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

James Alexander jalexander at wikimedia.org
Tue May 6 17:43:54 UTC 2014

The  {{formatnum:6}} makes sense, I can add that in, (as I said earlier I'm
happy for people to change it for their own numerical system, but that
would certainly be easier). I don't know about a good way to call the
formate date function sadly :-/ I tried to pick the 'most' universal option
but it certainly isn't perfect and I completely agree with you that a
format date format would be useful.

James Alexander
Legal and Community Advocacy
Wikimedia Foundation
(415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur

On Tue, May 6, 2014 at 7:47 AM, Philippe Verdy <verdy_p at wanadoo.fr> wrote:

> Doesn't MediaWiki offer for all Wikimedia wikis the necessary support for
> formating dates according to user preferences or local wiki defaults for
> signatures?
> 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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