Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Formal and informal #localisation support for #MediaWiki

Both the German and the Dutch language allow you to address people in a formal and in an informal way.

When you localise software like we do at translatewiki.net, it is important to be consistent; either formal or informal for the default. For MediaWiki the default is informal for German and formal for Dutch. This does not fit always well; we have supported formal German for quite some time and as we now support the Wikia extensions, we learned that its default for Dutch used to be informal.


Given that the formal Dutch localisation is complete, it is what informal Dutch falls back to. This has the added advantage that only those messages where there is a difference needs to be localised.

With Wikia localising at translatewiki.net, we gained many localisers and consequently the quality and quantity improved. As the same is true for Wikia, it becomes clear that translatewiki's policy to grow the number of applications it supports is a winner.
Thanks,
      GerardM
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