? And given the amount of inconsistency already present, can we move towards a more consistent approach to all of this article metadata going forward?
The table examples above are meant to illustrate the variety of elements that appear in a non-standardized way within that article header space. Also relevant is the space right below that (above the lead paragraph & infobox), which also happens to be an area with lots of non-standardized elements: page notices/hatnotes/page issues. This area is relevant because if we're going to move page indicators, coordinates, and other elements shown in the above examples, to a new location below the line, we need to be mindful of making a further mess in an already messy area of the page. There is consistency in the sense that all Wikipedia projects seem to use that area for the same types of elements (for the most part), but again the styling of those elements is all over the place. Here are a few examples of how that space looks with various notices:
A very organized approach would be to have some kind of clearly defined page template/consistent page layout that was used across all Wikipedias. Such a thing would help guide/determine which elements appear where on the page. For example:
However I'm concerned that something like this might be too ambitious for us at this time.
Establishing a more consistent, clutter-free baseline?
Part of what makes this challenging is the variety of elements that appear in an inconsistent manner across the various Wikipedias. Additionally some of the elements that are present may no longer be serving their purpose, or there might be a better solution to achieve the same goal. Do we want to have some conversations up-front with the communities about removing or modifying existing elements, in service of getting a more consistent, clutter-free baseline to work from? Candidates include:
- removing the From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia tagline found on several Wikipedias
- proposing a plan to merge the various protection/lock icons with the Edit button
- questioning the value of the coordinates links that appear on many articles
- discussing if a more prominent Edit button might make people feel comfortable with removing the additional edit links on the page
Goals of this task
- identify the various elements in and around that area
- discuss our options of where we can move them to and the associated complexity
- decide where we're going to move them to
need to fill in with notes about the language switcher on non-article pages.