[IAEP] Multiple-language pages on wiki
wad at laptop.org
Wed Jan 13 13:47:01 EST 2010
On Jan 13, 2010, at 8:52 AM, Mel Chua wrote:
>> Do you know how to add several languages in our wiki?
> Poking the iaep metabrain, in case someone else has better ideas...
> I know of several ways of doing multiple languages with mediawiki,
> of which are super-ideal.
> * the way Wikipedia does it - multiple mediawiki installs, one per
> language (de.wikipedia.org is a separate install from
> and crosslinks between the different language instances for the same
> term/article. There's no real good way to make sure the content in one
> language is synced with the same content in another.
> * the way the OLPC wiki does it: all-in-one-mediawiki-instance, with
> page titles in the different languages. [[Sugar]] and [[Azucar]], for
> instance. Same syncing problem as above.
Speaking as someone who maintains pages in two languages on
the OLPC Wiki, the translation template does provide a link on every
translated page that lets readers compare the "canonical language page"
which was used to generate the tranlsation with the current
"canonical language page".
> * There's a nice Google Translate template at the top (see the blue
> across the top of http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Summer_of_Content) that
> works pretty well, though it doesn't help people who want to edit in a
> language that the page isn't in.
Unedited google translations are painful to read (but better than
> * Also using http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Summer_of_Content as an
> inline translation (BAD IDEA, does not scale). You can see the French
> words inline with the English, and how it makes the page harder to
> for readers of /either/ language (imo).
Such a bad idea it shouldn't even have been mentioned!
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