Opened 3 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#5753 new defect (bug)

Improve recognition for internationalization efforts on wp40% page

Reported by: jorbin's profile jorbin Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Site Keywords: has-patch


Alex King started the internationalization efforts in and before the switch to get text and Boren's great work to add the translation functions.

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3 years ago

#1 @jorbin
3 years ago

The suggested text adds Alex's efforts and links to but totally open to alternative phrasing.

To internationalize WordPress in 2004, Alex King <a href="%1$s">kicked off the efforts</a> before Ryan Boren <a href="%2$s">wrapped</a> translatable strings with the <code>__()</code> translation function. He went through the code, one line at a time, found everything that could be translated, and marked it up. This meant that when WordPress v1.2 was released, it not only contained the plugin API but was fully internationalized.

#2 @tobifjellner
3 years ago

By the way: If we're talking about efforts to reach 40% of the web, then @casiepa would be able to give a date for when more than 50% of all WordPress installations in the world were using a translated version of WordPress (i.e. other site language than en_US, right now it's around 55%)

#3 @andreamiddleton
3 years ago

I love this suggestion — thanks for calling this out, @jorbin!! What do you think would work as a timeline-level "title" for this milestone? Would any of these work?

WordPress is Internationalized
WordPress in More Languages
WordPress Supports Translation

#4 @jorbin
3 years ago

"WordPress Supports Translation" feels like a really good way to recognize this event. That leaves the door open for more events related to the non US English translations such as what tobifjellner mentions

3 years ago

Update title as well as text

#5 @casiepa
3 years ago

@jorbin If you need some more info, I'm gathering weekly stats on based on and
If you want longer history, you could find extra data on (last table at the bottom) where you could e.g. see that on 26-Oct-2016 only 47.5% of the sites were running non-US English. On 26-Jul-2017 we saw the first switch where more then half of the WP sites were running a translated version. Today we are at 55.5% translated sites.
@tobifjellner thx for the ping

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