"Esperanto magical conversion" is a feature that automatically converts some character combinations, such as cx, jx and a few others to Esperanto letters such as ĉ and ĵ.
This feature was useful in the first years of Wikipedia when there were no smart and generic typing solutions, but by 2014 the input method functionality in the Universal Language Selector can do the same in a way that is more robust technically and more flexible to the user as well.
I already brought up the topic of replacing the magical conversion with ULS in conversations with several Esperanto Wikipedia editors, and there seemed to be general agreement to the step.
What is needed currently:
- More formal agreement of Esperanto wiki communities to doing this. Discussion pages in eo.wiki* projects should probably be used for that. The discussions can be held in Esperanto - Brion and I can read it.
- A technical approval from somebody who is familiar with the feature. For example, is it OK to just disable it, or should some conversion run on the the current data? There may also be other technical points that I am not thinking of now.
- ULS must be re-enabled by default, at least on these wikis.
- The community members should choose what should be the default keyboard layout. We have "h-f", "h", "plena", "q", "transliteration", "vi" and "x". If I'm not mistaken, the "x" system is the closest to the current "magical conversion", but the communities may prefer something different. (The will be able to choose another system, or to disable it altogether.)
Please add any other notes that I forgot.
(Related: Bug 21781.)