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External Translate
idea creator:
project contact:
ExternalTranslate@gryllida.fastmail.fm
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summary:
Translate tab to translate to a different wiki instance.
created on: 13:34, 28 December 2013

Project idea[edit]

A new Translate tab for articles at Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, and other projects.

Interface[edit]

  • New Translate tab

Meta External Translate Tab.png

  • Dictionary — a floating box to query phrases in source language and obtain their translations.

Meta External Translate Dict.png

  • Translation interface:
    • Language to translate to: [INPUT BOX]
    • Headline in target language: [INPUT BOX]
    • Per-paragraph main translation area with preview for each.
    • Preview all button.

There is a start at wmtran. There are several things to do to bring the idea to completion:

  • Shape it into a gadget with a Translate tab. It would have to talk to two wikis at once.
  • Add ability to load content from a target wiki so the user can save an unfinished translation and can continue at any time by loading two pages in the tool.
  • Add option to do large chunk translate (in one block, not per-paragraph).

Project goals[edit]

  • Add translation functionality to all contributors. Currently translation process is entirely manual.
  • Relief from manual look-up of translations of phrases, such as Earth in English is Земля in Russian: you can check that manually by loading the page and moving mouse over the interwiki, but in practice, you only need the interwiki. Similarly for words at Wiktionary.

Integration[edit]

VisualEditor[edit]

VisualEditor users can type content easily. Why not also be able to translate?

MobileFrontend[edit]

Mobile users have a big fat 'Read in another language' button, but not a 'Translate' one. They will be happy to use it! Smiley.svg

Get involved[edit]

Welcome, brainstormers! Your feedback on this idea is welcome. Please click the "discussion" link at the top of the page to start the conversation and share your thoughts.

Support[edit]

Add a * and your signature as desired if you'd not like to write a comment. Otherwise just use the talk page at leisure. Thanks!

mw:Content translation[edit]

As already said, this is an existing software project of the WMF Language engineering team. --Nemo 08:54, 29 December 2013 (UTC)

Missed this being said before. I expected a WMF team to work on this, and I have left them a comment on their talk page. I appreciate your pointer. Gryllida (talk) 09:44, 29 December 2013 (UTC)


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