[Translators-l] Fwd: [GSoC 2014] Proposal for page migration project under the Translate Extension

Pratik Lahoti pr4tiklahoti at gmail.com
Mon Mar 10 09:38:17 UTC 2014

Hello everyone!

I am Pratik Lahoti (User:BPositive) from Pune, India. I am willing to
participate in the Google Summer of Code this year. I am interested in the
project titled - "Tools for mass migration of legacy translated wiki

My mentors for this project would be Niklas
 and Federico Leva <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Nemo_bis>.

With their help, I have drafted the first version of my proposal page. You
can find it here:


Brief overview of the project:

The MediaWiki Translate
extension<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Translate> makes
the task of translation easier by providing a user-friendly interface that
consists of text strings splitted into translation units. Non-translatable
content like images are excluded from the process of translation. Though
that makes the job easy with a rich editor supporting various languages, a
lot of effort is required to prepare the page for translation, i.e, the
page under question first needs to be converted into a format that would be
recognized by the Translate extension. The process of preparing the page
for translation needs to take into consideration various
becomes a tedious task when done manually. Plus, wikis have a lot of legacy
content that still needs to be made translatable.

Thus, with this motivation, the project aims to facilitate this conversion
and thereby save manual time and effort. The tool developed would thus make
the page translatable, and once that is done, it would import the
translations (which were present before the page was made translatable)
into the Translate extension. Thus, the entire process of importing
translations which involved a significant amount of manual task gets
automated by this project.

The proposal page mentions the Project Outline and the approach/solution
towards the problem statement. I am done with most of the sections and left
with the Project Schedule (which I will finish off when everything is

Please have a look at the proposal and give your valuable
feedback/suggestions. While I have no problems in replying to the
suggestions put forth over here, I would appreciate if you can do the same
on the discussion
the proposal, so that all the feedback is at one single place.

Looking forward to the inputs from the community.

Warm Regards,
*Pratik Lahoti*
User:BPositive <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:BPositive>
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