[Translators-l] Request for quick translation: Privacy Policy Change Banner

Philippe Verdy verdy_p at wanadoo.fr
Tue May 6 14:47:05 UTC 2014

Doesn't MediaWiki offer for all Wikimedia wikis the necessary support for
formating dates according to user preferences or local wiki defaults for
If so, the number 6 you want will be inappropriate in Arabic and in many
date formats for South Asian languages using other digits.
MediaWiki offers {{formatnum:6}} for this purpose, it is easy to infer
where it is in the translation if you intend to change it. However June is
also the 6th month of the year (same day number) and you may wonder which
field is the day part if you don't know if the date uses "d;m;y" or "m:d;y"
formatting order (some languages don"t really have names for Gregorian
dates, but append a speific suffix to numbers to indicate if this is a
year, month or day, such as Chinese).

A very small script will generate the formated dates that are then easy to
update in translations, even if you don't want to use templates for that
(because templates are wiki-dependant and their name vary).
But things would be even easier if all wikis had a parserfunction for
formatting dates given a matching language code (if the format is unknown
for that language, just use the ISO 8601 format yyy-mm-dd which is not
ambiguous in all existing languages, even if it is not the most usual
format for that language.
I just hope that one day we'll have a parser function like
{{formatdate:2014-06-06|ymd|language-code}} that will format the date using
the 3 fields (not padded with zero if not needed, but not rounded to 2
digits with the appropriate order, suffixes and separators, and possibly
their names; all in the appropriate script)

CLDR data has this info and there's even a demo in the Unicode CLDR website.

2014-05-06 2:07 GMT+02:00 James Alexander <jalexander at wikimedia.org>:

> Hi All,
> The Legal team will be announcing later this week (currently planned for
> Wednesday) the start of a 30 day notice period that the privacy policy will
> be changing. This is the privacy policy that was discussed over a multi
> month period on wiki ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Privacy_policy )
> and was recently approved by the board. You can find the banner text to
> translate (using the translate extension) at
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate&group=Centralnotice-tgroup-PPChangeNotice2014&filter=.
> If possible (transliteration is fine) we want to keep the day part of the
> date ( 6 ) as a number so that, if the announcement date gets pushed back
> for some reason or another, we can adjust the official starting date
> without affecting the translations much.
> Michelle is still finishing the blog post itself but the plan is to have
> it available for translation as well so that over the course of the month
> we can get it up in as many translations as possible.
> If you'd prefer you can also send me the translation off list and I'm
> happy to insert it. The current text is:
> Our Privacy Policy is changing on 6 June 2014.
> To learn more, click here.
> We also have the 'close' text (shown you hover over the close button)
> saying: Close
> James Alexander
> Legal and Community Advocacy
> Wikimedia Foundation
> (415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur
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