Agreed! I actually made wikipadia.xyz to satisfy my own Wikipedia reading needs.
It's still a work in progress, but was really built as a simple reader for night reading (I invert the colours on my iPad, and use the Inverted setting to invert the images back. This makes for a lower light experience (including browser chrome).
Dear mother of God I have seen the light
Rowan, this is amazing!
You should try https://www.wikiwand.com/
Not a huge fan of its mobile experience; but the web extension is pretty superb.
Came here for this! Wikiwand is fantastic. Sample article
I find Wikiwand to be a jolly good way of reading articles on Wikipedia.
Wikiwand is the hot and fresh jam, but they just implemented a new feature in their Chrome extension where you can command/ctrl+click a word to go to the wikipedia entry most closely associated with it.
It sounds like a great feature, but in practice, I've found that it inadvertently activates a lot for me. I believe it also defaults to doing it on every page instead of just when you're browsing wikipedia.
I made sure to turn both of the options off when that update came through and would recommend others to do the same if it's an annoying experience for them because it's just an absurdly great experience compared to either official version of wikipedia.
More minimal UI which feels more tasteful? Yes. Much better experience? I need elaboration on that...
Yeah, I'm not sure I agree "just like that". I find Wikipedia pretty easy to browse as is. Perhaps I've just gotten used to it though.
If you use Chrome, there is an extension which switches you automaticaly to the mobile version anytime you go to Wikipedia:
I'm using it for 1 year. It works like a charm.
I wrote a Chrome extension for browsing Wikipedia's mobile version. https://github.com/karlerikjonatan/wiki-mobile
the Evernote Clearly Chrome extension was the best.
This is definitely an improvement on the desktop version which is very difficult to read.
My only comment would be the line length should be a little shorter for maximum improvement. I think the contents could be styled too, feels like it needs to be more of a self contained element.
Been adding .m to Wikipedia pages for over a year now.
Always a better reading experience.
I have thought exactly the same thing, so I made a script for greasemonkey/tampermonkey to do this automatically https://gist.github.com/phelma/45c111839dc96bc1456018a584791495
Sweet, thanks! Just grabbed it and modded the URL replacement to point to Rowan’s wikipadia.xyz, and now I’m dreaming!
I’ve been using Firefox’s keyword search to quickly search Wikipedia (and imdb), and this just leveled that up. Keyword search instructions here