VE feature request: visual "tell" when editing
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Can something - perhaps a faint background color or an outline - be added to make clear when one is in editing mode?

Copied from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Feedback#Make_editing_view_more_distinctive_from_article

I like the visual editor, and I predict that more people will edit WP when it's introduced. However, there is one thing that bugs me: After I clicked the "Edit" Tab, the view of the article does change only slightly - so sometimes I do not know that I am already editing, especially when I scroll down the article. I'd suggest a visual hint: A modal popup, a slim outline of the editing area or a more distinctive design of the tool bar, for example. Mateng (talk) 12:00, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

Hear, hear! Perhaps a (faint) background colour? There needs to be some visual clue. JohnCD (talk) 12:17, 30 June 2013 (UTC)


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Mdennis-WMF created this task.Via LegacyJun 30 2013, 12:30 PM
Mdennis-WMF added a comment.Via ConduitJul 4 2013, 10:53 PM

Another editor suggests:

I think various editors have said this before, but I'm feeling tired right now and have found it more of a problem than usually: a page open in VE needs to look much more distinctive. Otherwise it would be too easy to forget to Save Page and then absentmindedly close the tab on a page of edits. (Especially when juggling several tabs because checking different pages - even more so because Navigation Popups don't work in VE!). Even the header bar is almost monochrome. Could we have something like a red line all the way down the left-hand margin? Perhaps it would need to be an option, as some people would hate it. But I'd certainly find it helpful and I know I'm not alone. PamD 22:00, 4 July 2013 (UTC)

Mdennis-WMF added a comment.Via ConduitJul 7 2013, 11:30 PM

Another related request:

It would be very nice to show changed text in a different font and/or color (or bg color), while editing. It helps seeing what you are editing. --Wickey-nl (talk) 09:34, 5 July 2013 (UTC)

Jdforrester-WMF added a comment.Via ConduitJul 15 2013, 1:44 AM

These are already covered by bug 48008 ("There is not enough UI difference between reading and editing mode").

  • This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 48008 ***

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