Wikitravel:Chinese Wikitravel Expedition
The Chinese Wikitravel Expedition is an expedition to create a Chinese language version of Wikitravel. For more information on multilingual Wikitravel policy, please see Wikitravel:Language version policy.
We just need to start little by little, I guess. To add new sections or subsections, use double "==" or "===". It's easy.
Chinese is the official language of China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, and is one of the four official languages of Singapore. About one-fifth of the people in the world speak some forms of Chinese as their native language, which means that a Chinese version of Wikitravel would serve a wide audience. In addition, many Chinese-speaking parts of Asia are major travel destinations; having locals update information in their native tongue (which could then be translated to other languages) would make for better information in all the Wikitravel guides.
This Expedition has the following goals:
- To collect a good base of Chinese-speaking users willing to take this project further.
- To choose a go-between who can keep users on the English-language site up-to-date on developments on Chinese Wikitravel, and vice-versa.
- To translate the interface files for Wikitravel into Chinese.
- To launch the new Chinese-language Wikitravel.
- To translate the pages and create the infrastructure necessary to make Chinese Wikitravel useful and friendly for new Chinese-speaking contributors.
- To make Chinese Wikitravel an integrated part of the Wikitravel family.
The Language version policy lists the steps necessary to get a Chinese-language Wikitravel in place.
Gathering a team of users
To get this project started, we need at least 5 Chinese-speaking users willing to help start the Chinese Wikitravel. This means helping to translate the interface files, create content on the new Wikitravel, and to create the necessary infrastructure to make Wikitravel welcoming and useful for the next wave of contributors.
If you're interested, please create a user account on this (English) Wikitravel, and sign the list below. To sign, edit this page and just type ~ 4 times, like "~~~~".
More than 5 users are welcome to sign up, but we need at least 5 to get started.
Part of the process of having a language version is having a single person responsible for reporting on issues in the larger Wikitravel community to the Chinese language version, and reporting on issues in the Chinese language version to the larger community.
The go-between should be conversant in English and Chinese, experienced with Wikitravel in other languages, and willing to make monthly reports and be an active participant in the Chinese Wikitravel community.
Language interface file
MediaWiki, the software that runs Wikitravel, uses a language interface file to make the links and names and prompts and stuff readable in other languages. We need to customize a new version to work for Chinese Wikitravel.
We can collaboratively do this at Wikitravel:LanguageZh.php. It's started off with the Wikipedia language file, and we can use the English Wikitravel:Language.php file as a reference for things that need to be changed. It's mostly just changing the name of the site (Wikipedia -> Wikitravel), the name of the license, and the names of some important pages.
- Chinese name: 维基旅行？