translatewiki.net是用于翻译社群、语言社群、语言委员会和自由软件项目的本地化平台。它最初用于 MediaWiki 的本地化，后续添加了对 MediaWiki 扩展、FreeCol、OpenStreetMap、Etherpad Lite 及其他自由软件项目的支持。
MediaWiki 及其扩展的 300 多种语言的本地化采用 translatewiki.net 作为便利的翻译平台，也用于协作和维护。Mantis、FreeCol 和 Mwlib.rl 也在 translatewiki.net 上翻译，同时欢迎更多的项目。
您可以参与翻译为自己熟悉的语言。维基媒体基金会请求把 MediaWiki 界面翻译成新的语言也是也是在这里完成的。
该计划不是维基媒体基金会项目的一部分，但是它由维基媒体语言团队和志愿者维护。 Translatewiki.net is an associated project of non-profit fiscal sponsor called Software in the Public Interest. The translation functionality is provided by a MediaWiki extension.
translatewiki.net and MediaWiki
translatewiki.net supports in-wiki translation of all the messages of core MediaWiki, extensions and skins. All translation of MediaWiki user interface messages should go through translatewiki.net and not committed directly to code. Only the English messages and their initial documentation must be done in the source code.
Core MediaWiki and extensions must use system messages for any text displayed in the user interface. For an example of how to do this, please see Manual:Special pages. If the extension is well written, it will probably be included in translatewiki.net in a few days, after its staff notices it on Gerrit. If it's not noticed, contact them. If it's too unstable to be translated, note so in the code or commit and contact them if necessary.
Handling support requests
Translators may have questions about some of the messages you create. Translatewiki.net provides a support request system that allows translators the ability to ask you, the project owner, questions regarding messages so that they can be better translated. This short tutorial guides you through the workflow of handling translatewiki.net support requests.
Overview of the localisation system
Localisation update workflow
As mentioned above, translation happens on translatewiki.net and other systems are discouraged. Here's a high level overview of the localisation update workflow:
- Developers add or change system messages.
- Users translate the new or changed system messages on translatewiki.net.
- Automated tools export these messages, build new versions of the message files, incorporating the added or updated messages, for both core and extensions, and commit them to git.
- The wikis then can pull in the updated system messages from the git repository.
Wikimedia projects and any other wikis can benefit immediately and automatically from localisation work thanks to the 擴展:LocalisationUpdate extension. This compares the latest English messages to the English messages in production. If they are not the same, the production translations are updated and made available to users.
Once translations are in the version control system, the Wikimedia Foundation has a daily job that updates a checkout or clone of the extension repository. This was first established in September 2009.
Because changes on translatewiki.net are pushed to the code daily as well, this means that each change to a message can potentially be applied to all existing MediaWiki installations in a couple days without any manual intervention or traumatic code update.
As you can see this is a multi-step process. Over time, we have found out that many things can go wrong. If you think the process is broken, please make sure to report it on our Support page, or create a new bug in Phabricator. Always be sure to describe a precise observation.