Requests for new languages/Wiktionary Multimedia
|←main page||Request for a new language edition: Wiktionary Multimedia|
- 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||zxx (SIL, Ethnologue)||A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...|
|Language name||Multimedia||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||Q131765 - 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)?|
|Project name||"Wiktionary" in your language|
|Project namespace||usually the same as the project name|
|Project talk namespace||"Wiktionary 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.
|Project logo||File:Wiktionary-logo-portal.svg||This needs to be an SVG image (instructions for logo creation).|
|Default project timezone||Etc/UTC||"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|
Currently, all wiktionary projects are trying to explain words in one languages using words in either the language itself or using words in other languages.
For illiterate or barely literate users, including people who have not received sufficient education, have disability, young kids, or new foreign language learners, it might not be the best approach to explain words using other words that they might not know. Show them the concept non-verbally using multimedia might be a better approach, just like some pictorial dictionaries around.
In addition, sometimes some concepts are really difficult to explain through words, and it's better to show readers seeking to understand them using images or video or audio chips, especially for noun and verb and onomatopoeia and also some other words.
Note 1: Currently, some wiktionary articles have already been decorated with multimedia images/video/audio chips, however their functionality are mainly to help explaining the concept instead of trying to show the concept without relying on languages, and those multimedia addition are also limited to a few specific phases in a few language editions, which is bad for both expected use cases as described above, user access, and contribution. Having a separate project for these resources can centralize these efforts.
Note 2: xzz is the ISO 639 language code for non-linguistic content.