Yes, there are pros and cons - that's why I didn't decide yet. I wonder if it's wise to start with one wiki and if it grows, then go with multiple wikis. My main concern is different property names, different forms and so on - does it make sense to maintain multiple forms then.

The benefit of is clear - to be able to query values for both languages.


On Sun, May 4, 2008 at 2:54 AM, S Page <> wrote:
Sergey Chernyshev wrote:

> I'm not sure, I don't think MediaWiki has this notion of multiple
> primary languages - just one default one and users can switch their
> interface. I'm actually thinking about implementing multilingual support
> for TechPresentations and didn't decide yet how to do that.

The Wikipedia model is that you have a separate wiki for each language
and use interwiki links like [[fr:Allemagne]] and [[fr:Propriété:situé
ŕ]].  The skin automatically puts links to the article in other
languages in the languages box.  Somehow, you can use a commons so you
don't have to duplicate all resources between them.  Special:Browse has
some ability to present the translated article names in the user's language. is just a single English wiki, but it uses
semantic annotations to identify the language of pages and can then
query to provide links to the page in other languages.  Markus Krötzsch
set up some nifty templates for this.

There are pros and cons to each approach.

=S Page

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