Building scalable i18n and L10n tools for 300 languages at Wikipedia

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Wikipedia is arguably the most popular website on the Web today, and is living proof that collaborative content development powered by open source works.

People like you and I contribute an amazing variety of content including articles, photos, books and quotations in hundreds of languages across the planet - all with open licenses for everyone to share and enjoy. But to contribute effectively, everyone needs to be able to read and write in the language of their choice!

This session will deep dive into the open source language tools stack being developed for Wikipedia engineering to support 300+ languages. Alolita Sharma will walk us through input methods, web fonts, language selection, language specific plurals, gender, grammar support and translation features which are helping billions of users globally select their language, read Wikipedia articles in their own language with open source fonts available on-demand, edit Wikipedia articles using open source input methods and translate user interfaces.

Alolita Sharma is Director of Engineering at Wikipedia. She is driving the initiative for Wikipedia to build open source tools and technologies to support hundreds of languages for Wikipedia. An engineering manager and software engineer, she has been working with open source software and has promoted open source adoption for more than a decade. She is on the board of the Open Source Initiative, adviser to Software Freedom Law Center and a passionate advocate of open source and the open Web. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science and speaks internationally on language technologies, i18n, L10n, open web standards, open source trends, technologies and building successful developer communities.

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