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Update Wikipedia pages on the go with new mobile editing feature

Wikipedia has launched a new mobile editing feature, allowing contributors to easily update pages on the go.

The Wikimedia Foundation said it developed the update, as 15 per cent of Wikipedia users were already accessing the site through mobile devices.

This trend made it realise more had to be done to "let anyone with Internet access contribute to the sum of all human knowledge," as well as make it easier for editors to fix mistakes on the spot and encourage new contributors to get involved.

The first version of the mobile editor requires a Wikipedia account for trial purposes. Once logged in, users can simply click the pencil icon directly under the page title and start making changes.

The interface is currently quite simple and does not feature the same functionality as the desktop version. Wikimedia says this is because the focus was on ensuring version one worked on as many devices as possible.

"For our first release, our primary goal was to create a fast, intuitive editing experience for new users and experienced editors alike, while still sticking with markup editing for now. We started simple so we could observe our users' needs and expectations," reads a Wikipedia blog post (opens in new tab).

"We hope to learn more about the kinds of edits people make on mobile and build more advanced features, including possible Visual Editor integration, in future releases."

Speaking in London earlier this week, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales set out a series of site updates and announced that the 2014 Wikimania conference will be held in the UK capital (opens in new tab).

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