Arctic Knot Conference 2021/Submissions/Translating the Most used MediaWiki messages: Success stories and improvements

One of the conditions to create the first Wikimedia wiki in a new language is 100% translation of the "Most important" MediaWiki messages (also known as "Most used"). Some language communities struggle to complete this condition, but some succeed. This presentation will show:

  • Why is this translation important in the first place.
  • Recent completions of the Most important messages the Dagbani, Tyap, and some other languages: What different things did the translators do to achieve this.
  • What has been done recently to make completing this task easier for everyone.
  • What big new things can and should be done in the future to make it even more convenient and relevant.
Main video
Additional short video
Submission no.
Title of the submission
Translating the Most used MediaWiki messages: Success stories and improvements
Author of the submission
  • Sadik Shahadu - Dagbani translator and community organizer (Ghana)
  • Kambai Akau - Tyap translator, teacher, and lexicographer (Nigeria)
  • Zwandien Bobai - Tyap translator (Nigeria)
  • Amir E. Aharoni - Hebrew translator, translatewiki administrator, and Language committee member (Israel)
Submission format
Pre-recorded video presentation (30 minutes)
Language of presentation
English, and some Russian, Dagbani, and Tyap (we'll provide the translations)
E-mail address
Country of origin
Ghana, Nigeria, Israel
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)
What will attendees take away from this session?
  • Learn how to translate the user interface in an organized and efficient manner, with tips that are relevant for individual wiki editors as well as for chapters and user groups.
  • Get a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes of new wiki creation.
Theme of session
Empowering wiki communities
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

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