Submissions/Writing Visual Editor and Parsoid extensions

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This is an Open submission for Wikimania 2017 that has not yet been reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 3075 - TW
Title of the submission
Writing Visual Editor and Parsoid extensions
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
Author of the submission
C. Scott Ananian (en:User:cscott)
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
Although both VisualEditor and Parsoid contain extension mechanisms, they are not well-known or widely deployed. As a result, only very few mediawiki extensions generate output which is editable in VisualEditor.
This workshop will lead participants through the steps of creating a very simple tag extension, consisting of code for Mediawiki, VisualEditor, and Parsoid. The workshop starts where Submissions/Developing your minimal+functional MW Extension leaves off: the basic extension framework is augmented to add a simple parser tag, then we move on to write a Parsoid extension to render the tag data as HTML5 DOM, and finally write a VisualEditor extension to provide custom UI for editing the extension data.
Participants should be familiar with PHP, JavaScript, and HTML. We will concentrate on the big picture: what the pieces are, how things fit together and are deployed, how to design good editable representations for your extension's data, and how these representations can help bot and gadget authors (as well as enabling better editor UX).
Our goal is to empower extension authors and maintainers to create excellent editing interfaces using the VisualEditor framework so that our platform can better support the "long tail" of custom or less-widely-used extensions.
What will attendees take away from this session?
Attendees will learn how to add VisualEditor support for their extension, using Parsoid to encode their extension's data as editable HTML5.
Theme of presentation
Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
55 minutes
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