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Tamil Wikitravel Expedition

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The Tamil Wikitravel Expedition is an expedition to create a Tamil-language version of Wikitravel.

For more information on multilingual Wikitravel policy, please see en:Wikitravel:Language version policy.


Tamil language spoken by nearly sixty six million people in en:Tamil Nadu and in various other countries such as: en:Sri Lanka, en:Singapore and among immigrant populations in other countries.


This Expedition has the following goals:

  • To collect a good base of Tamil-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 Tamil Wikitravel, and vice-versa
  • To translate the interface files for Wikitravel into Tamil
  • To launch the new Tamil language Wikitravel.
  • To translate the pages and create the infrastructure necessary to make Tamil Wikitravel useful and friendly for new Tamil-speaking contributors.
  • To make Tamil Wikitravel an integrated part of the Wikitravel family.


The Language version policy lists the steps necessary to get a Tamil-language Wikitravel in place.

Gathering a team of users[edit]

To get this project started, we need at least 3 Tamil-speaking users willing to help start the Tamil 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 here on Wikitravel Shared, and sign the list below. To sign, type four tildes (~~~~) )

More than 3 users are welcome to sign up, but we need at least 3 to get started.


The Tamil version of Wikitravel will need a go-between who can keep the Tamil sq: community up-to-date on activity on the other language versions, and conversely report on developments on the new wiki for everyone else. If there are no objections, balajijagadesh, the person who started this Expedition, has volunteered to act as go-between for this new language.

Language interface 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 Tamil Wikitravel.

We can collaboratively do this at en:Wikitravel:LanguageTa.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.