Wednesday, April 30, 2014

#Wikidata - #Marwari, a language from #India

Thanks to new #MediaWiki functionality, Wikidata can support languages that are not available elsewhere. It is a consequence of a change in the policy of Wikimedia's language committee. For languages that are "eligible", that is in essence that they are recognised in the ISO 639-3, people can ask for recognition of their eligibility.

The way it works is that you can add the language to your Babel template. This will make sure that labels will show in Wikidata. You can also change your user preference to rwr or Marwari and, it will be the default that shows the labels in all statements.

Reasonator is however the easiest way to work on Marwari. It will show labels in Marwari but it shows labels in the specified fall-back languages. This makes it convenient to add missing labels. One prerequisite however is that Widar has been set up properly.

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