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In-line Editing: a New Approach to Editing Wikis

Posma, J.P. (2011) In-line Editing: a New Approach to Editing Wikis. Bachelor's Thesis, Computing Science.

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We present the concept of in-line editing pages in wikis; a compromise between editing raw wikitext and visually editing pages. This has the advantage of not requiring a formal grammar specification of the wikitext, a large problem for some wikis — including Wikipedia. Often, users of these wikis can only edit the raw wikitext, which makes editing a difficult task, especially for novice users who are used to visually editing documents. With the proposed interfaces, users can click elements in the page, and then edit the wikitext for these elements, instead of having to edit the wikitext of the entire page at once, which can be frightening at first. We present three different interfaces based on in-line editing, and we look at usability experiments done with these interfaces. We also present a way of generating these interfaces by leveraging the existing parser. We discuss an optimisation that allows for parsing only a part of the page when the user makes an edit, instead of having to parse the entire page again. We look at different ways of solving problems that arise when using our algorithm, such as the correct detection of editable elements, incorrect nesting that occurs after parsing, and resolving dependencies throughout the page. Finally, we consider ways of further improving this concept of in-line editing.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Computing Science
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:45
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:45

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