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Bug 3523 - Wikilink abbreviation feature for agglutinating and inflecting languages (including Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, etc.)
Wikilink abbreviation feature for agglutinating and inflecting languages (inc...
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 3527
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Internationalization (Other open bugs)
All All
: Low enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2005-09-21 02:42 UTC by Mark
Modified: 2006-02-17 21:10 UTC (History)
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Description Mark 2005-09-21 02:42:27 UTC
The nature of inflecting languages (including all Slavic languages) means that
currently, the majority of wikilinks on these Wikipedias are in the format
"[[Wikipedia|Wikipedii]]" (example taken from the mainpage of the Polish Wikipedia).

This is because in these languages, words change endings. However, unlike
English, rather than adding a suffix (as in Duck -> Ducks), they usually change
the end of the word (as in Encyclopedia -> Encyclopedii).

This means that for the majority of wikilinks on wikis in these languages, the
word must be typed twice.

I think that it would be a major improvement if, rather than
[[Wikipedia|Wikipedii]], people could just type [[Wikiped|ia|ii]]. The first
field indicates the word root (in this case "Wikiped"), the second indicates the
ending as used in the title of the article (in this case "ia"), and the third
indicates the ending as it should appear in the text (in this case "ii").

Other examples include:

[[Encycloped|ia|ii]] would display the same as [[Encyclopedia|Encyclopedii]].
[[medicín|a|e]] would display the same as [[medicína|medicíne]].
[[poľnohospodárstv|o|e]] would display the same as
[[zemlj|a|i]] would display the same as [[zemlja|zemlji]].

The benefit of this to Slavic-language Wikipedias would be great, similar to the
benefit of the "[[donkey]]s -> [[donkey|donkeys]]" shortcut to the English
Comment 1 Filip Maljkovic [Dungodung] 2005-09-21 21:16:54 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 3527 ***
Comment 2 Mark 2005-09-22 03:11:22 UTC
I've reopened this bug since it proposes a slightly different solution (the

Also, I don't think it nessecarily needs to be applied as a transformation (like
~~~~), but rather more like [[xx]]s or [[xx]]asdfpasiof.
Comment 3 Rowan Collins [IMSoP] 2005-09-24 14:54:11 UTC
Well, both the syntax and whether it should be a pre-save transform or not are
both being actively debated, so it's probably better to keep the discussion in
the one place.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 3527 ***

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