Wikimedia Language engineering
The Wikimedia Foundation Internationalization and Localization engineering team is responsible for improving MediaWiki's internationalization and localization. The group is managed by Alolita Sharma and is part of the larger Wikimedia Engineering team.
About the team[edit | edit source]
The Wikimedia Foundation Language Engineering team consists of 9 opensource community members, developers and designers and have a combined working knowledge of over 15 languages. We work on projects that enable the MediaWiki platform to support every language on the planet. See also the team roles and responsibilities.
Current projects[edit | edit source]
|Project||Description||Project lead & team||Status|
|Language tools||Internationalization and Localization tools to enable use of Wikimedia projects in various languages.||Alolita Sharma (Director of Engineering i18n/L10n), Siebrand Mazeland (Product Manager), Niklas Laxström (dev), Santhosh Thottingal (dev), Amir Aharoni (dev), Pau Giner (design), Runa Bhattacharjee (QA and communications)||
UniversalLanguageSelector was disabled on January 21 2014 in production for all language Wikimedia sites (other than wikidata.org) due to font delivery performance issues. Users can still enable ULS for their language needs by going to their user profile preferences and enabling ULS from the internationalization settings. Development is in progress for a solution to enable ULS when a user logs in and selects their language preferences explicitly to enable webfonts. David Chan continued his work on language support integration for VisualEditor for phase 5 languages. Niklas Laxström and Santhosh Thottingal participated in the architecture summit in San Francisco in January in RFC discussions and JSONification of i18n support for VisualEditor.
|Milkshake||Create generic i18n tools in jQuery||Alolita Sharma (Engineering Director), Siebrand Mazeland (Product Manager), Development team - Niklas Laxström (dev), Santhosh Thottingal (dev), Amir Aharoni (dev), Pau Giner (design), Runa Bhattacharjee (QA and communications)||
jQuery.webfonts and jQuery.IME continue to be in maintenance mode with new input methods added to our repository this month. jQuery.ULS is being actively updated to reflect design changes suggested by the Product team as well as bug fixes.
|Language Engineering Communications and Outreach||News about Language Engineering activities and Outreach programs||Alolita Sharma (Engineering Director), Siebrand Mazeland (Product Manager), Development team - Niklas Laxström (dev), Santhosh Thottingal (dev), Amir Aharoni (dev), Pau Giner (design), Runa Bhattacharjee (QA and communications)||
The team continued their collaborative projects with Google, Twitter, Microsoft internationalization and MT teams on webfonts, input tools and machine translation.
|Content translation||Content translation of Wikipedia pages||Alolita Sharma (Director of Language Engineering), Amir Aharoni (Interim PO), Development team - Amir Aharoni, Niklas Laxstrom, Pau Giner, Santhosh Thottingal , Runa Bhattacharjee, Sucheta Ghoshal, Kartik Mistry, David Chan||
The language engineering team kicked off development of a prototype version of context translation workflow. This functionality aims to create a workspace for helping editors bootstrap new articles in non-Latin language Wikipedias. In the prototype, Russian and Welsh are being used for initial concept verification.