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New search interface for link dialogue
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Description

As a new editor I want to see more information about pages so that I can choose the correct 1 to link to.

Problem: The existing search interface doesn't look like a list of articles on Wikipedia.
Based on usability testing, this is rated a 3 - Major usability problem: important to fix, so should be given high priority.
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor/Usability#Creating_a_link

View click-through prototype here http://invis.io/NP2TOI4GU

Title area of dialogue shows Link icon, "Link to page" and "External link". Clicking External link will take user to T76398

The search field will be filled with the text the user has selected to link.

The search items show:
Image thumbnail, article title, wikidata description
Article icon if no lead image
Indicate Redirect to [[article]] with redirect icon
Indicate disambiguation page with its icon
Empty page icon if redlink

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Jdforrester-WMF raised the priority of this task from to Needs Triage.
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KHammerstein renamed this task from Display illustrative images and WikiData descriptions for link suggestions to Links: Display illustrative images and WikiData descriptions for link suggestions.Dec 8 2014, 11:12 PM
KHammerstein renamed this task from Links: Display illustrative images and WikiData descriptions for link suggestions to Search interface for link dialogue.Feb 2 2015, 9:25 PM
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Jdforrester-WMF lowered the priority of this task from High to Medium.Feb 18 2015, 4:51 PM

For the option to create a red link, we may consider a language more related to the user action. So instead of "Page does not exist yet", we can label that option as "Link as a missing page" or something along those lines.

Jdforrester-WMF changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Mar 2 2015, 4:34 AM

Content Translation also need this component to enhance our link adaptation features, also for providing a better source article selector.

Is this currently planned as a reusable component so that other projects can use it? Is there any rough timeline for implementation?

Jdforrester-WMF changed the task status from Stalled to Open.Mar 20 2015, 7:23 PM

I have a WIP patch for a page selector widget at https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/195240/ - in case it helps.

Based on usability testing, this is rated a 3 - Major usability problem: important to fix, so should be given high priority.
Summary: Users don't realize that the link's search results are actual pages on Wikipedia.
2 out of 5 tested were able to link to a page with a title different from link text.
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor/Usability#Creating_a_link

Jdforrester-WMF renamed this task from Search interface for link dialogue to New search interface for link dialogue.Apr 29 2015, 3:26 PM
Jdforrester-WMF assigned this task to Esanders.
Jdforrester-WMF moved this task from Backlog to Doing on the VisualEditor 2014/15 Q4 blockers board.