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Wikitravel:Spanish Wikitravel Expedition

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This expedition has launched! You can see Spanish-language Wikitravel at .

The Spanish Wikitravel Expedition is an expedition to launch a Spanish-language version of Wikitravel, per the language version policy.


Spanish is the native language of about 350 million people worldwide. It is the third most widely spoken language in the world, and countries with Spanish as the official language can be found on four continents. In addition, immigrant Spanish-speaking communities are a significant part of the population in the United States, Canada, Australia, and parts of Europe.

A Spanish-language version of Wikitravel would serve these travellers with information in their native language. In addition, Spanish speakers could add information on their native and adopted countries, regions, and cities to the es: version of Wikitravel that could then be translated to other languages. All Wikitravellers would benefit from local-contributed information.


  • Assemble a group of interested contributors willing to start a new Spanish-language Wikitravel version
  • Translate the language interface file to Spanish
  • Choose a go-between who will provide a link between the new Spanish-language version and other Wikitravel language communities
  • Launch the new language version
  • Translate key documents that are necessary for new users to understand and contribute to the new language version
  • Make Spanish-language Wikitravel an integral part of the multilingual Wikitravel community


Per the language version policy, we need at least three people to commit to helping to launch this new version. These contributors are expected to help translate the language interface file (see below), translate important interface documents, and otherwise make Spanish-language Wikitravel ready for use by other editors.

The following people agree to make this level of contribution:

Note: if you want to help, please create a user account and then add your name to the list above.


A go-between for a new language version of Wikitravel acts as an "ambassador" for the new version to the rest of the Wikitravel community. They communicate information on developments in the new version to the rest of the community in monthly go-between reports, and they communicate developments in other languages to the new version's contributors.

Optimally, a go-between should have the following characteristics:

  • Strong Spanish reading and writing skills (not necessarily native)
  • Strong English reading and writing skills (not necessarily native)
  • Some experience with Wikitravel in one of its language versions
  • Familiarity with Wikitravel's goals, style, and policies

Go-betweens for previous language versions have been chosen by voting, or else just by general consensus. It's up to the Spanish-language Wikitravel contributors listed above to decide how to choose a go-between.

Language file[edit]

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 Spanish Wikitravel.

The language file for Spanish Wikitravel is Wikitravel:LanguageEs.php. It's currently a copy of the LanguageEs.php that is distributed with MediaWiki. It should be customized to a) refer to Wikitravel, not Wikipedia; b) refer to the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 1.0 license, not the GNU Free Documentation License; c) refer to travel guides, not encyclopediae. There are probably some other adaptations; it may be useful to refer to the Wikitravel:Language.php English-language file for help.

It seems that this is mostly done! Guaka 18:34, 6 Jan 2006 (EST)