Tag Archives: Language support

New language stuff for developers and users

MLEB 2013.01 has been released by Amir Aharoni. Lots of development has been happening in Translate due to the work on the new translation interfaces. If you are a developer, please also checkout the latest new and changed Web APIs and give us a shout in #mediawiki-i18n @freenode if you see something obviously wrong or missing. Also included in this release are bug fixes for Universal Language Selector, while the other included extensions didn’t see many changes.

Some months ago I wrote about Language tag validation in MediaWiki. A nice person named Siebrand Mazeland decided to improve the situation. As of now we have three new methods developed by the Wikimedia Language engineering team:

  • isSupportedLanguage
  • isWellFormedLanguageTag
  • isKnownLanguageTag

Unless these methods are backported to MediaWiki 1.19 and MediaWiki 1.20, it will take a while before these are being used in extensions, but after a while we should see faster and more readable code.

Wikimania videos: the next billion users on Wikipedia and beyond

Wikimedia DC has started publishing the Wikimania videos on YouTube. They are not split by presentation, only by track, but here are some about localisation and internationalisation.

My Wikimania presentation (see my previous post), Translating the wiki way (starts at 28:05; watch on YouTube):

Amir’s Supporting languages, all of them and Siebrand’s A Tale of Language Support and Ask the Language Support People (watch on YouTube):

Santhosh’s Read and Write in your language has not been published yet and nobody seems to know if it will, or if it has been recorded at all.

Alolita’s The next billion users on Wikipedia with Open Source Webfonts and Amir’s The software localization paradox (watch on YouTube):

See also the category on Wikimania wiki for abstracts and slides for these presentations.

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