Extension: VisualEditor

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Description: Is an editor you can use without having to enter special markup.
State: stable Dependency: MediaWiki
Developer: MediaWiki License: MIT
Type: MediaWiki Category: Editor
Edition: BlueSpice pro, BlueSpice free, BlueSpice farm, BlueSpice cloud Version: 4.1+


VisualEditor is a WYSIWYG editor that enables you to edit wiki pages without having to enter special markup (like HTML, wiki tags). The editor menu bar resembles those of commonly used word processing programs. The VisualEditor in BlueSpice is based on the extension VisualEditor, but extends it with numerous functions:

  • Support for many additional tags, such as diagrams.
  • Simplification of dialogues, such as the upload dialogue.
  • Easier integration of dynamic content and templates via the function ContentDroplets.
  • Drag'n'drop of images and files into the text.
  • Table functions, like background colours in cells.
  • Exit the editor with a security check.
  • Integration of the VisualEditor in other features such as in Forms or Social.

Technical information


Up to BlueSpice 3.2.x: The VisualEditor uses the Node.js service Parsoid. Because this service cannot be installed in some cases, this extension is deactivated by default. After successful installation and configuration, the visual editor can be activated as described.

BlueSpice 4.1.x+: VisualEditor no longer requires Parsoid. Therefore, VisualEditor is activated by default.

Rights (permissions)


VisualEditor requires BlueSpiceFoundation.


Test status: 2-testing complete
Checked for: Authoring tool
Last test date: 2022-08-04
WCAG level: AA
WCAG support: partially supports (workaround: yes)
  • most important keyboard shortcuts (e.g., to save a page, to format elements) are available, but not for all elements;
    • workaround1 : source editing
    • workaround2: e.g. Chrome browser: alt+F opens browers menu -> s (to go to search function) -> search for "Insert" and focus on Insert menu
  • high contrast mode toolbar icon support: starting mw 1.39 (see T180890) - not yet applied in BlueSpice
Extension type: core
Extension focus: editor