[Mediawiki-i18n] removing messages from core

S Page spage at wikimedia.org
Thu Jun 20 00:22:15 UTC 2013

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/67233/ remotes the old-style login and
create account forms from core. The new forms have different messages, e.g.
no more colons in English labels and there's no more use of the  combined
"Log in / create account".  So I removed the old messages from
MessagesEn.php, MessagesQqq.php and messages.inc.

Raimond pointed out that the

 'userlogin' message is still used by the OpenID extension.

Maybe more of these very old messages are used by other extensions.Needs
investigation, partly revert recommended in the meantime.

Good point, it's also used by MobileFrontEnd (!), I'll submit a patch
restoring this message and ask on the i18n mailing list for guidance.

FWIW mw.org's I18n page and Manual:System_message#Creating_new_messages
don't say anything about extensions reusing core messages. I think they
should caution extension writers about relying on messages in core, and
instead define their own messages with a {{same}} template in Qqq. Or we
need to somehow identify "reliable" or "deprecated" messages in core.

=S Page  software engineer on E3
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