Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Categories/Case insensitive category search

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Case insensitive category search

  • Problem: When adding or editing content categories for an article using Visual Editor, the search is case sensitive. It is also sensitive to spellings from different dialects, e.g. Non-profit organizations vs. Non-profit organisations. This makes it hard to find and discover existing categories, especially when it comes to improving categorisation and adding categories to pages without any.
  • Who would benefit: All editors.
  • Proposed solution: Make the category selection search query case and dialect insensitive.
  • More comments:
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: WikiVillager (talk) 11:24, 17 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • @WikiVillager: "When adding or editing content categories for an article". There are multiple places and methods (4 editing toolbars, wikitext, HotCat) in which you can do that. Can you specify the one where you encountered the case sensitivity problem ? —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 14:57, 17 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @TheDJ: Sure - I click on Edit on a page > am in Visual editing mode > click on the Page options icon to the left of Publish changes... in the top right corner > click on Categories —WikiVillager (talk) 22:06, 17 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Ok. so what this sounds like to me, is that you don't want an autocomplete suggestion, but a search based functionality backed by the searchengine, which can ignore accents and case, find partial matches (match on presence of a word somewhere inside a long category name), fuzzy matching (spelling mistakes) etc. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 12:53, 21 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • down with case-sensitivity —Cramyourspam (talk) 15:02, 18 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Sensitive is significant in Wiktionary, this change have to be project-specific. Also, "spelling from different dialects" seems very English-centric, isn't it? Noé (talk) 22:12, 18 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I noticed that this also happens with punctuation - e.g. typing "21st century composers" will not return anything due to the missing hyphen between "21st" and "century", which isn't the most user or beginner friendly. —WikiVillager (talk) 23:58, 18 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • To ease navigation of the Editing category, I'm going to move this to the Categories category (yes a Category about categories!). Hope this okay, MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 00:46, 20 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]