Global templates/Status

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May 2021[edit]

  • A small, but significant update in the long version of the specification: The code of the templates in the central repository will use the generic English names of tags, parser functions, and magic words. (As follow-up to a discussion at

February 2021[edit]

January 2021[edit]


December 2020[edit]

November 2020[edit]

Slides for the presentation at the Catalan wiki meeting (Viquitrobada), in English and Catalan
Video of the presentation "Global templates, now" in the Catalan wiki meeting (Viquitrobada), in English and Catalan.

October 2020[edit]

Video presentation: Translatable modules - Better workflows for onwiki developers. Includes extensive Q&A.
Video presentation: The frontend of WikiCite

September 2020[edit]

Video presentation about Translatable modules launch as part of the Language showcase
  • The official Translatable modules consultation is launched. When completed, it will address the sections of the specification that deal with localization of modules. {{🌎🌍🌏}}

July 2020[edit]

June 2020[edit]

May 2020[edit]

Language showcase May 2020. Global templates are discussed at the 21 minutes mark.

April 2020[edit]

  • Wikidata founder Denny publishes an article about his Multilingual Wikipedia proposal in the English Wikipedia Signpost. It directly mentions this proposal, and sparks some discussion. {{🌎🌍🌏}}

January 2020[edit]


December 2019[edit]

November 2019[edit]

Amir Aharoni talks about Global templates at Wikimedia Technical Conference 2019
  • The topic was discussed at a workshop with Language team members and Catalan Wikipedians. Catalan Wikipedians showcased their project to make templates that are reusable in all languages and can be relatively robustly translated, as well as examples of templates that embed structured data uniformly using Wikidata properties and data files.
  • The proposal pages are no longer marked as "draft". It is still not an official project, but there isn't much more to write.
  • The topic was discussed at the Wikimedia Tech Conf 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia as a part of Developer Productivity & onwiki tooling. Global templates was recommended by the participants as one of the leading solutions to the current issues with templates.
    • There was a good discussion about how this huge task could be divided into smaller and more manageable tasks that could be implemented independently.
    • It looks like there is consensus that the first thing to make global is modules, and once they become stable, templates can be considered.
  • Amir cleaned up the subtasks and parent tasks of task T121470. See {{🌎🌍🌏}}

October 2019[edit]

Related notable past milestones[edit]

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