[Translators-l] What to do with outdated translated pages?

Christophe Millet kipmaster at gmail.com
Sat Dec 23 17:35:29 UTC 2006


I'm quite new to translation, so, first question (related to outdating):
do we have a template to indicate which version/revision was translated?
That would allow to have easily a diff between what was translated and the
current original article.

On fr.wp, for example, when an article becomes featured, there is a banner
at the bottom
( e.g. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_safavide , scroll at bottom )
where the link "comparer avec la version actuelle" allows to view the diff
the version that was elected featured and the current revision.

The template above could/should be hidden on published pages (on
but available for translators (on meta?).
But I think it would be good to at least always have a disclaimer saying
"This page was last updated on 15 November 2005", so that people reading
it at least can know that it is one year old and may not be accurate.
Maybe we can add something like "the original English version may be
more uptodate"?

I'm wondering if someone know of a better tool for translations and keeping
uptodate. Is there some system which, for example, would automatically add
an "outdated"
tag when the original is updated?
I'm sure the current mediawiki software is not the best for this (though,
not that bad),
but I don't know what other tools are available.
Do professional translators have such concerns? (Sabine, are you here...?
;-) )

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