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Wikitravel's [[Wikitravel Shared:language version policy|language version policy]] requires three things to start a new language version:
 
Wikitravel's [[Wikitravel Shared:language version policy|language version policy]] requires three things to start a new language version:
  
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There are tasks you can and should do before the new language version is launched.
 
There are tasks you can and should do before the new language version is launched.
  
# Check if somebody has already started an expedition at [[Language Expeditions]].
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# You can create a new language expedition page using the [[Wikitravel Shared:Language Version Expedition template]]. Just copy-and-paste the code from the template onto the new page.
# You can create a new language expedition page using the [[Language Version Expedition template]]. Just copy-and-paste the code from the template onto the new page.
 
 
# Acting as the go-between for a language version is ''mostly a chore''. If you are starting an expedition, ''please'' feel free to put your name in as go-between; it is not immodest or rude. ''Don't bother'' with voting or an election unless more than one person wants the job.
 
# Acting as the go-between for a language version is ''mostly a chore''. If you are starting an expedition, ''please'' feel free to put your name in as go-between; it is not immodest or rude. ''Don't bother'' with voting or an election unless more than one person wants the job.
 
# Don't sit back and wait for other users to sign up for the expedition; go out and recruit them. The language's Wikipedia version, Slashdot-like sites, blogs in the language, or Web forums are good places to recruit expedition members.
 
# Don't sit back and wait for other users to sign up for the expedition; go out and recruit them. The language's Wikipedia version, Slashdot-like sites, blogs in the language, or Web forums are good places to recruit expedition members.
 
# If the new language uses formal speech, decide whether to address the authors/readers in formal or informal speech.
 
# If the new language uses formal speech, decide whether to address the authors/readers in formal or informal speech.
 
# If the new language has regional or country-by-country variations (like English, French, and German do), work out how you're going to deal with them.
 
# If the new language has regional or country-by-country variations (like English, French, and German do), work out how you're going to deal with them.
# Make a translation [[List of Wikitravel-specific vocabulary|list of all Wikitravel-specific vocabulary]].
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# Make a translation [[Wikitravel Shared:List of Wikitravel-specific vocabulary|list of all Wikitravel-specific vocabulary]].
# Make a translation list of all article names in the Wikitravel: namespace. If every translator translates the linked article names on his own idea, it will become ''very'' hard to fix broken links after all. (This experience has been made at the start of de:) [[:en:Wikitravel:Namespace index]] is a good place to start.
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# Make a translation list of all article names in the Wikitravel: namespace. If every translator translates the linked article names on his own idea, it will become ''very'' hard to fix broken links after all. (This experience has been made at the start of de:) [[Wikitravel Shared:Namespace index]] is a good place to start.
 
# Make a translation list for all headers used in the article templates. Think twice for good translations. Very hard to change later.
 
# Make a translation list for all headers used in the article templates. Think twice for good translations. Very hard to change later.
 
# Translate. If you are impatient enough to begin your translations on en: before launching the new version, all your links will be broken since you cannot write the translations into the en:Wikitravel: namespace. Thus, there is no control for misspelled links. Do not try to link to already translated articles in some user's sandbox, because after transferring them to the newly launched wiki, you will have a big mess to adapt them.
 
# Translate. If you are impatient enough to begin your translations on en: before launching the new version, all your links will be broken since you cannot write the translations into the en:Wikitravel: namespace. Thus, there is no control for misspelled links. Do not try to link to already translated articles in some user's sandbox, because after transferring them to the newly launched wiki, you will have a big mess to adapt them.
 
'''Note''': the ''LanguageXX.php'' files used by old versions of MediaWiki are ''not used anymore'', so please do not waste your time translating them.  The basic interface for all major languages is built-in, but they can be customized online ''after'' launch by accessing [[MediaWiki:Allmessages]] (administrators only).
 
  
 
==After launch==
 
==After launch==
The [https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html CIA World Factbook] is a good source of basic information for countries.  All country flags and maps in the Factbook have already been uploaded to [[Main Page|Wikitravel Shared]] and can be used immediately, all you need to do is figure out the country code: for example, [[:Category:Afghanistan|Afghanistan]] is at http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/'''af'''.html, so its flag is [[:Image:af-flag.png|Image:af-flag.png]] and its map is [[:Image:af-map.png|Image:af-map.png]].
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The [http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/ CIA World Factbook] is a good source of basic information for countries.  All country flags and maps in the Factbook have already been uploaded to [[Main Page|Wikitravel Shared]] and can be used immediately, all you need to do is figure out the country code: for example, [[Afghanistan]] is at http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/'''af'''.html, so its flag is [[:Image:af-flag.png|Image:af-flag.png]] and its map is [[:Image:af-map.png|Image:af-map.png]].
  
 
# Make a translation list for all country names from English to your language.
 
# Make a translation list for all country names from English to your language.
 
# Use some script to build skeletons with headers and basic factbook information for each country.  This you'll have to build by yourself.
 
# Use some script to build skeletons with headers and basic factbook information for each country.  This you'll have to build by yourself.
# Upload the skeletons with a bot. One choice is [[:en:User:Jpatokal/post.py|post.py]] (see [[:en:User talk:Jpatokal/post.py|documentation]]), which uses the [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pywikipediabot Pywikipediabot] script framework.
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# Upload the skeletons with a bot. One choice is [[User:Jpatokal/post.py|post.py]] (see [[User talk:Jpatokal/post.py|documentation]]), which uses the [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Pywikipediabot Pywikipediabot] script framework.
 
# Hope for contributors and advertise the new wiki.
 
# Hope for contributors and advertise the new wiki.

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