Wikipedia now allows you to preview pages before clicking on a hyperlink

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Wikipedia today introduced a useful new feature designed to help you avoid disappearing too deep into the internet’s burrows.

Whenever you hover your cursor over a link in an article on the Wikipedia website, you will now see a full overview of what is contained on the page behind the link. At first glance, this might seem like a trivial upgrade, but Wikipedia is one of the top five most visited websites on the web. with their original research. In fact, Wikipedia’s parent organization, the Wikimedia Foundation, calls this update “… one of the biggest changes to desktop Wikipedia in recent years,” according to one. blog post.

Now if you are reading about a specific topic and on this page an unknown object, place or person is mentioned, you just need to hover over the link to that topic to get a basic overview of what or who it is. acts. . If you want to know more, you can of course click on it.

Above: Wikipedia: page previews

This feature has been A / B tested for some time and first appeared in beta in 2015. It has been made available to all language versions of Wikipedia – other than English and French. ‘German – last year. German received this update last week, and now it’s added to the biggest language on Wikipedia – English.

It should be noted here that other third-party Wikipedia clients have been offering this feature for some time, including Wikiwand, which VentureBeat covered several years ago. Indeed, Wikiwand also offers page previews through its mobile app, so Wikipedia continues to catch up even after this latest launch.


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