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Is it possible to edit text on mobile?

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Reading Wikipedia on mobile devices is pretty great, but writing has been problematic.

It's worse for Wikipedia than for more sites:

Only 20 percent of the readership of the English-language Wikipedia comes via mobile devices, a figure substantially lower than the percentage of mobile traffic for other media sites, many of which approach 50 percent. And the shift to mobile editing has lagged even more.

Just 1 percent of changes to Wikipedia articles in all the more than 250 languages are made via mobile devices; for example, since July, there have been 200,000 mobile English-language edits, compared with 20 million total edits.

The concern in the Wikipedia movement and among people who study it is that smartphones and tablets are designed for “consumer behavior” rather than “creative behavior.” In other words, mobile users are much more likely to read a Wikipedia article than improve it.

Smartphones are inferior writing tools:

Ian Bogost, professor of interactive computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, points to the still-ubiquitous signature — “Sent from my phone, sorry for typos” — as an indication that smartphones are inferior writing tools.

“Careful, long-form writing and editing on mobile is difficult at best, impossible at worst,” Mr. Bogost wrote in a message composed on his laptop from Geneva. “Think about Angry Birds: part of the reason it’s so popular is because it can be played by pulling a slingshot.”

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