[Wikipedia-l] Re: [Wikitech-l] Hyperlink convention

Angela beesley at gmail.com
Thu Sep 30 21:18:48 UTC 2004

Wiki is supposed to be easy to edit. Having markup like the following
is going to be very off-putting to most users, and not only to

{-en-us " en-gb '-}IBM {-en-us has en-gb have-} announced that {-en-us
' en-gb "-}{-en-us eggplant en-gb aubergine-} should be {-en-us
spelled en-gb spelt-} with one g like {-en-us garbage en-gb rubbish-},
{-en-us analog en-gb analogue-}{-en-us , en-gb -} and {-en-us gray
en-gb grey-}{-en-us '. en-gb ."-}{-en-us " en-gb '-}

If the process was automated, problems would occur since you don't
want the sentence appearing as IBM having commented on the spelling of
aubergine when they haven't done so. An automated translation would
also suggest the word "rubbish" was spelt with a "g". Many similar
examples exist, such as "forward" which is sometimes "forwards" in
British English, but not always, so this really can't be automated.

Bring in other forms of English and the problem gets even more
complicated. Should we really have {-en-au Zucchini en-nz Courgette
en-us Zucchini en-gb Courgette en-ca Zucchini-}?

{-en-gb Angela}

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