Wikimedia and the multilingual web

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Wikimedia and the multilingual web

  1. 1. We use standards and standards need supportWikimedia Foundation Gerard Meijssen Internationalization / Localization outreach consultant
  2. 2. What our communities doThere is a Wikipedia in 283 languages A request has been made for 129 moreFor many languages there is a source, a books, a dictionary project as wellWe have over 12 million freely usable imagesThere are several meta wikis and they need translations to get our message out
  3. 3. 412 languagesAre written in many scripts. Not all of them are provided with a font in an operating system We support WebFontsNot all of them have a quality freely licensed font We collaborate on font developmentFor many languages we need input methods; local keyboard are often not on sale We support Narayam
  4. 4. 412 languages IIAt translatewiki.net several freely licensed applications are internationalised and localised4600 people receive its monthly update
  5. 5. 412 languages IIIWe make use of the ISO-639-3, Unicode and the CLDRWe use translation memories and machine translation on twn and on our meta wikis.All our localisers and translators are volunteersGetting the message out is a big job Why localisation The use of translatable terminology Refitting internationalisation is expensive
  6. 6. What about standardsThe CLDR should provide us with the necessary intelligence WMF supports more languages than the CLDR There are over 6000 languages we do not support The information is not accurate even for English Our developers have a hard time entering data !! It uses time boxes for data entry
  7. 7. What does this meanLanguages not supported in the CLDR are not supported in text processors or browsersThe meta data in documents written in one of the 6000+ languages is wrongWe are looking for a solution..

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