Two weeks ago Amir submitted a request to the mailing list asking folks to
review the list of language names available in Names.php:
The request was followed up by few issues noticed for Czech, Slovak, and
some other languages. It's obvious that by relying only on available input
from the community, one can not make sure that the rest of the data is
correct. Given this I recommended doing a minimal implementation of CLDR
data. Here's what I wrote to Amir:
I skimmed through the list and haven't seen anything incorrect. I have a
> question though; considering the fact that some of this data is available
> in CLDR, have you ever considered integrating their data and then do a
> fallback? The fallback would definitely be necessary in some cases because
> your list is *way* more extensive than what CLDR currently supports.
> Of course, CLDR specs lets adding new locales easily. So the ideal would
> be to have a seed (with minimal information) for the locales which doesn't
> exists there and are present in MW list. As CLDR is peer reviewed through
> surveys targeted in-country scholars and standard body representatives,
> normally the quality of the data and metadata is very good.
> In the past, there was at least this one extension I know off which was
> facilitating the use of CLDR data on MW: http://www.mediawiki
> Let me know what you think. I'd be happy to help.
I haven't received any feedback from Amir up to now and as I'm not a MW
developer, I'm writing here to ask for your opinion on the matter. The
bottom line is that I can script out something that cross-checks Names.php
values with CLDR entries, but I think it'd better to think about a
As you may know, the Wikimedia Foundation decided to change its code
repository system. They replaced Subversion or SVN with GIT. As a
consequence the pipeline of moving localisations from
translatewiki.netinto GIT has been broken. The good news is that for a
first time it has
been possible to move localisations from translatewiki for the MediaWiki
core messages manually. We expect that this will happen in an automated way
in the next week. The LocalisationUpdate is said to be functional and
consequently we expect that certainly by Wednesday updates will be
Let us hope that it will not take much longer for the extension messages to
reach their destination.
It is that time again, the CLDR or the Common Locale Data Repository is
open for updates and new data. As you know, MediaWiki relies on correct
data from this source. Sadly many language we support are not supported in
the CLDR. We also know that there is data that should change because it is
wrong. We have started a page  explaining what we are looking for from
So our question to you is to read the instructions and do what is necessary
for your language. Please let us know if the content is complete or
incomplete and please let us know your experience when you want to change
MediaWiki has a list of language names. These names are used in
several locations; the most visible location is the list of
interlanguage links that appears in every article.
Recently i've been making little fixes to that list. I fixed what i
knew, but there are many language about which i don't know anything.
Please take a look at it:
Find the name of your language and check: Is it written correctly? Is
it appropriate for a list of interlanguage links?
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore