Not directly related to translation, but technical help for me to do the translations.
Wiki is presenting an edit box for editing of the content of pages.
I am finding that this editbox has now somehow grown too big such that it covers most of my screen and I have to scroll up and down a lot to see the full edit box and its content. It is not convenient. How do I reduce/ change the size of such edit box so that it is, say, 15 lines or so, at most something that shows the entire edit box and some of the surrounding page contents in a single screen?
Also, I had fiddled around with fonts so I noticed today that the edit box is showing contents in Times new roman, very small size that is looking ugly. I would be happy with Verdana/ Tahoma 10. How do I change the font and size for the content to be displayed in the edit box.
Also, today I logged into wiki after a long time and found that above the above mentioned editbox
चेक सन्दूक पर क्लिक करें ध्वन्यात्मक देवनागरी में लिखने के लिए (परीक्षण प्रावस्था)
For those who might not know Hindi, it says click on the box to write in phonetic devanagari script (text ??)
As default that box is checked so whatever i start typing comes in Hindi/ devanagari. Now, wiki is using some other keyboard layout that is not familiar to me so I found it inconvenient and cant use it. I have my own keyboard layout that I switch between Hindi/ English by window default of Alt-Shift. It is irritating that I have to "unclick" this box and then to adjust the keyboard language setting.
How do I make this check box appear unchecked so that I get English interface only, that I can change to my own hindi keyboard layout by my own keyboard shortcut.
All this is about http://hi.wiktionary.org where I use Unicode devanagari/ hindi with English on winxpsp3 ff3.0.8. I have not yet checked it on other wiki domains.
Dear Wikimedians from India.
For those who do not know me, I am a staff member of
http://translatewiki.net, a project where most of the translation of
MediaWiki is done. MediaWiki is the software used by all wikis of the
Wikimedia Foundation. There is more to translatewiki, but I hope you may
discover that later.
I have made an analysis of the localization of MediaWiki and its extensions
with regards to use by the Wikimedia Foundation. I have done this with a
scope of the 50 languages with the most speakers in the world. As India
is an enormous country, with a long history, it is no surprise that many
languages are spoken by a lot of people.
For India the following languages make the top 50 of most spoken languages
in the world: Hindi (3), Bengali (10), Gujarati (34), Kannada (33),
Malayalam (39), Marathi (17), Nepali (43), Oriya (42), Punjabi (15), Sindhi
(37), Tamil (28), Telugu (20), and Urdu (29). Some of these languages have a
fair level of localization (Telugu and Hindi are doing OK, but not
excellent), but many others have very poor localization (Oriya and Urdu are
doing particularly bad).
As I do not speak or read any languages that are not in a Latin, Greek or
Cyrillic script, and live in the Netherlands, it is hard for me to crowd
source translators for these languages. I am in dire need of structural help
in that area. Having Wikimedia India formed is something I recognize as an
enormous opportunity for getting the localization level of languages spoken
in India to a higher level. It will enable more users to experience and
enjoy the freedoms that we as Wikimedians try to create and provide.
Please help me help in getting India's languages gain more ground and
availability in the Wikimedia universe. Ideally I would like some kind of an
ambassador from your community to spread the word and focus on getting more
and more localization done for languages spoken in India. If you are
interested in contributing as a translator, please visit translatewiki.net.
If you are interested in investing time on a higher level, please contact me
on-wiki, on this list, or by private e-mail so we can work something out.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
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I know what you mean about posting to VPs being hard. It need not be
so difficult, however. We've talked about setting up a global
announcement tool that would do the same.
Switching to a public forum: this seems like something to bring up on
the wikimediameta-l list (and perhaps the translation coordination)
list. This is a specific, commonly requested, and rarely accomplished
task. In effect:
1. define the ~500 wikis that are 'active' and that we'd like to send
2. define the Village Pump page or equivalent for every page. So if
non exist, the main talk page; &c.
3. keep an announcement script running that uses a non-bot wiki user
to post updates to these. given an announcement title, it should
3a) know how to check to see if a short announcement with that title exists
3b) default to the closest parent language in a language tree if none exist
3c) auto-inlcude a backlink to a global discussion page (default: on Meta).
4. maintain a page describing this announcement bot, in core langauges.
4a) as part of this process, keep a list of stock phrases translated
into every language. "announcement", "a discussion about <FOO> is
taking place on Meta", "Thank you, ~~~~", etc.
Is anyone working on something like this? Could we implement
something like this before the next round of Strategic Planning
updates? This seems like a year when we will need such an announce
feature - particularly in a fashion that encourages local community
discussion, something a sitenotice doesn't easily allow (it is
temporary and has no obvious talk page).
On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 9:23 PM, Philippe Beaudette
> The process is essentially the same as it would be for any
> translation. The problem with VP's is posting.... blech.... it takes
> a lot of time for me to do it. Pretty well kills a morning. I have
> heard rumors of a bot that can do it, but haven't seen it yet.
> On Oct 1, 2009, at 8:21 PM, Samuel Klein wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 9:14 PM, Samuel Klein <meta.sj(a)gmail.com>
>>> I'd be interested in leaving a personal message on the talk pages of
>>> the 1000 most active non-bot editors globally, intersected with the
>>> most active editors on each wiki, asking for their input in some way.
>>> These are people for whom the current projects are worth a good deal
>>> of interest and effort...
>> There's no terrible rush for this - we could calculate who this would
>> be, post the list, and discuss the idea of leaving a brief one liner
>> and a link to a request-for-input. We could probably centralize
>> this discussion on meta and link to it from the VP's of top projects.
>> Speaking of which -- Philippe & Casey, is there a scripted process for
>> posting a brief message intended for VP's, ask for translations, and
>> then roll out the message as translations come in (with backlinks to a
>> unified discussion page on meta)?
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