Language tools

The Language team has the goal of reducing the language barrier that users face when accessing or sharing knowledge. The team has created tools to facilitate the participation of our users regardless of their language. These include the creation of multilingual content and software, facilitate language navigation, and support for easy input and proper display of different scripts. Language tools and their infrastructures need regular maintenance and update efforts. Making our language tools and infrastructure work better helps all the projects that rely on them, and saves time and efforts to the people participating in them, from developers to translators and the final users.

In July 2018, an effort was started to identify key areas to improve in our language tools during the upcoming months. The affected tools, the plan and the status updates are described next.

List of toolsEdit

Language tools are listed below:

Maintenance planEdit

Since there is a wide catalog of language tools and potential areas to improve, we are keeping a list of current maintenance responsibilities and levels in our team Phabricator page.

Status updatesEdit

November 2022Edit

October 2022Edit

September 2022Edit

  • Disabled machine translation suggestions from Apertium for some language pairs in the Translate extension based on user requests.
  • Explored options on how to improve the performance of Special:PageTranslation while also supporting new filtering features.
  • Improved the feature to show latest edit summaries to translators by improving the layout and formatting of relative dates.
  • Fixed a workflow issue with aggregate message groups in the Translate extension.
  • Deployed a fix for a bug that was resulting in an empty recent changes when no language was selected
  • Investigated and fixed an issue that was causing a delay in updating translation pages
  • Deployed a fix that blocks translations from users for a blocked translatable page.

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December 2020Edit

November 2020Edit

  • MediaWiki Language Extension Bundle (MLEB) 2020.10 was released, see release notes here.
  • New system admins are now able to do puppet changes for translatewiki.net after reading our new documentation.

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