Structured data on Commons: Multilingual captions beta testing

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Structured data on Commons: Multilingual captions beta testing

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The Structured Data on Commons team has begun beta testing of the first feature, multilingual file captions, and all community members are invited to test it out. Captions is based on designs discussed with the community [1][2] and the team is looking forward to hearing about testing.

***If all goes well during testing, captions will be turned on for Commons around the second week of January, 2019.***

Multilingual captions are plain text fields that provide brief, easily translatable details of a file in a way that is easy to create, edit, and curate. Captions are added during the upload process using the UploadWizard, or they can be added directly on any file page on Commons. Adding captions in multiple languages is a simple process that requires only a few steps.

The details:

  • There is [[mw:Help:File_captions|a help page available on how to use multilingual file captions]]

  • Testing will take place on Beta Commons. If you don’t yet have an account set up there, you’ll need one. (direct link: )

  • Beta Commons is a testbed, and not configured exactly like the real Commons site, so expect to see some discrepancies with UI elements like search

  • Structured Data introduces the potential for many important page changes to happen at once, which could flood the recent changes list. Because of this, Enhanced Recent Changes is enabled as it currently is at Commons, but with some user interface changes.

  • Feedback and commentary on the file caption functionality are welcome and encouraged on the discussion page for this post:

  • Some testing has already taken place and the team are aware of some issues. A list of known issues can be seen below

  • If you discover a bug/issue that is not covered in the known issues, please file a ticket on Phabricator and tag it with the “Multimedia” tag. Use [ this link to file a new task] already tagged with "Multimedia."

Known issues:

Keegan Peterzell
Community Relations Specialist
Wikimedia Foundation

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