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Thread titleRepliesLast modified
About MediaWiki:Timedmedia-started-transcode/en008:08, 30 August 2011
about MediaWiki:Timedmedia-and008:08, 30 August 2011
Unclear Timed Media Handler messages008:08, 30 August 2011
Add Media Wizard i18n517:39, 29 June 2010

What are $1 and $2? If $1 is one of:

then won't the lack of a number for singular, cause a problem in the English version?

Hamilton Abreu22:33, 3 June 2011

about MediaWiki:Timedmedia-and

Please document parameter $1 in this message:

Thank you.

Amir E. Aharoni10:15, 11 June 2011

Unclear Timed Media Handler messages

These two messages are unclear in English and need to be documented:

Thank you.

Amir E. Aharoni13:07, 21 August 2011

Add Media Wizard i18n

Hi, thanks for your reply at mediawiki.org. Some of the points I have in mind are these:

  • Some "lego" or "patchwork messaging" has been introduced (see list below). It would be great if this can be replaced by multiple full sentences in later releases. Please check the initial subsections of Internationalization hints for more details.
  • Few if no variables are described here at translatewiki.net. Sometimes one can make an educated guess, most of the time it's a nightmare. It would be great if you could go through all messages and describe all existing variables, in a corresponding /qqq for each message with variables.
  • Of particular immediate importance, are the following:
  1. What goes in these variables? Is it fogg-please-install-install-linktext ("Install Firefogg") and fogg-please-install-about-linktext ("about Firefogg")? Other messages? Which?
  2. Is fogg-please-install-install-linktext ("Install Firefogg") going to be the visible text of a link? If it is, it will need to be translated differently than it would, if it was used as plain text.
  3. As a side note (actually, a central note :): A single message "[$1 Install Firefogg]. More [$2 about Firefogg]" for each possible installation would respond to the above and more all by itself.
  1. What goes into $1? Is it one of rsd-this_wiki-title ("[[:MediaWiki:Rsd-this wiki-title/en]]") or rsd-this_wiki-desc ("[[:MediaWiki:Rsd-this wiki-desc/en]]")?
  2. I guess that $2 will be mwe-local-upload-policy-link ("local upload policy"). If that is the case, shouldn't it be preceded by a "the"?
  • mwe-not-logged-in-uploads ("You may not be logged in, so no recent uploads can be displayed. [$1 Please login] and [$2 try again].")
  1. What goes in these variables? Is it mwe-loggin-link ("Please login") and mwe-try-again-link ("try again")? If that is the case, doesn't the word "login" appear twice in the sentence?
  1. What token is this referring to? Please answer in sufficient detail so I can identify it sufficiently to look for its translation, because I haven't the foggiest idea.
  1. What in God's name are $1, $2 and $3? <title> <number> of <number>, <title>
  1. What is local, the resource or the title? The current Spanish translation says "Title of local resource" and I recently changed the Portuguese translation from that to "Local title of resource" (because it makes more sense to me). If it is the title, consider changing it to "Local title of resource"

Finally, to end on a lighter note, hundreds of people around the world are, or will be at some point in time, guessing the answers to these questions (and possibly many more). Anything you can do to help, such as documenting all variables here, documenting whether any messages really need to be short and sweet (like button names, etc.), providing screen shots that at least show the real use of most of the messages (either here or at mediawiki.org), would contribute greatly to help the effort of those people and to make the extension truly usable in all the languages. Please consider spending a little of your time on this, as the benefits are potentially multiplied by the hundreds. Much appreciated for any time you can dedicate to it.

Hamilton Abreu12:41, 15 May 2010


  1. This ends in a comma. Is it combined with other messages, and how?
Hamilton Abreu19:21, 15 May 2010

Thanks for outlining these issues, and thank you for helping translate these extensions.

I will try and address the above mentioned issues soon. Some things like how the links are done are tricky because its done in javascript. But I will see if I can come up with something to support the [$1 Link Text] convention.

Also would be good to improve documentation for msgs like "$1 $2 to $3"

Mdale02:13, 16 May 2010

Thanks for your kind answer, Mdale. Anything that I can do to help, or indeed anyone else, please let us know.

Hamilton Abreu13:29, 16 May 2010

There are more unclear variables in Add Media Wizard - Add Media message group:

What messages the variables stand in the following messages for?

  • mwe-error-not-loggedin-file $1?
  • mwe-upload-once-done $1? $2?
  • mwe-ie-inline-upload $1? $2?
  • mwe-no-import-by-url
  • mwe-not-logged-in-uploads $1? $2?, see also above in the first message of Hamilton Abreu
  • mwe-warning-upload-to-commons $2?, see also above in the first message of Hamilton Abreu

And which message follows message mwe-i-would-like-to?

Michawiki18:19, 20 May 2010

these message issues should be resolved with the new [$1 link text] syntax. I will dive into fixing them soon.

Mdale17:39, 29 June 2010