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Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Braille

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submitted verification final decision

This proposal has been rejected.
This decision was taken by the language committee in accordance with the Language proposal policy based on the discussion on this page.

A committee member provided the following comment:

Braille is not a language, but a writing system for languages. Unlike the Sign languages, Braille could be relatively easily transliterated from particular written language. I suggest creating an initiative to make Braille accessible on regular Wikimedia projects pages; for example Wikipedia in Braille. --Millosh (talk) 13:00, 20 January 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics, recent changes). It is generally considered active if the analysis lists at least three active, not-grayed-out editors listed in the sections for the previous few months.
  • The community needs to complete required MediaWiki interface translations in that language (about localization, translatewiki, check completion).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Language code  (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Braille Language name in English
Language name ⠃⠗⠁⠊⠇⠇⠑ Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q79894 - item has currently the following values:
Item about the language at Wikidata. It would normally include the Wikimedia language code, name of the language, etc. Please complete at Wikidata if needed.
Directionality no indication Is the language written from left to right (LTR) or from right to left (RTL)?
Links Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.

Project name ⠺⠊⠅⠊⠏⠑⠙⠊⠁ "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace ⠺⠊⠅⠊⠏⠑⠙⠊⠁ usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace ⠺⠊⠅⠊⠏⠑⠙⠊⠁⠀⠞⠁⠇⠅ "Wikipedia talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads yes Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
If you want, you can enable local file uploading, either by any user ("yes") or by administrators only ("admin").
Notes: (1) This setting can be changed afterwards. The setting can only be "yes" or "admin" at approval if the test creates an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) first. (2) Files on Commons can be used on all Wikis. (3) Uploading fair-use images is not allowed on Commons (more info). (4) Localisation to your language may be insufficient on Commons.
Optional settings
Project logo This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).
Default project timezone Continent/City "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example, a Wikisource would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk", "Author", "Author talk".
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit Phabricator task. It will include everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings. After creating the task, add a link to the comment.


Braille is not a language, it's a script which can be used to write many languages. It's not clear to me how useful it would be (I would expect people who use braille to be using a screen reader connected to braille display which can already convert their language to braille), but if there is a good reason to add braille output, then it should be done as part of existing Wikipedias. - Nikki (talk) 15:31, 5 December 2016 (UTC)[reply]