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Torchlight kopete.png is ae localisation platform fer owersetin communities, leid communities, n free n apen soorce projects. It stairted oot wi localisation fer MediaWiki. Later. support wis added fer MediaWiki extensions, FreeCol n ither free n apen soorce projects. See the compleate leet o supported projects. isna pairt o the Wikimedia Foondation projects, or o onie foondation or apen soorce project. It's rin bi Nike n Siebrand, wha ar baith deveelopers n hae conseederable experience in i18n n L10n, n ither staff memmers ava. The owersetin functionalitie is provided bi the MediaWiki extension Owerset. This wiki aye contains experimental code, n micht be broken nou n than. Please be patient, problems ar uisuallie dealt wi quicklie. Issues can be reported at the support page.


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Why uise

Yinlie some key points here. See mair aneat Owerset in the documentation; n why ye shid owerset oor projects, in their pages.

  • The best owersetin tuil available oan the wab. Aw localisation updates happen oan aen easie interface, n thaur ar fawk aroond wha can heelp owerseters. Whan makin aen owerset, hints tae unnerstaund its correct meanin n uise ar provided, aes weel aes suggestions fae owersetin memerie/machine owersetin services.
  • Naw parteecular preevileges needed, awbodie can contreebute. Awbodie that can contreebute in ae leid (see ablo) is permited tae heelp wi the localisation o that leid.
  • Keepin track o chynges is easie. Onowerset messages arna the Yinlie easilie foond: whanever the soorce tex chynges, the affected owersets ar tagged fer easie identifeecation. Owerseters dinna hae tae spend time diggin fer whit needs daein.

Enable yer saffware project oan gif it's no yet.

Luikower o methyd

  • Oan owerseters owerset the interface o safware fer products whaur the Ingils tex strings hae been isolated fae the code n hae been organized intil indiveedual "messages".
  • Whan ae new project joins, the Ingils soorce messages ar imported. Further new Ingils messages ar imported fae time til time.
  • Owersetins can be maakit fer ilka message in ae separate subpage o the Ingils oreeginal fer ilka leid, /xxx fer leid code xxx.
  • Sub-pages named /qqq ar uised fer message documentation. The documentation is written manualie n is uisualie o better qualitie whaur guid communication exeests wi the oreeginal saffware deveelooper team. Gif soorce code comments ar pairt o ae saffware waurk, these ar displeyed in the owersetin interface ava.
  • Owerseters mak suggestions tae impruiv or correct aen oreeginal Ingils message, or adapt it tae support localisation. Gif agreed, these ar implemented either bi members that ar deveeloopers oan the reelevant waurk ava, or reported til the project deveeloopers.
  • Compleated owersets fer ilka leid ar "commeetted" til the projects bi staff, aes suin aes the total nummer o owersets fer ae project in that leid haes passed the threshaud agreed fer that project. Fer frequencie o committin n threshauds see the waurk pages.
  • The saffware release o owersets that hae been commeetted til ae project is controlled n executed bi the project admeenistraters n is oot o the hauns o
  • Owerseters warkin oan MediaWiki forby owerset speecial page names, magic wairds n namespaces, uisin the page Extended MediaWiki owersetin.
  • Whan ae new lied is set up at, eitems localised at the stairt inclæde the screept n its direction, n ae fawback leid; ither localised eitems can inclæde date/time format, nummer format, n PLURAL, GRAIMMER n GENDER functions. Convergence wi
CLDR localisation data is bein conseedered. At present the yinlie data taen directlie fae CLDR til, n oan til MediaWiki, ar localised leid names.

Copiericht n disclaimers

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Uise the owersets in at yer ain risk. Thay'r intended tae be uisefu but canna guarantee the valeeditie o the content foond here. n its eiditers dina provide onie warrantie oan the contents whitsaeever, whither expressed, implied, or statutair, inclædin, but no limited til, onie warrantie o merchantabeelitie or fitness fer ae parteecular purpose or onie warrantie that the contents will be mistak-free.

Owersets bi owerseters ar licensed CC-BY 3.0, n derivateeve warks can forby be licensed unner the licenses o the respecteeve Free n Apen Soorce waurks the owersets hae been or will be added til. Content o uiser pages ar conseedered tae be "Aw richts is hained" bi the auther. Aw ither content is licensed CC-BY 3.0 onless ae different license or copiericht is stated expleecitlie.


Mediawiki-logo.png stairted durin 2006 aes ae test wiki, deveelooped bi Nike, in collaboration wi Gangleri, aes aen internationalisation tuil fer the localisation o the MediaWiki saffware. It stairted unner the name Betawiki, n this became at the stairt o 2009, follaein the site being muived til virtual server hostin unner its ain domain name, oan 9th November 2007. Bi October 2007 wis contreebuting til localisation in aboot 70 leids, n this bi Juin 2010 had grawn til 329 lieds. Hou the nummer o leids haes grawn is veesible in the buird o owersetin milestanes passed fer MediaWiki. Bi Januair 2010 aen upgrade wis needed til the server capacitie, tae cope wi the increase in acteevitie. Netcup haes generooslie hosted sin November 2007.

Ither free n apen soorce waurks hae been graduallie added til, stairtin wi FreeCol in August 2007. Bi Juin 2010 the nummer o waurks supported had grawn til 16.

Contreebuters til ar aw volunteers, except fer yin staff memmer wha receeves fundin fer pairt o his time (see fundin ablo). Deveeloopers, admeenistraters n owerseters were at first recruited fae MediaWiki projects, especiallie Wikimedia. Maist o oor contreebuters still arrive here bi wa o MediaWiki, but wi mair projects arrivin aw the time, MediaWiki isna the yinlie soorce o contreebuters onie langer. Bi Juin 2010, the nummer o registered owerseters wis 1,860.

In collaboration wi Stichtin Apen Progress n FUDforum, haes arranged several owersetin rallies wi boonties fer owersetsers available, tae impruiv the localisation o MediaWiki n FUDforum.

The aims o ar descreebed oan the Introduction. Technological aids fer owerseters ar descreebed oan the Technologie page. These aids are continuallie bein expanded n impruived apo in order tae mak the owersetin wark aes effeecient aes possible. Current site needs n deveeloopment ar descreebed oan Issues n features.


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  • is kyndlie hosted bi Netcup – wabspace n vServer, at thair expense sin November 2007, wi upgrades in Febuair 2008 n Januair 2010.
  • Google Ads were introduced in August 2008, but sae faur this haes generated ver little si'ler - less than EUR 150.
  • Stichtin Apen Progress hae fae time til time organized fundin fer owersetin rallies tae impruiv the localisation o MediaWiki, aes explained abuin.
  • In October 2009 the Wikimedia Foondation contracted Siebrand tae wark yin day ae week oan fer yin year.

Fawk ahint

Core team

Core team memmers ar involved awmaist dailie rinnin They have access til the servers ava n are responseeble fer makin things rin wi aes few problems aes possible. Fer mair information please consult thair indiveedual uiser pages.

Foonder, maistlie deveeloopment wark
Communitie manager, waurk coordinater, deveelooper
Owersetin committer fer MediaWiki, deveelooper
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We forby depend oan the wark dun bi ither memmers o oor communitie:

  • Gangleri – earlie veesionair, naw langer acteeve
  • GerardM – Ambassater, publeecitie uisin direct contact, blogs, StatusNet, Twitter
  • Aw contacts in indiveedual waurks
  • Aw owerseters n ither memmers o this waurk


Aw contreebuters ar organized intil varioos groups, aw groups haein thair ain preevileges. Like ither wikis, fawk that register oan the wiki ar cawed Uisers. Uisers ar autæmaticlie confirmed 4 days efter registering, permiting them tae send wab-mails til ither uisers. Admeenistraters hae mair preevileges, mainlie concerned wi protectin the site fae vandalism. Bureaucrats hae some mair preevileges, inclædin grantin n remuivin normal uiser richts, but ar granted bureaucrat status bi memmers o the Staff group. Bots ar uiser accoonts that can perform tasks autæmaticlie. The Import richt, permitin ae uiser tae import pages fae ither wikis, is rarelie uised here.

In addition to these usual groups, also has user groups special to its purpose. The Translators can edit in protected namespaces, using the translate interface. Some translators can work offline on their translations. The Staff group are the overall managers of this site. They import the messages to be translated and commit completed translations to the projects which use They can amend the English source messages directly on some projects, including MediaWiki. They manage all aspects of the software used here.

The rights attached to each user group are listed on the page User Group Rights. Lists of the members of each group can be viewed on the page User list.

Contact us

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You can leave a message on our main discussion page at Support. If you prefer live discussion then try out our IRC channel #mediawiki-i18n at freenode. Not preferred, but if needed for security or privacy reasons, you can use e-mail as a method of contact at "translatewiki AT xs4all DOT nl" - replace "AT" with "@" and "DOT" with ".", and remove spaces as well from the e-mail address.

  • You can discuss issues concerning a particular language with its translators on the talk page of the language portal.
  • You can discuss issues concerning a particular project with its supporters and the developer liaison on the talk page of the project page.
  • You can discuss issues with individual users on their user talk page, or by e-mail (click on the e-mail link in the sidebar on a user page), if they have chosen to allow e-mail.