Universal Language Selector

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Universal Language Selector (ULS) veitir ein fleksiblan máta at konfigurera (samanseta) og gevur mál innstillingar sum markamótamál, skrifttypur og inntak mátar (knappaborðs mapping). Hetta fer at loyva brúkarum at skriva tekst á ymiskum málum, sum ikki verða beinleiðis stuðlaði við teirra knappaborði, lesa innihald í einum skripti har skrifttypur ikki eru tøkar lokalt, ella at tilpassa málið sum menyirnar verða vístar á.

This functionality was partially provided by Narayam and WebFonts extensions on some wikis. The ULS replaces those extensions and will be available in all Wikimedia projects for all users (logged-in and anonymous). More project specific details later.

The functionality provided is listed below:

  • Language settings panel. Main entry point to configure language tools. It can be accessed from the inter-language list on the sidebar, or at the personal toolbar for wikis lacking inter-language links.
    • User interface language adjustments. User can change the language in which the UI is provided regardless of the content language. At the moment, UI customization is only provided for logged-in users.
    • Font selection. Web fonts are provided for non-latin scripts so that users can display content in those languages without installing local fonts. Users can select alternative fonts or decide to use their local fonts if they are available.
    • Input method configuration. Users lacking a keyboard for a particular script can still write in that script by using input mappings. Hindi users with a QWERTY keyboard can write “प” by typing “pa” when Hindi input method is enabled.
  • Input method contextual menu. Options for switching between languages and keyboard mappings are provided next to each active input element. Users can easily combine English, International Phonetic Alphabet and Russian when writing about Moscow on English Wikipedia: “Moscow (/ˈmɒskaʊ/ or /ˈmɒskoʊ/; Russian: Москва, tr. Moskva; IPA: [mɐˈskva]) is the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia.”
Málsligar innstillingar loyva einum skrásettum brúkara at at fáa atgongd til ensku Wikipediu fyri at broyta UI til hansara/hennera móðurmál.
A Bengali user is able to read content from the Bengali Wikipedia despite the lack of fonts in their computer. Web fonts are provided automatically for non-latin scripts for which an open source font is available. The user can decide to use their system fonts on a per language basis.
Ein sum tosar hindi-mál men ikki hevur hindi bókstavir á sínum knappaborði, konfigurerar innput mátar, soleiðis at hann kann skriva á sínum máli.
Tá ein brúkari leitar, kann hann/hon skifta millum enskt og hindi.
  • Wiki projects with multiple language versions will integrate language settings in the existing language related area used for interlanguage links. This includes all language versions of:
    • Wikipedia
    • Wikibooks
    • Wikiversity
    • Wiktionary
    • Wikiquote
    • Wikivoyage
    • Wikinews
    • Wikisource
  • Wiki projects without interlanguage links will integrate language settings in the personal toolbar next to their user name. This includes the following wikis:
    • Wikidata
    • Wikimedia Commons
    • Wikispecies
    • MediaWiki.org
    • Meta-Wiki
    • Wikimedia Incubator
    • Governance
    • Outreach
    • and others
On wikis without inter-language links, the language settings are provided at the personal toolbar.

Limitations in functionality

The selection of user interface language will be only available for logged-in users (why? ).

Dulnevndir brúkarar kunnu ikki broyta UI málið enn. Teir mugu rita inn fyri at kunnu gera tað.

For English Wikipedia, the input method contextual menu will be disabled by default. Regardless of the initial state of input methods, users can always enable or disable them for any wiki.


You can enable webfonts by opening the ULS interface (by clicking on the gear icon) and then Fonts -> Download fonts when needed. See Universal Language Selector/WebFonts for more information.

Meira kunning

One can use ULS "अक्षरांतरण" (Transliteration) or "मराठी लिपी" (Inscript) typing options to search or edit Marathi Wikipedia articles as shown in this video clip example; One can click on the cc to change the subtitle languages to Marathi, English, Sanskrit, Kokani, Ahirani languages.In similar way other languages can be selected.

Answers to some common queries about the Universal Language Selector can be found in the FAQ page. You can leave feedback at the talk page.

You can also see Interaction Design and Technical Design of this project.

Most development is part of the general libraries for the Milkshake project (see for GitHub repository information and so on).

See Also

Help:Multilingual support