Help:i18n

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This article serves as a comprehensive guideline for ArchWiki internationalization and localization.

See also International communities.

Guidelines

Page titles

Non-English page titles must be of the form "Title in English (Language)" where "Language" is the localized spelling of said language. Note the space between the title and the language tag. For example: Beginners' guide (Nederlands). English titles should not include a language tag.

Also note that in case of sub-pages, the language tag still goes at the end, so "Title (Language)/Sub-page" is wrong, while "Title/Sub-page (Language)" is correct. For example: PulseAudio/Examples (Italiano). This may seem inconsistent, but it is more practical and safe for bots to detect the language of a page.

The root categories for every language are the only exception to this rule, as they must not repeat the language name in a suffix.

See #Languages for a list of languages and expected localized spellings.

Rationale:

  • English titles facilitate administration; all administrators understand English, but may not be multilingual. When browsing Special:RecentChanges and other special pages, admins need to know what is being edited without resorting to external translation programs.
  • Standardized article titles simplify inter-language linking.

Localized redirects

Localized titles can and should be created, but must redirect to the English-named article as described above. Redirect titles need not include language tags. For example: Guía para Principiantes redirects to Beginners' guide (Español). Note that this is however not possible for Category pages, since categorizing a page under a redirect will not list the page under the target category.

Rationale:

  • Localized titles improve navigability for international readers. Both the internal search feature and external search engines can utilize such redirects.
  • Useful redirects facilitate internal linking.

Interlanguage links

If an article exists in more than one language, please add interlanguage links at the top of each translation:

[[de:Title]]
[[en:Title]]
[[es:Title]]
Note: Interlanguage links add the suffix mentioned in #Article titles automatically, so the interlanguage link associated to e.g. Main page (Dansk) is [[da:Main page]].

See #Languages for a list of the available language tags. See Help:Style#Interlanguage links for usage guidelines.

Rationale:

  • Including inter-language links at the beginning of an article allows international readers to promptly determine whether content is available in their language, and similarly allows translators to ascertain whether an article requires translation.

Finding articles with specific interlanguage links

In order to obtain a list of the articles with interlanguage links pointing to a specific title (language backlinks), use:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/api.php?action=query&list=langbacklinks&lbllimit=500&lblprop=lltitle&lbllang=en&lbltitle=Main%20Page

This example looks for ([[en:Main Page]]), but for other links it is enough to change the value of lbllang and lbltitle.

If you want to obtain a list of the articles using interlanguage links of a specific language, just omit the lbltitle key:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/api.php?action=query&list=langbacklinks&lbllimit=500&lblprop=lltitle&lbllang=de

This example uses German (de), but for the other languages it is enough to change the value of lbllang.

Note: This query may not find all redirects using interlanguage links (regulated by Help:Style#Redirect pages): a search like this should work instead (if you get zero results it means that everything is fine).

Note that API queries are always limited, so if a language has more than 500 backlinks it will be necessary to continue the search adding the lblcontinue attribute that appears at the bottom of the list to the query string.

Languages

The following table lists all languages encountered on the wiki along with related links.

English name Localized name Subtag Root category External wiki
Arabic العربية ar Category:العربية
Bulgarian Български bg Category:Български
Catalan Català not supported 1 Category:Català
Chinese (Simplified) 简体中文 zh-cn Category:简体中文
Chinese (Traditional) 正體中文 zh-tw Category:正體中文
Croatian Hrvatski hr Category:Hrvatski
Czech Česky cs Category:Česky
Danish Dansk da Category:Dansk
Dutch Nederlands nl Category:Nederlands
English English en Category:English
Esperanto Esperanto not supported 1 Category:Esperanto
Finnish Suomi fi Category:Suomi http://www.archlinux.fi/wiki/
French Français fr http://wiki.archlinux.fr/
German Deutsch de https://wiki.archlinux.de/
Greek Ελληνικά el Category:Ελληνικά
Hebrew עברית he Category:עברית
Hungarian Magyar hu Category:Magyar
Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia id Category:Indonesia
Italian Italiano it Category:Italiano
Japanese 日本語 ja https://wiki.archlinuxjp.org/
Korean 한국어 ko Category:한국어
Lithuanian Lietuviškai lt Category:Lietuviškai
Norwegian (Bokmål) Norsk Bokmål not supported 1 Category:Norsk Bokmål
Persian فارسی fa http://wiki.archusers.ir/
Polish Polski pl Category:Polski
Portuguese Português pt Category:Português
Romanian Română ro http://wiki.archlinux.ro/
Russian Русский ru Category:Русский
Serbian Српски (Srpski) sr Category:Српски http://wiki.archlinux.rs/
Slovak Slovenský sk Category:Slovenský
Spanish Español es Category:Español
Swedish Svenska sv http://wiki.archlinux.se/
Thai ไทย th Category:ไทย
Turkish Türkçe tr http://archtr.org/wiki/
Ukrainian Українська uk Category:Українська
Vietnamese Tiếng Việt not supported 1 http://archlinuxvn.tuxfamily.org/

1 The not supported note in the "Subtag" field means that interlanguage links for that language are not available. See #Adding local interlanguage links and #Adding external interlanguage links.

Subtags are treated case-insensitively by the MediaWiki backend. By convention, the interlanguage links on ArchWiki should use the lowercase form of the subtag. For information regarding subtags, please see:

Adding local interlanguage links

If you want interlanguage links to be enabled for a new language hosted in wiki.archlinux.org, please open a request in Help talk:I18n. Note that a minimum number of translated articles will be required by the administrators for the request to be fulfilled. Setting up an external wiki is however always preferable.

Adding external interlanguage links

If you want interlanguage links to be set for a new or existing language that has set up a separate wiki, please open a request in Help talk:I18n or directly contact one of the ArchWiki:Administrators: the interlanguage links will be set as soon as possible!

Moving local languages to external wikis

Moving local languages to their own wikis is a very welcome and encouraged thing, which will get all the assistance that is needed. There are two possible procedures:

  • First move all the articles to the external wiki. Once done, update the interlanguage links to point to the new domain, then fix all their target titles with the new ones. Finally, either delete the local articles, or, upon authorization from the ArchWiki:Maintenance Team, redirect them to the external wiki using the interlanguage links.
  • Set up temporary interlanguage links (e.g. [[ja-temp:Title]]) and use them to redirect the various articles to the external wiki as they are moved one by one. Once the move is complete, point the regular interlanguage links (i.e. [[ja:Title]]) to the external wiki, and update them all with the new target titles. Next, either delete the local redirects, or, upon authorization from the ArchWiki:Maintenance Team, update them to use the regular interlanguage links. Finally, disable the temporary interlanguage links.