Re: Multilingual Content (was: (Media)Wiki use by SoC projects)
> Of course MW's showing is excellent - and a bit scary. I will be very
> happy when all these typically English-only wikis become fully capable of
> accepting multilingual content -- this could benefit _huge_ numbers of
> people outside the Wikimedia community, where we achieve multilingualism
> through a complex multi-database setup that most sites will not care to
Just curious, what do you see as the type of issues that exist with regards
to accepting multilingual content?
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Multi-lingual wiki is a right pain in the ****. Setting up a single
language wiki is ease itself (well done folks). Setting up a multi-lingual
wiki is a nightmare (maybe if Jimbo and others worked in a multiligual
enviroment like Belgium life would be different).
* for every language you have to set up a new database (even if it is part
of the same single database, I still have to go through the setup)
* I have to have a separate copy of the MediaWiki code for every language or
figure out the wizardry to use a single version with different LocalSettings
* I have to figure out how I'm going to sort out the problem of multiple
signons (each language will have separate signons - that is just so NOT what
you want when you just want a site in 2 languages (say).
I am in Belgium where every site is always in French and Dutch and I am
gradually figuring out each of the gotchas for my site www.treekee.com.
Next I want to figure out how to do it simply for a truly multinational site
It should ideally be as easy as saying, in LocalSettings.php, this is the
list of languages I want supported:
$langsSupported = array("en", "fr", "de", "pl", "zh");
$defaultLang = "en";
It's not. It's just a nightmare.
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> Just curious, what do you see as the type of issues that exist with
> to accepting multilingual content?