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Welcome to Content Translation!

Content Translation is a tool that helps editors to translate pages between languages. It helps translators to focus on typing the translation text instead of thinking about manual formatting, categories, links, images, etc.

Creating a new wiki page based on an existing one from a different language requires the use of automatic translation services, dictionaries, reformatting text, tweaking links and references, and significant amount of tab switching. Content Translation simplifies of creating translated pages by showing the translation right next to the original page, and when possible, inserting automatically details such as formatting, links, categories, and references.

Content Translation is focused on creating the first version of a translated page. After it's created, it can be edited further just like any other wiki page.

Enabling Content Translation[edit]

At the moment Content Translation is a beta feature. To use it you need to enable the feature in your beta preferences. To do this, log in to your account, click Beta at the top of the page, check Content Translation, and click Save, at the bottom of the page.

Content Translation beta feature.


The dashboard is the main entry point to the translation interface.

Getting to the dashboard[edit]

There are four ways to get to the dashboard:

First way: hover your mouse pointer over the "Contributions" item in your personal menu at the top of the screen. In the menu that appears, click on "Translations".

The menu that appears when you hover your mouse pointer over the Contributions link

Second way: click the "Contributions", and then click the "Translation" button at the top of the page.

The buttons that Content Translation adds to the top of the Contributions page

Third way: find the page that you want to translate in the wiki in the source language, and click the target language name in the interlanguage links list in the sidebar. (This will only work if the tool is installed in the wiki in the source language, and you enabled the beta feature there.)

The article Praia de Jericoacoara exists in the Portuguese and in the English Wikipedias, but not in Spanish, so a gray link to the Spanish language appears in the interlanguage links area if the system identifies that the user can translate to Spanish

Fourth way: you can type "Special:CX" or "Special:ContentTranslation" in your wiki's search box.

The Content Translation dashboard

Starting a translation[edit]

The selector of source and target languages and the source article
  1. Click the "New translation" button.
  2. Select the source language, then type the name of the page that you want to translate.
  3. Select the target language, then type the name of the translated page that you are creating. If the name will be the same in both languages, you can leave this field blank.
  4. Click "⧼cx-sourceselector-dialog-button-start-translation⧽" to start!

Translation interface[edit]


  • When possible, categories will be adapted automatically. They are adapted when there is a directly corresponding category in the target language according to the interlanguage link.
  • If machine translation is available for the pair of languages that you selected, the paragraph will be auto-translated when you click it. The machine translation will not be perfect; you must always correct it before publishing.
  • If machine translation is not available, the source text will be inserted, and the links will be adapted automatically.
  • Images can be adapted simply by clicking on them. You will have to type the translation for the image captions (captions will be machine-translated if machine translation is available).
  • References will be automatically adapted, though you may have to adjust them to your wiki's style after publishing.
  • Math formulas are transferred as-is.

Writing and publishing the translation[edit]

The Content Translation interface. Translating the article Antônio Houaiss from Portuguese to Spanish.
  1. Type the translation of each paragraph in the translation column. You don't have to translate all the paragraphs - translate as much as needed for the wiki in your language.
  2. Until you publish, the translation is regularly saved automatically, so you don't have to worry that you'll lose it. To come back to a page that you started translating, go back to the dashboard and select the page from the list that you'll see.
  3. After you have written everything you want for the first version of the new translated page, click "Publish translation".

Continuing a translation[edit]

If you started translations to any language, they will appear in the dashboard. You can continue a translation by clicking on the item in the list.

You can also see a list of translations that you published by going to the dashboard and selecting "Published translations" instead of "Translations in progress".

Translating templates[edit]

When there are templates in the article, you can skip them, transfer their wiki syntax to the target article as-is, or translate them in detail, parameter-by-parameter. For a detailed guide to translating templates and making them more easily translatable, see the page Content translation/Templates.