Wikimedia Language engineering/Reports/2016/October

TriangleArrow-Left.svgSeptember 2016 Wikimedia Language engineering monthly report for October 2016 November 2016TriangleArrow-Right.svg

Monthly updates from the Wikimedia Language team focused on technical development of the software they maintain. Names of people assumed to contribute as volunteers are in bold text.

Content TranslationEdit

Content Translation allows people to translate Wikipedia articles. Also check out out the newsletter.

  • Volker Eckl replaced deprecate uses of the mw-ui-constructive CSS class. T146923
  • Santhosh Thottingal fixed a bug that caused some links to incorrect appear as red links. T145691
  • Santhosh Thottingal fixed an issue that broke integration with the recommendation tool. T147835
  • Ed Sanders updated the beta feature icon to match latest standards.
  • Thiemo Mättig did some code maintenance.
  • Niklas Laxström cleaned some technical debt. T146248
  • Kartik Mistry fixed some default configuration to work without changes. T149164

Usage dataEdit

Details Numbers
Articles created (during the month) 10105
Articles created till end of month 133853
Number of new translators (during the month) 1110
Highest number of articles created by one user

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Highest number of translators for a Wikipedia

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3683 (es)
Total number of translators with only 1 published article

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Total number of translators with only 2 published articles

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Total number of translators with only 3 published articles

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Total number of translators with only 4 published articles

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Total number of translators with >= 5 and <= 20 published articles

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Total number of translators with >20 published articles

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Articles deleted (during the month) 723



Translate extension allows translation of software interface, manuals, announcements, banners etc. on Wikimedia special projects, and other sites. Translate is part of MLEB.

About 10 patches in total were merged in August.

  • Erik Moeller added support for explicitly chosen namespace constant in wfAddNamespace.
  • Niklas Laxström changed code to avoid deprecation warnings related to MailAddress.
  • Niklas Laxström fixed an issue causing email confirmation emails to be sent twice for sandbox users. T147570
  • Erik Moeller added support for CLDR-style plural keywords to JSON file format support.
  • Niklas Laxström made small tweaks to translation the editor on Special:Translate to improve it for mobile users. T146134
  • Thiemo Mättig fixed some code comments.

Usage dataEdit

  • Translatable pages: Meta 3141 (+58) ; 3103 (-1) ; Commons 506 (+8) [1][2][3]
  • Translate extension is installed on 212 wikis (+1) Wikiapiary

Universal Language SelectorEdit

Universal Language Selector provides language choose, input methods and web fonts. It is part of MLEB.

About 5 patches were merged this month.

  • Amir Aharoni updated bundled jquery.uls library.
  • Ed Sanders updated beta feature image to use proper layout and colours. T144428
  • Niklas Laxström fixed an issue that caused unparsed plural syntax appear in the compact language links. T148117

Other extensionsEdit

Babel (part of MLEB):

  • Kunal Mehta made the new babel database table to start populating automatically if it exists.
  • Kunal Mehta changed the main babel category no longer include users who set the skill level to zero. T146909

cldr (Common Locale Data Repository) (part of MLEB):

  • No changes.

CleanChanges (part of MLEB):

  • Niklas Laxström fixed a minor issue causing unnecessary code to load on certain configurations. T146476

LocalisationUpdate (part of MLEB):

  • Chad Horohoe updated default gerrit branch to be automatically determined.


  • No changes.


MLEB 2016.10 was released in this month.

Project MilkshakeEdit

Project Milkshake consists of four re-usable jquery internationalization libraries.


  • Andre Klapper fixed a broken link.


  • Niklas Laxström updated language name for olo. T146744


  • No changes.


  • No changes.


See also news page.

  • Paladox added support for one new MediaWiki extension.
  • Niklas Laxström lifted the ban on three letter language codes for Android projects as it was no longer necessary. T38264
  • Niklas Laxström updated Chameleon MediaWiki skin to use repository from GitHub.
  • Niklas Laxström removed some no longer needed spam handling extensions from use at
  • Erik Moeller added support for new project:
  • Niklas Laxström updated MLEB documentation in melange.
  • Raimond Spekking registered 5 new MediaWiki extensions and one new MediaWiki skin and made changes to many others.
  • Stephen Niedzielski updated language code mappings for Wikipedia Android. T148480
  • Niklas Laxström did small server configuration updates.


  • About 75 (-15) new users
  • About 320 (-50) translators made about 38.000 (-6.600) edits
  • About 85 (-35) translators reviewed about 12.000 (-6.500) translations

Sources: [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]


  • Niklas Laxström made the sign-up button more prominent.

Deployments and other site related updatesEdit

  • Apertium service migrated to Jessie (scb* cluster) with help of TechOps and services teams. This also updated Apertium to latest and improved language pairs from upstream. T144588
  • Yandex Machine Translation support added for Papiamento (pap) language. T147552
  • New Apertium language pairs enabled for:
    • Argonese <-> Catalan
    • Italian -> Sardinian
    • Norwegian Bokmål <-> Danish
    • Norwegian Bokmål <-> Swedish
    • Norwegian Nynorsk <-> Swedish
    • Northan Sami -> Norwegian Bokmål (nb)

Cross team work/requirementsEdit

  • Kartik Mistry worked with Alexandros Kosiaris (TechOps) to migrate Apertium service to Debian Jessie.

Team statusEdit

  • Language team participated in a week long Editing department off-site at Seattle, WA, USA.
  • Niklas Laxström attended a Finnish language sector conference: Kites Symposium.