Hi Sam,

We're glad you're using the Portal page more than usual and we hope that
with upcoming future enhancements, you'll continue to enjoy it!

For your first question - we are currently focusing on the wikipedia.org
portal page at this time. We have no immediate plans to update the
individual wiki's with this code but that doesn't mean that anyone in the
community can't use our code to update another wiki to use the meta data
and images as we did, in the search results.

For your second question, we actually have a ticket
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T129627> open to look for input exactly
like that. When a user types in a few words that are not in the language
that has been previously selected, we're hoping to be able to switch to
that "new" language on the fly. I agree that it'll be a very neat feature
for us to have on the portal!

Thanks for your input!

Cheers,

Deb

--
Deb Tankersley
Product Manager, Discovery
Wikimedia Foundation

On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 4:27 PM, Sam Klein <sjkl...@hcs.harvard.edu> wrote:

> I'm using the portal much more these days!  Two thoughts, a few days in:
>
> = Is there a way to turn on thumbnailing on the individual language wikis
> too?
>
> = Auto-suggesting language based on charset would be nice.  when searching
> in multiple languages I always forget once to switch to the target language
> and end up getting search results for kanji on he.wp or for hebrew on ja.wp
>
> Thanks, SJ
>
> On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 4:25 AM, Michael Jahn <michael.j...@wikimedia.de>
> wrote:
>
> > I've played around a bit. Feels very cool!
> > Michael
> >
> > 2016-03-11 3:27 GMT+01:00 Deborah Tankersley <dtankers...@wikimedia.org
> >:
> >
> > > Hello!
> > >
> > > I'm very pleased to announce that we've updated the Wikipedia.org
> > > <http://wikipedia.org/> portal page with a brand new search box that
> is
> > > more prominent and will now display meta data with images (as
> available)
> > in
> > > the search results (see attached image).
> > >
> > > This was a large effort by the Discovery Portal team to develop a
> > > JavaScript-only version of the language picker, so that JavaScript
> > enabled
> > > browsers will see all the new meta data. Alongside that effort, we also
> > > ensured that in JavaScript (JS) disabled browsers (or older Internet
> > > Explorer versions), our visitors won't have a bad experience when
> > choosing
> > > a language to search in. (Note: in older IE versions and JS disabled
> > > browsers, the type-ahead and meta data search results information will
> > not
> > > be displayed.)
> > >
> > > We also implemented a shorter language code (ie: EN for English, ES for
> > > Spanish, etc) to allow for more characters to be typed into the search
> > box.
> > > When a user toggles the language selector, the full language name will
> be
> > > displayed in the dropdown for easy finding of the language you prefer
> to
> > > search in. For the more technical minded - I've attached a screenshot
> of
> > > one of the ways we test our code, visually.
> > >
> > > We're interested in hearing your feedback or if you have any questions!
> > >
> > > On behalf of the very happy Wikipedia.org Portal Team,
> > >
> > > Deb
> > >
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