Bug ID: 61822
Summary: VisualEditor: Improve the UX of the template editor
Component: Editing Tools
CC: jforres...@wikimedia.org, jh...@wikimedia.org,
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I find the whole thing to be rather confusing. It's much too technical. Also it
partially mixes the concept of ToC with that of a structure editor. It has some
widgets on the ToC (add template, add content, change order) and others inside
the editor (Add param, del param, del template). This is terribly inconsistent.
And makes you having to scan the screen too much.
Also by default it tries to introduce you to the concept of chained templates (
starttemplate, content, endtemplate ). Which is rather complex and often not
This needs serious work to make the usability much more consistent and
predictable. I would take the following into account.
1: Make a decision. Is it a toc, or a structure editor ? If the latter, then
put all structure controls in the structure editor. Otherwise avoid putting
them in there.
2: By default, don't show the buttons for chained/wrapping templates. Instead,
only add them if Parsoid assumes there is content wrapping happening. For new
templates insertion, make an addition to templatedata "openedBy, closedBy", and
only add the buttons if the template data says they are needed.
3: Keyboard control. I try tab key to move focus to the "Add template" button
next to the field. Seems this is captured by the UI, so I cannot move focus
that way. It seems I can only click the button. BAD... Also seems that the add
button and the delete buttons do not have a :focus state. Or rather, it seems
that buttons have focus state, but the focusable element is the <a> inside it,
so it doesn't really work.
4: The layout of the params view.. I don't know how to do it better right now,
but this needs work. too many lines/blocks, it's too cluttered. Do you need a
double line separator if you have a heading ?
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