Wiki Life: How to Translate TechNet Wiki Articles


Hello and welcome everybody to our Wednesday - Wiki Life post.

If someone asks me "What was one of your first experiences with TechNet Wiki?" my usual answer looks something like this "The translation challenge". I think some of you have already noticed that we start a translation challenge from time to time. In the past we have talked a lot about it. This is a "quick" overview:

Like you see, translation challenges have always been a part of this wiki. Why am I talking about this? Nothing is easier to get involved than translating something from one language into another one. Two years ago I have tried to explain my experiences on translating an article. Also two years ago Ed started a Wiki article similar to mine: How to Translate TechNet Wiki Articles. This article was updated from time to time and is a valuable resource for future translation ninjas.

What do you get from this article?

  1. You learn how to track the translation process.
  2. You learn how to use language codes.
  3. You receive some tips for translating quickly.
  4. You get some ideas on what to translate.

If you are interested in getting involved in the wiki and you have no idea how, have a look at Ed's article and start translating!

- German Ninja Jan (TwitterBlogProfile)

Comments (14)

  1. Davut EREN says:

    Excellent work Jan

  2. Great Artcle Jan, quick question is it possible to do transalation from other language to English...if so is there anything need to be consider on doing it out...since i know only english...but want to contribute on transalation...

  3. Horizon_Net says:

    @Davut Thanks!

    @Exchange Queries Of course, you can do translations in any direction you want. English is a special case. Before translating an article into English you should search the wiki if a similar article does already exist (because most of the articles are in English).

  4. Recep YUKSEL says:

    Thank you. Very good article.

  5. Durval Ramos says:

    Great post Horizon_Net !

    Translating an article is the best way to spread the knowledge about a topic.

    It's also a great way to honor the original author of the article, showing that the "content is good" and deserves to be shared with many people.

  6. This is great. Thanks, Jan!

    You used to be the Translation Challenge champion! Now Durval is! =^)

  7. Horizon_Net says:

    @Ed I'll be back! 😉

  8. Durval Ramos says:

    Ed, You're terrible !!!

    Horizon_Net, challenge accepted. =^D

  9. I thought that might get Jan fired up! =^)

    First I need to finish up the last award for the last challenge. Then I'll be ready to launch a new Translation Challenge!!!

  10. Nice one Jan! One day I'm going to try translating an article!! Going off of the advice I gave in my previous blog post about "partnering with someone who speaks the native language", I have no excuse!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hello most valuable Wiki family,
    I am calling Wiki family because we are really very big family. In

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