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Building blocks for the multilingual Web: Internationalization @Wikipedia

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 18:00 - 21:00





SF State University Downtown Campus.

Room 609, 835 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94103.



Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites which highlights the power of collaborative content communities online. People like you and I contribute an amazing variety of interesting content in the form of articles, photos, books and quotations in hundreds of languages across the planet.

In this session, an in-depth coverage of open source internationalization (i18n) tools specifically for reading and editing Wikipedia will be done. Alolita will walk through input methods and web font features being developed by the internationalization team at Wikipedia to support 300+ languages. These open source language assets are ground breaking components that are empowering billions of users to select their language, read Wikipedia articles in their own language with open source fonts available on-demand, edit Wikipedia articles using open source input methods and onscreen keymaps.


Speaker Bio:

Alolita Sharma is Director of Engineering at Wikipedia. She is driving the initiative for Wikipedia to build open source tools and technologies to support hundreds of languages for Wikipedia. Alolita Sharma is an engineering manager and software engineer who has been working with open source software and has promoted open source adoption for more than a decade. She is on the board of the Open Source Initiative, advisor to Software Freedom Law Center and a passionate advocate of open source and the open Web. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science and speaks internationally on internationalization, localization, open web standards, open source trends, technologies and building successful developer communities.


Co-hosted by: The Commons Initiative at SF State and SF Globalization Meetup 

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