Wikipedia has rolled out a new look for its mobile site, which includes new fonts, a new layout and a new navigation system which were previously tested on its experimental Beta site. According to Wikipedia, the visibility improvements and new fonts should improve device compatibility and the overall reading and scanning experience.
If you access the mobile site now, you’ll immediately notice a vast improvement in overall looks. Compared to the previous layout, the new fonts are indeed much easier to read, and the increased line spacing and smaller number of words per line make the text more scannable. Along with bigger images and the new navigation system which you can access by tapping the menu icon on the top left, the overall experience is much improved. You can compare the old version on the left to the new version on the right and see for yourself.
While the new mobile site is available for all languages, the typography changes – those which are supposed to increase readability – are for Latin scripts only. Languages which use different scripts did get the new layout, but will get their own readability improvements in the future.
This is only the beginning for the mobile site, though. Through the Beta site, Wikipedia will continue testing new features such as uploading photos, viewing changes and even editing articles. If you want to be part of the testing, you can sign up as a Wikipedia Beta tester and get to try all the new features before they’re officially live.
Try out the new mobile site, and tell us what you think about it in the comments.
Source: Wikimedia Blog