[Mediawiki-i18n] maintaining the local messages

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 13:00:11 UTC 2012

Many of you are actively working on the localisation of MediaWiki. In the
last couple of days I blogged twice on possible maintenance jobs on your
local wiki.

There are two parts to it:

   - the part where you copy messages to translatewiki; you have to be a
   twn translator to do this
   - the part where you remove messages on your local wiki; you have to be
   a local admin to do this

The bottom line is that messages available at translatewiki.net will be
available on any Wiki. This is why you want to always localise at
translatewiki. When messages exist that are the same on your wiki and on
translatewiki they may cause problems in the future. This is why localising
locally is typically not the thing to do.

In the post a Toolserver tool is mentioned that makes it relatively easy to
do all this.


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