Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Elfdalian 2

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Eligible language. You are encouraged to contribute on incubator:Wp/ovd. --Millosh (talk) 03:44, 20 February 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 ovd (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Elfdalian Language name in English
Language name övdalsk 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 Q254950 - 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 LTR 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 "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace wikipedia usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace wikipedia akudiringg "Wikipedia talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads no 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 Europe/Stockholm (GMT+1) "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
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I think Elfdalian would a good edition to Wikipedia since it is an endangered language that needs preserving. It also has a unique writing system that could add flavour to Wikipedia. It would also be interesting to see how Elfdalian is related to Old Norse, Swedish, Norwegian etc. - --HorseSnack (talk)


  • There was Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Elfdalian. --Jura1 (talk) 17:16, 15 February 2016 (UTC)[reply]
    @Jura1: The first request was rejected because in that year Elfdalian did not have an ISO 639-3 code, but now it has a code. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 13:56, 3 August 2016 (UT
  • Note that Wikipedia gives the impression that the Latin alphabet is used for Elfdalian in modern times, not Runes. --Prosfilaes (talk) 22:23, 20 February 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  • Martin Wiss I have been contacted by members of Språkförsvaret and, to make preparations for work on the incubator version of the Elfdalian wiki, because of the new ISO 639-3 code: ovd. I see that you have already started the work here, great! We need to get started creating the user interface and the incubator wiki. I will contact native speakers from Ulum Dalska to get the work started. I suggest using the standardized latinized ortography, such as used in this dictionary: http://ä
    • There is more than one commonly used orthography. The one used in Älvdalsk ordbok is different to the one which Råðdjärum developed, which is different from the one used in the main grammar book. Lundgren8 (talk) 21:06, 24 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
      • Martin Wiss yes, there are at least three different ways to write with latin letters. I think we cannot decide, instead we will just have to wait and see which ortography will be used most.
  • Martin Wiss Translatewiki portal have been created:
  • Martin Wiss Request for new translation language have been posted at Translatewiki support.
  • Martin Wiss Translatewiki added support for Elfdalian.
  • Martin Wiss 2017-05-24: Information about the incubator version, have been posted on two facebook groups for speakers of Elfalian. Peaple are encouraged to contribute.

Localisation update[edit]