Jun 232007

It’s 5:30 in the morning and I’m in my hotel room getting ready to head for the airport shortly.  Thought I would jot down some thoughts about yesterday’s excellent Developer Day before I leave.

We had a rousing discussion about MDC localization, and I have a few things to work on when I get home, including setting up more information about how to do localization, as well as who’s working on which localization, in the wiki itself.

We also brainstormed a number of interesting ideas about ways to improve localization, which I’ll get into in more detail when I have a little more time.

One idea I’m particularly excited about is the idea of setting up a template that could be placed on translated pages that would cause a notice to appear if the English version of an article has changed more recently than the translation.

The folks that work on our localizations are all very enthusiastic people with a passion for the project, and it was a thrill to meet them face-to-face.

I skipped dinner last night due to my cold and the early hour of my departure today.  I’ll grab something to eat once I’m at the airport.

 Posted by at 11:37 PM

  6 Responses to “Developer Day done”

  1. Yes, it was a very interesting weekend.

    I have to write down a list with ideas to share with other localizers, it’s in my todo list for this week ;)

  2. I had hoped you would be there at the dinner to talk a little further, but as far as I can tell the other teams have mostly the same ideas anyway :)

    The only thing I haven’t heard about is supporting the MediaWiki API on MDC. It would probably be useful to develop external tools (extensions, remote scripts, …).

    I’ll see what we can add to Nukeador’s list too.

  3. we have the minutes from MDC chat written down: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dtmwnwg_2p6bgpw

    We can start shaping a document with them on the Wiki and add more

  4. I was so tired after the day’s meetings, and wasn’t feeling well, so I decided to skip dinner on Saturday night. I should be back to work tomorrow and will post up my notes as well. It was great to meet you all, and I look forward to working on some of this stuff together!

    Benoit, let me look at that MediaWiki API stuff and get back to you.

  5. Benoit — what sort of tools can you think of that we might do using the MediaWiki API? I’m looking at it and nothing comes immediately to mind.

  6. I’m not sure yet, I’d hoped to be able to somewhat automate our tracking of the most viewed pages in need of translation.

    For example, there is a call to get all language links for a given page: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/API#langlinks_.2F_ll_.28done.29
    If we use it with a list of English page titles (i.e. the most viewed pages), we could quickly find out which ones are _not_ available in a particular language.

    Of course, we could do the same thing by trying to parse the HTML pages. This API seems a faster and more reliable way to do it though.

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