Supporting languages, all of them

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Supporting languages, all of them

  1. 1. Supporting languages...all of them Amir Aharoni Gerard Meijssen
  2. 2. Language technology•Wikimedia Foundation aims to share the sumof all knowledge oAll knowledge with everyone oAll knowledge is distributed over all languages and cultures•To do this we need to support information inover 7000 languages oInformation can be translated but we need to support sources in any language to provide provenance•All languages have their requirements
  3. 3. Language technology II•To write a language you need a script•A script and its characters are in Unicode the Unicode is a standard and can support any script o•However, oseveral scripts are not yet in Unicode oeven a language like Polish or Slovenian is not supported for all its requirements in the Latin script o(old Polish or Slovenian for instance)
  4. 4. Language technology III•To support languages in MediaWiki, owe need support for its scripts owe need to know how numbers and dates are written•But also owe support plural in our software owe support gender in our software owe support formality in our software
  5. 5. Language technology IV•We support a language on our server but...•is it supported on the device of the reader ocan the end user actually see the characters? ocan the end user actually write the characters?We support webfonts and input methods...•for a small selection of languages•using only freely licensed Unicode fonts
  6. 6. Language standardsWe use language tools that are standardsWe use language data from standards•ISO-639-3 to know the languages to support•Unicode for scripts•CLDR for information about languages•the US keyboard layout - its just practical
  7. 7. Language standards IIThe language standards support only a fewlanguages•MediaWiki supports more languages than theCLDR•Not all scripts are defined in Unicode yet•Not all characters are defined in Unicode yet•Many people do not use the US keyboard
  8. 8. Language standards IIITo "fix" the standards we need people toamend and append the information in thestandards• language teams are organized attranslatewiki.net• we communicate with standard organisations• we communicate about our needsas always, it is about the sum of all knowledge;this exists only in all languages
  9. 9. As always, it is about the sum of all knowledge;this exists only in all languages

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