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Bimminutu nta 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.

First of all, consider some non-technical tips about translating articles.

Do not rely on machine translation alone! It can make mistakes, even in languages that are supported well. Always read everything that you write and correct the mistakes that machine translation makes before publishing. If you publish the article without correcting them, it is likely that your translation will be deleted.

Translate only if you are confident that you can write in the language into which you are translating.

If there is a page in your wiki about translating articles, read this page before you start translating. It will have more tips and policies that are special to your wiki. In the English Wikipedia, this page is w:Wikipedia:Translation (check the interlanguage links on that page to find the corresponding pages in other languages).

If you can write in the language into which you are translating, but you think that you don't write it perfectly, ask your friends who know this language or other editors who write in this wiki for help. Talking to your friends about choosing the right or improving your grammar is fun!

Read the whole article in the source language before you start to translate. This is important for several reasons. First, it's quite possible that it is not perfect! There may be mistakes in all articles and in all languages. Besides, knowing and understanding the whole story of the article's topic, whether it's a biography of a person, a history of a city, a description of a natural phenomenon, or anything else will help you with writing every sentence of the translation.

If you see that there are some problems in the source article, and you can to write in the source languages, be bold and edit the source article before starting the translation. Changing the source article after the translation began may interfere with the translation process.

Do your best to check that the references in the source article are correct and relevant (references are also known as sources or footnotes). Read the book, check the linked website, etc. If you aren't sure that the reference is correct and relevant, consider skipping the part of the article where the reference is used, because it may be incorrect.

It's OK to skip some parts of the source article especially if they are not very interesting for the people who will read it in the target language. For example:

  • Some encyclopedic articles in English may have a section that explains the etymology of the English word in the title of the article, for example the article Chef.

If this word is completely different in your language, translation this section is probably unnecessary, unless you think that the etymology of the English word "chef" is interesting to the readers in your language.

  • Some Wikipedia articles about musicians include a section about their concerts in the country where this language is spoken.

When translating this into languages that are spoken in other countries, this section can probably be skipped.

Machine translation

In Content Translation, automatic translation is available for a limited number of languages through several machine translation services. Currently, depending on the language in which the article is translating, users will be able to use Apertium, Matxin, Google, Yandex, and Youdao translation engines.

However, automatic translation is a feature that the user can choose to use. They can select the service to use, from a dropdown list, and their preference will be remembered. Users can also choose to not use machine translation, by using the ‘Inizia con un paragrafo vuoto’ option.

Publishing machine-translated articles is not the intention of Content Translation, and it is actively discouraged to publish articles without modification and review. Users are shown warnings if they try to publish unmodified content.

Attivazzioni di Content Translation

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 Traduzione voci, and click Save, at the bottom of the page.

Prupità beta di Content Translation.


Lu cruscottu è lu puntu di trasuta principali â ntirfaccia di traduzzioni.

Accèdiri ô cruscottu

Ci sunnu quattru maneri p'accèdiri ô cruscottu:

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

The menu that appears when you hover your mouse pointer over the Li mè cuntribbuti link

Second way: click the "Li mè cuntribbuti", and then click the "Traduzzioni" button at the top of the page.

Li buttuna ca Content Translation agghiunci ntâ parti àuta dâ pàggina dê Cuntribbuti

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.

Lu cruscottu di Content Translation

Accuminzari na traduzzioni

Lu silitturi di lingua fonti e lingua birsagghiu e l'artìculu fonti
  1. Clicca ntô buttuni "Traduzzioni nova".
  2. Silizziona la lingua fonti, poi scrivi lu nomu dâ pàggina ca voi tradùciri.
  3. Silizziona la lingua birsagghiu, appoi scrivi lu nomu dâ pàggina traduciuta ca stai criannu. Si lu nomu è lu stissu nta tutti dui lingui, poi livari stu campu vacanti.
  4. Clicca nta "$starttranslation" p'accuminzari!

Translation interface


  • Quannu è pussìbbli, li catigurìi sunu adattati autumaticamenti. Sunnu adattati quannu c'è direttamenti na catigurìa currispunnenti ntâ lingua birsagghiu secunnu lu culligamentu interlingui.
  • 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.
  • Si lu tradutturi autumàticu nun è dispunìbbili, lu testu fonti è nzirutu, e li culligamenti sunnu adattati autumaticamenti.
  • 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.

Scrìviri e pubblicari la traduzzioni

La ntirfaccia di Content Translation. Traducennu l'artìculu Antônio Houaiss dô purtughisi ô spagnolu.
  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 "Pubblica".

Cuntinuari na traduzzioni

Si accuminzasti traduzzioni versu qualegghiè lingua, appàrinu ntô cruscottu. Poi cuntinuari na traduzzioni cliccannu nta l'artìculu ntâ lista.

poi vìdiri macari na lista di traduzzioni ca pubblicasti jennu ntô cruscottu e silizziunannu "Traduzioni pubblicate" nveci di "Traduzioni in corso".

Deleting a translation

If you don't want to continue a translation that you started, or if you published a translation and you still see it in the dashboard, you can delete it. Click the trash can button in the corner of the row:

The dashboard row with the name of the article, and the trash can button in the right-hand corner

Translating templates

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.