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Help:Wt/gom/Interface translation

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This page is intended to be part of the Konkani Wiktionary.

This page aims to guide the reader to translate the Wikipedia or Wiktionary interface into Konkani. The Wikimedia Foundation requires that there has to be a continuing effort by the community to translate the MediaWiki interface.


Wikipedia and Wiktionary use a software called MediaWiki. Each text item that appears in the MediaWiki interface is actually a text string known as a 'message'. These strings are translated into the desired language on a separate site, translatewiki.net . The translated messages are periodically imported into MediaWiki, and are used to display the interface in different languages.

Steps to be performed only for the first time or occasionally

Image 1: Translations to be added while creating a permanent account
Image 2: Setting the interface language
Image 3: Adding assistant languages
Image 4: The translation interface

If you already have an account on TranslateWiki and set your preferences, then you can skip this section and go directly to the next section.

  1. Create an account on the TranslateWiki site
    • To get started, the first thing you need is a user account on translatewiki.net. Creating an account is done in less than a minute and is used to keep track of what you have worked on.
    • On the TranslateWiki main page, you can create a temporary account by filling in a username, password and email address.
    • To make it a permanent, translator account, please make some translations in any supported language (see Image 1). Note however, that these translations will be discarded after your account is approved.
  2. Set your language (see Image 2):
    • To set your interface language, access your preferences page by clicking on 'Preferences' near your username at the top of the page or click on this link.
    Preferences -> User profile tab -> Internationalisation section -> Language
    • Dont forget to click 'Save' at the bottom.
  3. Set suggestion languages
    • You can choose to display messages on the edit screen in other languages, which can help you to get an idea of how to translate messages (purple arrow in Image 4).
    Preferences -> Editing tab -> Translation options section -> Assistant languages
    • For example, to see suggestions from Romi Konkani, Devanagari Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and Portuguese languages, enter the following (see Image 3):
    gom-latn, gom-deva, mr, hi, pt
    • Dont forget to click 'Save' at the bottom.

Steps to be followed each time

Once you have an account on TranslateWiki, these are the steps to be followed each time to work on the interface translation.

Creating and editing translations

  1. Visit this link to start doing translations in Devanagari Konkani: Mediawiki core Devanagari
  2. Log in using the 'Log in' link in the top right corner of the page.
  3. Once you have logged in you can click on a message and type your translation in the box (yellow arrow in Image 4).
  4. Click on 'Save translation' (red arrow in Image 4) to save your translation or click 'Skip to next' (green arrow in Image 4) if you want to skip the current message.
  • If you want to do translations into Romi Konkani, then visit this link instead: Mediawiki core Romi

Reviewing translations

Image 5: Reviewing mode
  1. If you want to review the translations that have already been done, click on 'Review' at the bottom right of the page (see Image 5).
  2. On the right side, you can choose to either mark each message as reviewed, or to edit the existing translation.
  3. You can return to the translations mode by clicking on 'List' at the bottom of the page (see Image 5).


Main TranslateWiki FAQ page

  • I spotted an incorrect translation in the Wiki interface. How can I find the message on TranslateWiki using the text that I spotted?
  • How to find the key of a message in the Wiki so that I can translate it?
  • How to find a message in the TranslateWiki translation editor using its message key?
  • I am finding it difficult to translate a particular word. What can I do?
  • You can check if the word has already been translated in another message. To do this, change from viewing the 'Untranslated' strings to 'Translated' strings, then search for the word in the search box on the side that says 'Filter list'. The list will be filtered to show translated messages that include the word.
  • You can try to refer to a dictionary. Several are listed here
  • How can I see the recent translations done in Konkani?
This link for Devanagari and this link for Romi.