Arabic Wikitravel Expedition
The Arabic Wikitravel Expedition is an expedition to create an Arabic-language version of Wikitravel.
For more information on multilingual Wikitravel policy, please see Wikitravel:Language version policy.
Arabic is a language spoken in almost all Middle East and North Africa countries. There are 422 million native speakers worldwide. These travelers would be well-served by a Wikitravel travel guide in their language.
In addition, contributions in Arabic would help the other Wikitravel language versions. Many Arabic-speaking areas 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. Arabic-speakers are also frequent travelers and would have a lot to contribute on other destinations and topics.
This Expedition has the following goals:
Mumtaz! Let's try to get this set up before Wikimania 2008 in July. Jpatokal 10:01, 23 June 2008 (EDT)
See also Wikitravel:Language version policy for more information about the procedure of forming a French Wikitravel.
Completed: Gathering a team of users
To get this project started, we need at least 3 Arabic-speaking users willing to contribute to Arabic Wikitravel.
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I agree to forming the Arabic Wikitravel and am willing to contribute:
If there are no objections, Mohamed Nour, the person who started this Expedition, has volunteered to act as go-between for this new language.
Kareem El Sayed Kimo 09:19, 23 June 2008 (EDT)
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 Arabic Wikitravel.
We can collaboratively do this at LanguageAr.php. It's started off with the Wikipedia language file, and we can use the English en: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.