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Bug 5231 - Mouseover explanations for interlanguage links in native languages
Mouseover explanations for interlanguage links in native languages
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Internationalization (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement with 14 votes (vote)
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Assigned To: Pavel Selitskas [wizardist]
: i18n
: 21845 21846 32332 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-03-11 14:48 UTC by bdk
Modified: 2014-07-15 18:27 UTC (History)
14 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description bdk 2006-03-11 14:48:32 UTC
Transmitting a feature request from de.wikipedia.

Please go to
There you'll find an interlanguage/interwiki link toҚауым_Порталы
This is read as "қазақша". But what language is it? 
Did you really know, that it is "Kazakh language"? ;-)

Currently all names of interwiki links are given in the original language, 
for example:
"Alemannisch" for als.wikipedia 
"Lietuvių" for lt.wikipedia 
"中文" for zh.wikipedia 

The proposition is, that on mouseover additional texts in the native language 
of the project (or in the language set in user preferences) are given like 

on en.wikipedia
"Alemannic German" for als:
"Lithuanian" for lt:
"Chinese" for zh:

or on de.wikipedia
"Alemannisch" for als:
"Litauisch" for lt:
"Chinesisch" for zh:

This request seems to be based on bug 4901.
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2006-03-11 21:46:11 UTC
That's deliberate.
Comment 2 Flominator 2006-03-12 08:32:10 UTC
Sounds great!
Comment 3 jns 2006-03-26 17:56:10 UTC
Can somebody (Brion?) explain why this bug is "resolved" as wontfix?
If you don't give a convincing reason, I (or somebody else) am going to reopen it.
Comment 4 Brion Vibber 2006-03-26 18:12:09 UTC
Maintaining language lists was unmaintainable (200+ * 200+), so years ago we switched to native-names only.
Comment 5 jns 2006-03-27 05:07:39 UTC
Thank you. I am new to this and was not aware that features must be implemented
for all languages. I gather it is impossible to do this for English only.
Comment 6 Raimond Spekking 2009-01-07 08:45:42 UTC
Reopening as it seems be feasible now with the CLDR extension. Working on it...
Comment 7 Alexandre Emsenhuber [IAlex] 2009-12-14 08:15:11 UTC
*** Bug 21845 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 The Evil IP address 2010-10-02 09:13:33 UTC
The interlanguage have recently got their title in the tooltip. Adding this would lead to potential conflicts.
Comment 9 Waldir 2010-10-02 10:18:54 UTC
(In reply to comment #8)
> The interlanguage have recently got their title in the tooltip. Adding this
> would lead to potential conflicts.

Is this live already? And what is displayed in the currently implemented titles?
Comment 10 Niklas Laxström 2011-02-19 09:24:27 UTC
It is live. Any ideas how to implement this in other way?
Comment 11 Waldir 2011-02-20 20:30:50 UTC
Why not having both? As in <LanguageName: PageTitle>. For example, the Community portal url given in comment 0 would have for the ar: link the following tooltip: "Arabic: ويكيبيديا:بوابة المجتمع".
Comment 12 wp.designate 2011-09-03 17:53:27 UTC
I proposed including the language after the article name in the tooltip, e.g.
>Michael Dukakis [German]
>Μάικλ Δουκάκης [Greek]
>Michael Dukakis [Spanish]

It was received positively. This seems like a worthwhile enhancement.
Comment 13 Raimond Spekking 2012-05-11 11:51:56 UTC
*** Bug 32332 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 Helder 2012-06-27 23:20:10 UTC
*** Bug 21846 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 15 Pavel Selitskas [wizardist] 2012-11-29 10:46:06 UTC
Submitted a patch in Gerrit change #35871
Comment 16 Pavel Selitskas [wizardist] 2013-04-29 21:59:51 UTC
Anyone desires to review the patch?
Comment 17 Andre Klapper 2013-06-25 13:17:07 UTC
L10N team: Could anybody review the patch in Gerrit, please?
Comment 18 Gerrit Notification Bot 2013-10-04 17:49:35 UTC
Change 35871 merged by jenkins-bot:
Mouseover explanations for interlanguage links in native language
Comment 19 Umherirrender 2013-11-09 09:35:58 UTC
Was successfully merged
Comment 20 Nemo 2014-07-15 18:27:23 UTC
To all those following: help is appreciated in adding/improving the translations of the hundreds language names (we just got 100 more language names translatable), see instructions:

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