Submissions:2023/translatewiki: Software localization workshop, all languages welcome

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WikiConference North America 2023 unfortunately could not accommodate this submission in its program this year.


translatewiki: Software localization workshop, all languages welcome


Languages, Technology

Type of session:



Wikimedia projects run a software platform called MediaWiki. Like all software, it has a user interface, which should be translated to as many languages as possible. It's especially true for projects with worldwide goals, as Wikimedia projects are. For MediaWiki, this is done on a website called This workshop will show how translatewiki works, and how can everyone who cares about Wikimedia projects contribute their language knowledge. Speakers of all languages are welcome: English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Creole languages, Native American languages, and all others.

Author name:

Amir E. Aharoni

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:


Affiliated organization(s):

Estimated time:

at least an hour, preferably more

Special requests:

a good web connection :)

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

Many times at various Wikimedia events, all over the world—Israel, Mexico, Italy, Russia, India, and other places. The MediaWiki software is changing every day, so updates to localization are needed every day, too, and so are new volunteers who can maintain the localization.

Okay to livestream?

Livestreaming is okay

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)