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Bug 420 - Feature Request: Language in page template
Feature Request: Language in page template
Status: RESOLVED INVALID
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Internationalization (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Depends on:
Blocks:
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Reported: 2004-09-08 00:31 UTC by Mark Clements (HappyDog)
Modified: 2005-04-07 03:24 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description Mark Clements (HappyDog) 2004-09-08 00:31:51 UTC
I was browsing the english Wikipedia today, and was wondering why the standard of writing had dropped, 
and only whilst editing a page did I realise that I'd found my way onto the Simple English wiki by 
mistake.  I was wondering whether the current language of the wiki could be shown at the top of each page?

I don't know if this is a developer issue, but I thought that if it was something that all wikis would 
require then it should probably be mentioned here.  If you think that there are only a few situations 
where this confusion could occur then it might be better just to edit the templates for the indiviudal 
wikis in question.  I would imagine there could be similar problems with the chinese languages, and maybe 
to a lesser extent with Spanish, Portugese & the South American languages (particularly for non-native 
speakers).  I think it's important to know if you have changed wikis.
Comment 1 Brian Jason Drake 2005-04-07 03:08:39 UTC
(In reply to comment #0)
> I was browsing the english Wikipedia today, and was wondering why 
the standard of writing had dropped, 
> and only whilst editing a page did I realise that I'd found my way 
onto the Simple English wiki by 
> mistake.  I was wondering whether the current language of the wiki 
could be shown at the top of each page?
> I don't know if this is a developer issue, but I thought that if 
it was something that all wikis would 
> require then it should probably be mentioned here.  If you think 
that there are only a few situations 
> where this confusion could occur then it might be better just to 
edit the templates for the indiviudal 
> wikis in question.  I would imagine there could be similar 
problems with the chinese languages, and maybe 
> to a lesser extent with Spanish, Portugese & the South American 
languages (particularly for non-native 
> speakers).  I think it's important to know if you have changed 
wikis.

Viewing the Simple English wiki with the default skin, I saw the 
following at the top of every page:

"From Wikipedia, a free encyclopedia written in simple English for 
easy reading."

Also, the logo indicates that it is the Simple English wiki.

I don't know what happens in other skins.
Comment 2 Mark Clements (HappyDog) 2005-04-07 03:24:47 UTC
Yes - both of those are there.  I don't know if this has changed from when I reported the problem, but if so I didn't notice them.  I've seen the logo 
and page heading often enough to ignore them, and they are not particularly eye-catching anyway.

However, I guess this is not really a mediawiki bug, but a general problem of having two websites that are so incredibly similar using the same 
software.  It would be possible for this to be made clearer, but by the site administrators not the system developers (even if they are technically the 
same people).  I have therefore marked the bug as INVALID.

In the meantime I will change my skin so it is different on simple english.

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