[Translators-l] FDC Elections Banner Translations

Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder ssnyder at wikimedia.org
Sun May 3 20:50:01 UTC 2015

I read the w3.org "no Click Here" tip, and I think I disagree with it.  The
tip (which has a disclaimer about being non-binding and unofficial) gives
four examples.  It contrasts common, familiar forms like "click here to
download" with their ideal:

Tell me more about Amaya <http://www.w3.org/Amaya/>: W3C's free
editor/browser that lets you create HTML <http://www.w3.org/TR/html401>, SVG
<http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG/>, and MathML <http://www.w3.org/TR/MathML2/>

As a person who has no idea what Amaya is, I actually find this "ideal"
example to be the least helpful of all of them.  There are four links
there, and I've no idea which one I should click on, what will happen if I
do, or if any of them will have the information I want.  With "Click here
to download", I've got a pretty clear idea what's going to happen:
 something will start downloading as soon as I click it.  With this
"ideal", I've no idea what's going to happen with anything that I click on.

Also, the tip has diverged significantly from the original
<http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-qa/2001Sep/0007.html>, and I think
it has diverged for the worse.

Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder
Community Liaison
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

On Sun, May 3, 2015 at 3:42 AM, Purodha Blissenbach <purodha at blissenbach.org
> wrote:

> You have a problem to solve with nonsential wordings of the "Click HERE"
> type
> before we can translate anything.
> See:
> http://www.w3.org/QA/Tips/noClickHere
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Localisation#Use_meaningful_link_anchors
> Purodha
> On 02.05.2015 15:05, James Alexander wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> If you have time Id really appreciate some quick translations on the
>> banners that will run for the FDC Election tomorrow (2, the committee
>> is testing different language to see which works better). You can find
>> them at the 2 links below. Unfortunately the translation system is a
>> little buggy at the moment and the normal way to publish the
>> translations (using the state dropdown) doesnt work. I spent a good
>> portion of the night trying to find an alternative and for now I have
>> one and will be keeping an eye on the languages coming in and
>> publishing them through the API. Im going to try and roll it out a bit
>> slowly (starting at 00:00 UTC when the election starts) but eventually
>> well need to turn it on for everyone given the short election (1 week)
>> and so the more we can get in advance the better.
>> Banner translation links:
>>         *
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate&group=Centralnotice-tgroup-Election2015_FDC_voting_startsB&filter=
>> [1]
>>         * The Wikimedia Foundation Funds Dissemination Committee advises
>> on
>> how millions of WMF funds are spent.
>>         * Click here to participate in the election of its members.
>>         *
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate&group=Centralnotice-tgroup-Election2015_FDC_voting_starts&filter=
>> [2]
>>         * Votes are now being accepted for the Wikimedia Foundation Funds
>> Dissemination Committee election.
>>         * Click here to read about the candidates and vote.
>> James Alexander
>> Community Advocacy
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> (415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur
>> Links:
>> ------
>> [1]
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate|+|amp|+|group=Centralnotice-tgroup-Election2015_FDC_voting_startsB|+|amp|+|filter=
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate%7C+%7Camp%7C+%7Cgroup=Centralnotice-tgroup-Election2015_FDC_voting_startsB%7C+%7Camp%7C+%7Cfilter=>
>> [2]
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate|+|amp|+|group=Centralnotice-tgroup-Election2015_FDC_voting_starts|+|amp|+|filter=
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate%7C+%7Camp%7C+%7Cgroup=Centralnotice-tgroup-Election2015_FDC_voting_starts%7C+%7Camp%7C+%7Cfilter=>
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