Requests for new languages/Wikisource Javanese

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Javanese Wikisource[edit]

main page Request for a new language edition: Wikisource Javanese
submitted verification final decision
Applications-system.svg This language has been verified as eligible.
The language is eligible for a project, which means that the subdomain can be created once there is an active community and a localized interface, as described in the language proposal policy. You can discuss the creation of this language project on this page.

Once the criteria are met, the language committee can proceed with the approval.

If you think the criteria are met, but the project is still waiting for approval, feel free to notify the committee and ask them to consider its approval.

  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics). 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 jv (SILGlottolog) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Javanese Language name in English
Language name Basa Jawa 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 Q33549 - item has currently the following values:
  • en label = Javanese
  • native label (P1705) = Basa Jawa, Jawa
  • instance/subclass (P31/P279) = language, modern language / Western Malayo-Polynesian languages, Sunda–Sulawesi languages
  • Wikimedia language code (P424) = jv
  • writing system (P282) = Latin script, Pegon alphabet, Kawi script, Javanese script, Javanese Latin alphabet
  • number of speakers (P1098) = 84,308,740

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 "Wikisource" in your language
Project namespace usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace "Wikisource 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 File:... 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 (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)


  • Number of speakers: 80–100 million total (including second language speakers)
  • Locations spoken: Java (Indonesia), Suriname, New Caledonia


Arguments in favour[edit]

  1. Support The Javanese language has been written since 804 AD and there are literally thousands of works written in this language spanning 12 centuries. For example, at the Leiden University Library alone there are more than 18.000 codices from Indonesia[1], a great majority of them written in the various forms of the Javanese language. So it would be no more than obvious if there would be a Wikisource in this language. At the multilingual Wikisource we have already done some work. Some have worked on the Bible, others on the Koran and still some others on Hindu and Buddhist texts. So we already have a variety of texts. Meursault2004 16:07, 20 October 2008 (UTC)
  2. Support Same like Meursault2004 Azmi1995 10:13, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
  3. Support It's a important languague. Mikhailov Kusserow (talk) 06:32, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  4. Support Agree. Abundant Javanese historical sources and literature (to include those at Leiden University), could be perished sooner or later if not being made public, maintained properly and immediately.Pras 23:07, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  5. Support Agree, there are not so many reliable resouces in the Internet for Javanese language. --Anggoro 04:22, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  6. Support I support this. Pelita 10:11, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  7. Support Good idea. It will be useful. TracySurya 14:41, 30 October 2008 (UTC)
  8. Support Javanese language has a rich literal work, from Negarakertagama to Sastra Gending Mimihitam 09:08, 27 March 2010 (UTC)
  9. Support Bennylin 09:11, 27 May 2010 (UTC)
  10. Support per above--Andrijko Z. 20:51, 8 January 2011 (UTC)
  11. Support It's been a while not seen any wikisource from Indonesia. This will bring many more sources to the wikipedia. Joseagush (talk) 07:28, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
  12. Support Seeing that Javanese language has many literature that is in public domain, the creation of Javanese Wikisource will make it easier for people accessing these contents, in plaintext specifically. I'm in favor for this request. Labdajiwa (talk) 11:15, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

Arguments against[edit]

General discussion[edit]

In future, actually I also would like to see pages in Javanese script. At this moment it is not yet possible although Unicode already reserved space for Javanese (and the related Balinese) script. Javanese texts are also commonly written with Balinese and Arabic script. Meursault2004 14:33, 1 November 2008 (UTC)

Currently I'm creating a Narayam "keyboard" to type Javanese text, and it's available as of now in Meta, Incubator, and Translatewiki. Example: ꦨ​ꦱ​ꦗ​ꦮ​ which I type without 3rd party software. (if you can't read it, see jv:Pitulung:Aksara Jawa) Bennylin 14:25, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

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