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Ideas for new or improved software features are collected together with the community via surveys. In 2017, a total of 450 Wikimedia contributors (twice the number as in the last survey) submitted, discussed and prioritised 188 technical wishes. 2017 saw the implementation of various features including an advanced search form that significantly improved complex searches within Wikipedia. Yet another wish that was fulfilled was the improved view for comparing two versions of Wikipedia articles. Changes to the text within added sections are now highlighted, making them easier to follow.

Software 450 Wikimedia contributors work together with us on our Technical Wishes project.

The new tools that were developed benefit more than just German Wikipedia contributors: They facilitate the work being done not only in the almost 300 different language versions of Wikipedia, but throughout all Wikimedia projects in all languages. Ideas that originate from the German language version of Wikipedia must be turned into features that can be used internationally. This means, for example, that they must work with languages that are written from right to left.

The most important tool for fulfilling technical wishes is still the contact we have with volunteers and listening to their needs. The weekly online discussion with the Wikimedia Deutschland development team, started in 2017, was very well received and enhanced the work done by all parties. We also work closely with the development teams at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco and exchange ideas on a regular basis. More technical wishes will be fulfilled in 2018 and new features provided that will make it even easier to work with Free Knowledge.

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