VisualEditor: Alternative way of editing categories, at the bottom of the page, similar to HotCat


At the moment adding categories (through "page settings") involves turning away from the actual content. This is a problem because a lot of categories are dependent on the actual content, which needs to be referred back to - birth or death years, college, etc, etc.

Suggestion is:

  • Show the existing categories in the standard skin location (at the bottom of the page, in Vector)
  • Make the categories editable there, in some way.

Original onwiki comments were archive 6

I can see categories when I read an article. I can see them below the editing paraphernalia when I'm in Edit Source. But in VE I can only see them by clicking "Page Settings", which (a) takes a click and (b) means I can't see any of the article content (eg the hard-to-remember-the-spelling district name, the birth date, etc which I might want to use in creating categories, having seen that they aren't already there). Please display the categories in or around the article, not just as "Page settings".

and archive 7:

I want to be able to see the categories when I've got an article open in VE: just as I can see them when reading the article, or when editing it in Edit Source. I don't want to have to click on "Page Data" to find out whether or not it's already got categories.

See also: T67518: VisualEditor: Category names cannot be edited

merged duplicates: T53153: VisualEditor: Category interface is hard to find and T71506: VisualEditor: Categories should be displayed at the end of the page

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Ironholds created this task.Via LegacyJun 26 2013, 4:06 PM
Jdforrester-WMF added a comment.Via ConduitJun 26 2013, 6:18 PM

We've discussed (but there's no bug for it - until now) duplicating the editing of categories in a box at the bottom of the article that would look similar to/the same as the category box in Vector (but with hidden categories shown, and inherited categories not shown). We'd have to properly design this, of course, so it may take a little time.

There's also a proposal to make the dialogs themselves smaller - bug 49549 - and draggable - bug 49969.

PamD added a comment.Via ConduitJul 7 2013, 11:06 PM

I've been told that [Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Feedback#Categories:_please_display_them_in_VE_-_not_the_right_bug my request] is covered by this bug, so I'll restate it here: please make the categories visible when I'm editing in VE. I can see them when I read an article, or while I'm editing in Edit Source, and I shouldn't have to click on "Page Data" to find out whether the article has been categorised or not.

PamD added a comment.Via ConduitJul 15 2013, 10:16 AM

To expand on my point of 07-07: if I'm stub-sorting an article which already has categories, a common technique is to look at a key existing category, see if it has a stub category, if not then go to its parent category, and onwards up the tree (particularly useful in biological taxa etc which are so hierarchic); another technique is to assign a broad stub category and then look at the sub-categories of the stub-category, as being much quicker than going to the full stub listings. Neither of these approaches is possible with VE - I have to either open the article a second time in another tab, or quit VE and do it in Edit Source.

Please just display clickable links for the categories while I'm editing the article in VE. Is it such a big ask?

Aklapper added a comment.Via ConduitJul 15 2013, 11:02 AM

pamdavies7: It is not "such a big ask" and the problem is well understood. This is an enhancement request with low priority because there are currently more important things to do, but this will be handled at some point.
In case you have a tech background, patches are welcome:

Krenair added a comment.Via ConduitNov 1 2014, 1:45 AM
  • Bug 69506 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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