Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Demonstrating the effect of #localisation

A workshop about localisation and #translatewiki.net was given last month to improve the usability of the MediaWiki user interface in Myanmar. The result has been really satisfying.

As you can see, currently 53.94% of the MediaWiki core messages have been localised and the numbers show in the Burmese script. Even more satisfying is that the user interface becomes more legible to the people in the many countries that have sizeable Myanmar population.

The translation rally proved also stimulating; 541 messages were localised in that time. There is a steady stream of new localisations and it is this kind of attention that makes the my.wikipedia.org ready for much needed growth.

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