I've searched rather far and wide for an example configuration of a
single topic wiki with a number of languages, but haven't found
anything other than a few disparate suggestions of how to go about
implementing it using the existing version of mediawiki. The general
- Like wikipedia, language in indicated in the domain name (e.g.
- The user database is shared among all language wikis, but articles
are not. Images/media are shared.
- The code is not duplicated in multiple folders. Symbolic linking is
I have a partially-working setup I've hacked together myself that uses
symbolic links, some mod_rewrite magic, multiple LocalSettings.php
files, and a separate database for each language with the user tables
(user, user_groups, user_newtalk, watchlist) federated to a single
database. However, I'm interested in seeing how other people have done
it. Would anyone care to share their configuration, or point to a
online reference I may have missed?
Thanks and Happy New Year,
I have no experience with multilingual wikis using MediaWiki, but I have created a small
proof-of-concept prototype of a multilingual wiki engine. You can view a demo of it here:
And the design is described in this research paper:
If you are interested in this kind of issues, I would encourage you to join the
wiki-translation community which I started with Aphaia (the Wikipedia translation
coordinator) and Marc Laporte (leader for the TikiWiki project).
In particular, you might be interested in the Cross-Lingual Wiki Engine project which is
This project was started in December, and it's trying to figure out what tools and
processes are needed to support translation of content that is produced in a wiki way. We
are using TikiWiki as our reference platform, but we hope that the kinds of processes and
features we develop for it will be a useful source of inspiration for other engines as
well. We would certainly love to have people from the MediaWiki community participate.
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