Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at
Tue Jan 22 16:24:10 CET 2008

The localisation of MediaWiki makes only sense when people are actually
going to use it. When MediaWiki is localised, it will lead to Internet
content in the linguistic entity that it is requested for. While
Erzgebergisch is not likely to get its own Wikimedia Foundation project, the
localisation will be committed to the MediaWiki SVN and consequently become
part of the MediaWiki distribution when the 500 most relevant messages have
been localised.

We are experimenting with a software project called Multilingual MediaWiki.
In such a project we will indicate on an article by article basis, in what
linguistic entity the article is in. They can be dialects of a language or
they can be the languages of a greater group of languages or it can be a mix
of dialects and languages. In these experiments we will definetly create
content and publish it on the Internet and we will definetly want to use a
proper code for the linguistic entity involved.

Given that MediaWiki has as its purpose to create content on the Internet,
it is safe to assume that content will be created in the linguistic entities
when a code is asked as a result of MediaWiki localisation.

On Jan 22, 2008 4:09 PM, Doug Ewell <dewell at> wrote:

> While this is a very well-written and well-researched proposal, I do
> have one minor nit to pick and one greater concern.
> > Suppress-Script: Latin
> Variants don't have Suppress-Script values, so this line will be
> deleted.  If this subtag is approved, the tag "de-erzgeb" would take its
> Suppress-Script value from the language subtag "de".
> > 6. Any other relevant information:
> >
> > This tag is requested for the localization of
> > MediaWiki into this dialect.
> It looks at though this sort of thing will be an increasing source of
> variant subtag requests.  Readers will recall that "ortograf" was
> requested to pave the way for a software translation project, not to tag
> actual linguistic content.  Does this request have a similar motivation,
> or does this properly fall within the domain of language tagging?
> --
> Doug Ewell  *  Fullerton, California, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14
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