[Mediawiki-i18n] explaining Extension:Translate vs. Extension:ContentTranslation

S Page spage at wikimedia.org
Tue Aug 4 20:52:25 UTC 2015

I have a hard time keeping them straight. As I understand it

- Extension:ContentTranslation aids translation of _entire_ articles
between _separate wikis_ . If you don't visit Special:ContentTranslation
you don't notice its operation.

- Extension:Translate manages translation of article elements within a
_single multilingual wiki_  with its Special:Translate page. It also
presents available localizations of an article on that wiki with its
<languages> tag. Within a <languages> tag it supports <tvar|id> and
<!--T:NN--> to identify translatable elements (and confuse the average wiki
editor :-) ;) ).

(But then how does Extension:Translate work on TranslateWiki to translate
arbitrary messages strings of non-wiki projects?)

If I'm right, https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension%3ATranslate doesn't
explain any of this. Can someone who knows Be Bold and update?

=S Page  WMF Tech writer
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