Wikimedia Language engineering
Team[edit | edit source]
The Wikimedia Foundation Language Engineering team have a combined working knowledge of more than 15 languages. Also see the details for individual roles and responsibilities.
Language coverage[edit | edit source]
More than 300 languages are provided with internationalization support at various levels across Wikimedia projects, of which the Wikipedias are the largest, with 287 languages. The tools created and maintained by the WMF Language Engineering Team are continually updated to increase the number of languages these tools cover. The goal is to prepare all languages to provide the same level of functionalities to be used just as well as English.
Projects[edit | edit source]
- Content translation – The content translation tool is a computer-assisted translation (CAT) tool aimed at making the translation of Wikipedia articles easier and better. The tool targets users who know two or more languages, and will provide value for different kinds of users. For new users, the tool will provide a new way of contributing that is easier than creating a new page from scratch. For experienced editors, the tool will simplify the process of translating content. This extension is currently in development. Read more
- Universal Language Selector – Universal Language Selector (ULS) provides a flexible method of selecting and configuring a language to use in the user interface. It provides options to select fonts and input method. Languages can be searched using the ISO language code, with language names written in current user interface language or in its own script(autonym). Depending upon the user's location or the browser/operating system's language, the user interface language will be suggested. Cross-language searches – using any script – can also be done. Read more
- Translate – Translate extension is a feature-rich extension that lets users translate software strings and pages in their browser. For both software and page translation, it supports translation memory, statistics by group and language, advanced grammar support for multiple languages, and more.
- MediaWiki Language Extension Bundle – The MediaWiki Language Extension Bundle is a collection of selected MediaWiki extensions needed by any wiki that wants to be multilingual. It follows a monthly release cycle. Get the latest release. The following extensions are part of the bundle:
- Project Milkshake – Project Milkshake aims to make generic jQuery components for commonly needed internationalization feature components that have been developed for use through MediaWiki in Wikimedia projects. These include input methods, web-fonts, and grammatical rules for languages. For easy participation and wider adoption, the source-code repositories are hosted on GitHub and the components have been dual-licensed as GPL and MIT.
- jQuery.ime – More than 150 input methods in various languages are provided through jQuery.ime; many of these methods have been contributed by the Wikimedia community. See Demo.
- jQuery.i18n – This library provides internationalization elements to support grammatical rules for languages, including rules for plural forms and gender. See Prototype.
- jQuery.webfonts – jQuery.webfonts uses the WebFonts technology to allow usage of fonts from a font repository. This eliminates dependency on system fonts while viewing pages in those languages. Read more about webfonts
Current status[edit | edit source]
|Language tools||Internationalization and Localization tools to enable use of Wikimedia projects in various languages.||Team Amir Aharoni (dev), Joel Sahleen (dev), Kartik Mistry (dev), Niklas Laxström (dev), Pau Giner (design), Runa Bhattacharjee (QA and communications), Santhosh Thottingal (dev):|
webfonts in the font repository yet due to pending issues in WOFF2 font generation.
Migration of translation memory service to ElasticSearch. Thanks to WMF's ElasticSearch cluster this migration increases the speed and reliability of the service .We have identified one issue with the suggestions, which is being fixed during December. Thanks to Chad and Nik for helping Niklas.
OtherRTL fixes in MobileFrontend and VisualEditor
|Milkshake||Create generic i18n tools in jQuery||Team Amir Aharoni (dev), Joel Sahleen (dev), Kartik Mistry (dev), Niklas Laxström (dev), Pau Giner (design), Runa Bhattacharjee (QA and communications), Santhosh Thottingal (dev):|
|Language Engineering Communications and Outreach||News about Language Engineering activities and Outreach programs||Team Amir Aharoni (dev), Joel Sahleen (dev), Kartik Mistry (dev), Niklas Laxström (dev), Pau Giner (design), Runa Bhattacharjee (QA and communications), Santhosh Thottingal (dev):|
|Content translation||Content translation of Wikipedia pages||Team Amir Aharoni (Interim PO), Development team - Amir Aharoni, David Chan, Joel Sahleen Kartik Mistry, Niklas Laxstrom, Pau Giner, Runa Bhattacharjee, Santhosh Thottingal:|
3rd version released, but waiting on deployment for availability. This release includes several enhancements and fixes.
New features include:
The Machine Translation service code was refactored to make it more extensible for other languages and translation services. As an experiment the Yandex machine translation service was tested.
Several fixes related to template adaptation were done. The language selector and the top-bar in the editing interface have been redesigned.
The 4th release is currently underway with a specific goal to prepare the tool for deployment as a beta feature in January
Roadmap[edit | edit source]
Get involved[edit | edit source]
Readers, editors, translators[edit | edit source]
- Tell us about:
- text you can't view, and
- input methods that are not working well.
- Translate interface messages.
- Write help documentation for input methods.
- Test interface features.
Developers[edit | edit source]
- Report new bugs.
- Fix some bugs.
- Help write unit tests for input methods.
- Contribute to our projects.
Contact us[edit | edit source]
- Join our mailing list.
- Talk to us on IRC at #mediawiki-i18n.
- Follow our blog posts (feed).
- Participate in our monthly office hour.