Improving translation tools for MediaWiki

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We want to:

  • Expand MediaWiki infrastructure for full-featured multi-language support.
  • Integrate auto-translation options (does this refer to things like If so, clarify that this is tool for translators - we probably want to avoid widespread use of this tool as the only step in translation.)

There are a bunch of people interested in such things, who have already done some work on improving the way wikis facilitate translation.

Tool development[edit]

Machine translation[edit]

Machine translation applied to wikis:


Interested people and organizations[edit]

The core MediaWiki team are not currently (July 2008) working on translation tools, but this is because they have other priorities, not because they don't think it's useful (based on conversations at Wikimania 2008 - Chriswaterguy). There is nothing to stop someone developing these tools as extensions.

Other people[edit]

Others are known to be supportive and have some knowledge of the issues:

A joint grant proposal?[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation and a bunch of organizations working in education, development etc could get together and look for grant funding for the coding to be done.