Last modified: 2006-06-27 14:39:18 UTC

Wikimedia Bugzilla is closed!

Wikimedia has migrated from Bugzilla to Phabricator. Bug reports should be created and updated in Wikimedia Phabricator instead. Please create an account in Phabricator and add your Bugzilla email address to it.
Wikimedia Bugzilla is read-only. If you try to edit or create any bug report in Bugzilla you will be shown an intentional error message.
In order to access the Phabricator task corresponding to a Bugzilla report, just remove "static-" from its URL.
You could still run searches in Bugzilla or access your list of votes but bug reports will obviously not be up-to-date in Bugzilla.
Bug 6465 - Interface language selection on Login page.
Interface language selection on Login page.
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
User login and signup (Other open bugs)
All All
: Low enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
: ---
Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
  Show dependency treegraph
Reported: 2006-06-27 14:35 UTC by Purodha Blissenbach
Modified: 2006-06-27 14:39 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

See Also:
Web browser: ---
Mobile Platform: ---
Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Purodha Blissenbach 2006-06-27 14:35:45 UTC
It would be courteous towards the foreign language users (who e.g. want to
create an account for interwiki-interlanguage linking) if the login page allowed
them to select a different interface language. 

Current siutation is not really bad:
1. You can always do this attaching "uselang=..." to the login URL (yet not
everybody might be aware of it or memorize his or her tongues language code)
2. Once you have an account, you can set your preferred interface language in
user prefences (but have to navigate there in the default language, if you do
not know 1.)
3. Admins can configure the login page as e.g. in, source at: (yet
hardly anyone did that at present)

Adding the language selection into MediaWiki software offers some enhancements:
4. an always up-to-date language list is presented,
5. the language selected during account creation can be automatically saved in
the user preferences,
6. unburdens local wiki admins,
7. more equal appearance, when interface language has been switched,
8. reduced server load, better cacheablity.

9. On the long run, interface language switching can be incorporated as a
navigational element into the standard frame of each page. Useful specifically
for true multilingual wikies, such as
[] et al.
Comment 1 Rotem Liss 2006-06-27 14:36:40 UTC
Already done, but not enabled in Wikimedia projects.
Comment 2 Rotem Liss 2006-06-27 14:39:18 UTC
See r14901.

Note You need to log in before you can comment on or make changes to this bug.