[pmwiki-users] Tri-Linguality with columns?
alglt at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 16 07:32:58 CDT 2007
On Mon, 16 Jul 2007 13:49:53 +0200
"kirpi at kirpi.it" <kirpi at kirpi.it> wrote:
> > I thought this would be a good way to make users aware of the internationality
> > of the discussed issues in the wiki and to have all three languages equal
> > to each other instead of one language below the other would foster translingual collaboration.
> As far as I can say, you will hardly end up with something sound and usable.
> And even if you will, your community of editors will most probably
> **not** follow your plans.
> In all sites of nations where more than one language is officially
> spoken (Canada, Switzerland,...) I do not remember I ever saw a real
> **working** side-by-side-language site.
> And things complicate as you are handling a wiki, virtually edited by anybody.
On the other hand, a wiki could do the opposite of complicating things.
If the layout is as simple to understand as you proposed with the table layout or even simpler, made with custom markup, e.g.
(:en:) english text
(:de:) german text
(:fr:) french text
then a german speaking user, seeing a page with english and french columns filled, but with a german one empty, could be tempted to translate... Of course, it all depends on the community in the end.
Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see the outcome of such a project.
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