Wikipedia:Translation/*/How-to

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This page gives a detailed example of the translation process according to Wikipedia:Translation.

The system is intended to be easy for the contributor. Each article has only one detailed page to update as translation work progresses. It will follow the article at every step of the translation, keeping track of all the information on it when used as a template ( {{Wikipedia:Translation/(Name of article here)}} ).

The corresponding translation page must first be created by typing, below, after the slash ('/') the name of the article as it would appear in English.

For example, enter "/Laura Pausini" and press 'Request a translation':



Translation Request[edit]

Translation request stage

  • The subpage is initialized with this:
{{subst:Start translation page|{{SUBPAGENAME}}|~~~~|
<!--
Follow the instructions below to propose a translation.
WARNING: Do not erase!
-->


1. Indicate the original language of the article here (for example: en de es it pt...)
|en|
2. Type the name of the original article here (for example: Frankreich)
|Original name here|
3. Please briefly explain why this article is worth translating
|reason here|
4. Please leave a comment if you wish to do so.
|comment here|
| 5. You're done! You may now save this page.
}}
  • Modify the necessary parameters and save.

Please note that the language code must be in ISO 639-1 code (for example, de), and not the full name of the language (such as German).

Completed example:

{{subst:Start translation page|{{SUBPAGENAME}}|~~~~|
<!--
Follow the instructions below to propose a translation.
WARNING: Do not erase!
-->
1. Indicate the original language of the article here (for example: en de es it pt...)
|it|
2. Type the name of the original article here (for example: Frankreich)
|Laura Pausini|
3. Please briefly explain why this article is worth translating
|Italian singer with many millions of albums sold outside of Italy.|
4. Please leave a comment if you wish to do so
|Quite a long article in Italian, but a very short one in English.|
| 5. You're done! You may now save this page.
}}
  • The person requesting the translation should then add the {{Wikipedia:Translation/(Name of article here)}} banner to the Translation Requests of this month and to the talk page of the article.


{{Wikipedia:Translation/Laura Pausini}}

now looks like :


Translation stage[edit]

Begin
Before After
|Stage = 1|
|Translator-s =  |           
|Translation_progress = XX| 
|Stage = 2|
|Translator-s = [[User:Translator1]] |           
|Translation_progress = 0| 

Explanation :

  • The person who chooses to translate the article should then modify its status like this and move the banner from the requests page to the page for translations in progress of this month.
  • The translator should also add the "Permanent link" parameter, enabling him/her to have easy access to the permanent version of the article in its original language.

The permanent link is the URL of the page you are translating in its original language (i.e., German or French or whatever). To get this URL, go to the article and find the equivalent of "permanent link" in the toolbox to the left of the article. For example, this is called "Permanentlink" in German, "Adresse de cette version" in French and "Enlace permanente" in Spanish. Click on this link and then copy the URL from the top of your browser into the URL position on the translation template.

There is also a space to enter the date, next to the URL in the translation template. If you enter ~~~~~ (5 tildes) there, Wiki will put the current UTC time & date for you.

The template now looks like this:


In Progress
Before After
|Translation_progress = 0| 

[...]]

== Talk ==

|Translation_progress = 50| 

[...]]

== Talk ==

{{Doubt|Laura Pausini (Faenza, 16 maggio 1974) è una
cantante italiana di musica leggera 
e Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana}}
{{Doubt| mondo | world ?? }}

Explanation

  • The translators begin to translate and update the translation status to indicate progress.
  • The translators can write about their translation doubts and problems in the discussion section of the article so the proofreader can write back to them.

The template now looks like this:


The Talk section of the Translation sub-page shows this :

  • Laura Pausini (Faenza, 16 maggio 1974) è una cantante italiana di musica leggera e Commendatore della Repubblica Italiana  ⇔  I don't know
  • mondo  ⇔  world ??


The End
Before After
|Stage = 2|
|Translation_progress = 50| 
|Stage = 3|
|Translation_progress = 100| 

Explanation :

The template now looks like this:


Proofreading stage[edit]

Beginning of the proofreading
Before After
|Proofreader-s = |
|Proofreading_progress = XX|
|Proofreader-s = [[User:Proofreader1]]|
|Proofreading_progress = 0|

Explanation :

  • Proofreading can be managed by adding template parameters "Proofreader-s" for user ids and "Proofreading_progress=0" to the template {{Translation/Information...}}. However, when multiple editors work on translating the same article, they tend to implicitly proofread other sections of the article, so formal proofreading might not be needed as often, with multiple translators. The parameter "Proofreading_progress" causes the "Proofreading" bars to be displayed.

The template now looks like this:



Proofreading in progress
Before After
|Proofreading_progress = 0|
|Proofreading_progress = 35|

Explanation :

  • By setting the parameter "Proofreading_progress=35" or 40 or 50 (etc.), the "Proofreading" bar will display the shaded percentage-bar for the portion already verified. Potential readers might be satisfied by any amount of proofing, depending on the particular reader.


The template now looks like this:


End
Before After
|Stage = 3|
|Proofreading_progress = 50|
|Stage = 4|
|Proofreading_progress = 100|

Explanation :

  • By setting the parameter "Proofreading_progress=100", the "Proofreading" bar will display the percentage as 100% of the article, as a completely verified translation.

The template now looks like this:


See also[edit]