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Making the Web Multilingual with Wikipedia

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 16:30 - 18:00

Location: DTC 597

SFSU Downtown Campus

835 Market St. San Francisco, CA 94103


The Wikipedia engineering team is proud to participate in SF State University's Software Freedom Day celebrations this year. The team will present on open source tools and technologies it has developed for supporting 285 languages across Wikipedia websites. Wikipedia's internationalization tools include input method tools (IMEs) such as onscreen keymaps to allow contributors to create content in their own language as well as on-demand open WebFonts to render and read languages in non-Roman scripts. The team will present on translation technologies it has developed including translation memories and optimizations all open source. Innovative groundbreaker projects such as jQuery.i18n libraries for internationalization features, multi-lingual search, language selection and APIs will be highlights. User experience best practices for internationalizing Wikipedia, a top 5 website will be discussed.

Come join the conversation and learn how to internationalize your website using open source tools used for Wikipedia.

Wikipedia engineering participants include Alolita Sharma (Director of Engineering), Niklas Laxstrom (Software Engineer), Santhosh Thottingal (Software Engineer), Amir Aharoni (Software Engineer), Siebrand Mazeland (Product Manager), Pau Giner (User experience expert), Arun Ganesh (UI designer).

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