Last modified: 2014-11-17 09:48:16 UTC
Typically, versions of a given article in different languages vary in detail. It is no longer the case that the English version is the
canonical, or the most detailed one.
For us multilingual readers, it would be handy to have an option to sort the language pane for a given article by some metric of
detail, for example word count or character count (depending on the language).
Another possibility is to give a list of, say, the three longest versions, at the bottom of the language list.
That would need DB access for all the interwikied wikis, plus the page length is
not AFAIK easy to compute (even worse for the word count!)
This would be most times unused because sorting would be done for each view,
while users are not going to pay much attention to it.
(In reply to comment #2)
I'm not so sure. The pagelength is stored in the revision table, and is available through the API with the 'info' propeties module as the 'lenght' prop .
The size of the current page coud be taken into account as well. eg:
* Dutch (+10)
* English (+401) // biggest article
* German (+12)
* Spanish (+0) // same size as current article
* Frysian (-1) // smallest article
* Chinese (+21)
Lots of possiblities :0
Pagelength is bytes which is useless for length comparison.
I was wrong 5 years ago. rev_len was added in r20222 (2007) but page_len in r7653 (2005).
The bytes parameter could be transformed with an approximation (eg. Chinese articles of the same length use ~3x bytes than English).
Seems something to add when the interwiki system is changed (Interlanguage extension?), where it would be easy to add the real length.
I doubt this feature will be feasible as part of if, but see the ULS compact links: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Universal_Language_Selector/Design/Interlanguage_links