Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Editing/Add key mapping for Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa to ULS

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Add key mapping for Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa to ULS

  • Problem: Recently I publicized a project within my local community that involve volunteers translating some particular words from English to some local Nigerian languages. I was surprised when everyone of the participant didn't know how to apply diacritics to their translations using their keyboard, even though they understand how it is used. I've been on Wikipedia for quite a while, and I still didn't have an appropriate solution for them on the spot. I understand that there might be some persons within those WP language communities that can do this well, but its either awareness level on it is still low, or its still not as easy or convenient as it should be. Some months ago, i contacted a major editor in one of the local languages on behalf of a new editor in my community on how the new editor can use those special characters, and the response I got was that I used use Google, and she provided me with a link on Google. This was not easy for me to understand, not to talk of explaining to another person. If we must consolidate contents in local languages, this is a concurrent issue. I think Hausa is the only local Nigerian language that doesn't need special characters. My email is full of translations for Yoruba and Igbo, but I can't use them or train volunteers on how to use them without an easy way of applying the diacritics.
  • Who would benefit: Any language Wikipedia that doesn't have a specialized keyboard for its words.
  • Proposed solution: Add support for Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa to the IME keyboard. It'll have a huge impact in editing those local language WP.
  • More comments:
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: HandsomeBoy (talk) 15:29, 4 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]


Thanks for the reply AKlapper and MusikAnimal (WMF), I'll be glad if my proposal is reworded to provide availability to include those languages.HandsomeBoy (talk) 23:30, 13 November 2018 (UTC) Regards. HandsomeBoy (talk) 23:30, 13 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
@HandsomeBoy: Great! I would suggest "Add key mapping for Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa to ULS". Does that sound okay? If so I'll be happy to move the proposal for you to the new name. MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 23:33, 13 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Hi HandsomeBoy, I have taken the liberty of renaming and rewording your proposal. Feel free to reword it more if anything looks off. Thanks for participating in the survey! MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 03:11, 15 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  • This is clearly an important thing to do. Yoruba has over 80 million native speakers, Igbo has 50 million, and Hausa (which sometimes uses tone marks) has 40-odd million native speakers and about half again as many using it as a second language, as it is a lingua franca. Obviously we also need an easier way for new users to find the key mappings they need and ask for them on Phab if they don't (have slightly changed the word selection of the proposal). HLHJ (talk) 00:38, 18 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

It's a good request, but I had already done this for Yoruba (and I can improve it if needed), and it can be done for Hausa and Igbo, too. It's a thing that will take less than a day once the layout is defined well, so it doesn't really need to be in the wishlist. The wishlist is for projects that take several weeks. So just contact me and we'll figure it out quickly. --Amir E. Aharoni (talk) 09:24, 27 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Hi User:HandsomeBoy,

This wish is now fulfilled :)


If you have any comments, please ping me :)

Thanks for asking this! --Amir E. Aharoni (talk) 07:10, 14 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]