On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 6:42 PM, Jesse Plamondon-Willard
> On MetaWiki we implemented an overhauled user language template
> system, which only uses one meta-template with subpage localizations
> (see <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:User_language>). It
> includes a well-defined set of levels (unlike the old babel system),
> uses only one sorted category per language, and has various other
> improvements made possible with ParserFunctions. The babel system was
> phased out on MetaWiki long ago; see
Now that looks like *exactly* how this system should work. Good job
to Meta. There's definitely no need for an extension here that
anyone's pointed out.
Like any extension, the Babel extension has its documentation on the
Mediawiki.org website :) The extension is in use on Betawiki itself, yes we
eat our own dogfood :) We are happy with its functionality, it is
As to comments or discussion, there is already a page on Meta.. there has
also been a lot of discussion so far has been largely on IRC.
On Tue, Jul 1, 2008 at 8:38 PM, effe iets anders <effeietsanders(a)gmail.com>
> Hi Gerard,
> thanks for asking for comments. Where can we find the
> proposal/explanation/code and where to put those comments? :)
> BR, Lodewijk
> 2008/7/1 Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijssen(a)gmail.com>:
> > Hoi.
> > The Babel templates are widely used on the Wikimedia Foundation's wikis.
> > Implementing them is a lot of work; you need more then 1000 templates
> > to cover the languages that the Wikimedia Foundation supports in its
> > projects. Several Wikis have templates to support additional languages.
> > the bigger projects this is no longer an issue as the templates have
> > been created, but for many of the smaller projects getting the Babel
> > information implemented is a lot of work. It would be great if the time
> > could be saved to do something that is really useful like writing
> > At Betawiki we have been working hard to create a Babel extension. The
> > news of an extension is, that there is no need to do anything but
> > the extension. We currently think that the software is at a state where
> > would like to invite the last comments leading to the implementation on
> > the WMF wikis.
> > Thanks,
> > Gerard
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