Translatewiki.net is a localization platform for translation communities, language communities, and free and open source projects. It started out with localization for MediaWiki. Later support was added for MediaWiki extensions, FreeCol and other free and open source projects. See the complete list of supported projects.
Translatewiki.net is not part of the Wikimedia Foundation projects, nor of any foundation or open source project. It is run by Nike and Siebrand, who are both developers and have considerable experience in i18n and L10n, as well as other staff members. The translation functionality is provided by the MediaWiki extension Translate. This wiki always contains experimental code, and may be broken occasionally. Please be patient, problems are usually dealt with quickly. Issues can be reported at the support page.
Why use translatewiki.net
- The best translation tool available on the web. All localization updates happen on an easy interface, and there are people around who can help translators. When making a translation, hints to understand its correct meaning and use are provided, as well as suggestions from translation memory/machine translation services.
- No particular privileges required, everyone can contribute. Everyone who can contribute in a language (see below) is allowed to help with the localisation of that language.
- Keeping track of changes is easy. Untranslated messages are not the only easily found: whenever the source text changes, the affected translations are tagged for easy identification. Translators do not have to spend time digging what needs doing.
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Overview of translatewiki.net method
- On translatewiki.net translators translate the interface of software for products where the English text strings have been isolated from the code and have been organized into individual "messages".
- When a new project joins, the English source messages are imported as well as any existing translations. New and changes English messages are imported multiple times a day.
- Message documentation is written manually and is usually of better quality where good communication exists with the original software developer team. If source code comments are part of a software project, these are also displayed in the translation interface.
- Translators make suggestions to improve or correct an original English message, or adapt it to support localisation. If agreed, these are either implemented by translatewiki.net members who are also developers on the relevant project, or reported to the project developers.
- Completed translations for each language are "committed" to the projects by translatewiki.net staff, as soon as the total number of translations for a project in that language has passed the threshold agreed for that project. For frequency of committing and thresholds see the project page of the project in question.
- The software release of translations which have been committed to a project is controlled and executed by the project administrators and is out of the hands of translatewiki.net.
Copyright and disclaimers
Use the translations in translatewiki.net at your own risk. They are intended to be useful but translatewiki.net cannot guarantee the validity of the content found here.
Translatewiki.net and its editors do not provide any warranty on the contents whatsoever, whether expressed, implied, or statutory, including, but not limited to, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty that the contents will be error-free.
Translations by translators are licensed CC BY 3.0, and derivative works may also be licensed under the licenses of the respective Free and Open Source projects the translations have been or will be added to. Content of user pages are considered to be "All rights reserved" by the author. All other content is licensed CC BY 3.0 unless a different license or copyright is stated explicitly.
Translatewiki.net started during 2006 as a test wiki, developed by Niklas Laxström, in collaboration with Gangleri, as an internationalisation tool for the localisation of the MediaWiki software. It started under the name Betawiki, which became translatewiki.net at the beginning of 2009, following the site being moved to virtual server hosting under its own domain name, on 9th November 2007. By October 2007 translatewiki.net was contributing to localisation in around 70 languages, which by June 2010 had grown to 329 languages. How the number of languages has grown is visible in the table of translation milestones passed for MediaWiki. By January 2010 an upgrade was needed to the server capacity, to cope with the increase in activity. Netcup has generously hosted translatewiki.net since November 2007.
Other free and open source projects have gradually been added to translatewiki.net, starting with FreeCol in August 2007. By June 2010 the number of projects supported has grown to 16.
Most contributors to translatewiki.net are volunteers. Developers, administrators and translators were recruited initially from MediaWiki projects, especially Wikimedia. Most of our contributors still arrive here via MediaWiki, but with more projects arriving all the time, MediaWiki is no longer the only source of contributors. By June 2010, the number of registered translators is 1,860. In June 2018, the number of registered translators is 19,000.
In collaboration with Stichting Open Progress and FUDforum, translatewiki.net has arranged several translation rallies with bounties for translators available, to improve the localisation of MediaWiki and FUDforum.
- In 2008 the Dutch NGO Hivos provided funding via Stichting Open Progress. The grant was to be used to provide bounties for translations in a list of 70 to 80 languages spoken in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that had a sizable number of speakers, but insufficient support in MediaWiki.
- At the end of 2008 an end of year translation rally open to all translators was held.
- During August 2009 another translation rally was organized, funded by Wikimedia Nederland, the Dutch Wikimedia chapter.
- Wikimedia Nederland also funded the 2009 end of year rally.
The aims of translatewiki.net are described on the Introduction. Technological aids to translators are described on the Technology page. These aids are continually being expanded and improved in order to make the translation work as efficient as possible. Current site needs and development are described on Phabricator.
- Translatewiki.net is kindly hosted by Netcup – webspace and vServer, at their expense since November 2007, with upgrades in February 2008, January 2010, October 2013, and July 2015.
- Stichting Open Progress and others have from time to time organized funding for translation rallies to improve the localisation of MediaWiki and others, as explained above.
- In 2012 the Wikimedia Foundation Language team worked on a project called Translation UX in which the translatewiki.net main page and our translation interface were replaced by modern, professionally designed and user tested versions.
- Niklas Laxström and Siebrand Mazeland are or have been working for the Wikimedia Foundation and have contributed to translatewiki.net during their work time.
People behind translatewiki.net
Core team members are involved almost daily running translatewiki.net. They also have access to the servers and are responsible for making things run with as few problems as possible. For more information please consult their individual user pages.
- Niklas Laxström
- Founder, all kinds of work
- Siebrand Mazeland
- Community manager, project coordinator, developer
- Raimond Spekking
- Translation committer for MediaWiki, developer
We also depend on the work done by other members of our community:
- Gangleri – Early visionary. No longer active.
- GerardM – Ambassador, publicity using direct contact, blogs, StatusNet, Twitter. No longer active.
- All contacts in individual projects
- All translators and other members of this project
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 email address email@example.com
- 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.