I started working on the Gujarati translations in Betawiki a few days back. http://translatewiki.net/wiki/Special:Contributions/Aksi_great . The biggest hurdle in translation for me is that there aren't any words for some terms in Gujarati (eg. password, username, login, logout, etc). I guess I'll take a look at what hi.wiki are doing and follow suit. I think it would be better if we model all translations based on the bigger Indian wikis like Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Bengali, etc.
To all those who speak Gujarati, please help me out at Betawiki. You'll find http://translatewiki.net/wiki/Translating:Intro to be very useful.
India is a big country populated by many people speaking many languages. It is no surprise that there are many wikipedias in languages spoken in India. As you are active in organising a chapter for the Wikimedia Foundation, I want to ask your collaboration on the localisation for the Indian languages in MediaWiki. When you look at the statistics for the localisation of MediaWiki and its extensions, you will find that the Indian languages are not really supported. This in marked contrast with the experience when you visit for instance the hi.wikipedia.org.
I want to ask you to collaborate on the central localisation of MediaWiki in the "BetaWiki". Central localisation has big advantages, a user interface will be properly supported in all Wikimedia Foundation projects and the language will also be supported in Wikis outside of the Wikimedia Foundation. At the moment more then hundred MediaWiki extensions are supported in MediaWiki. Some are of specific importance for projects or languages. As BetaWiki is appreciated more and more as the place to be for MediaWiki localisation, this number grows and with it the potential for collaboration.
The first step is to import the existing localisation from your active projects in to BetaWiki. The next step is to make sure that all the messages do not contain information that is specific to Wikipedia so that it is indeed useful in other projects. Localisation of MediaWiki is important and this makes it a requirement for new projects in a language. What is of more relevance is that it is easier to edit a Wiki when the user interface is consistent from one project to the next.
When we make it easier for people to read and edit MediaWiki, we will grow the community of people that make our projects a success.
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