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Bug ID: 59151
Summary: Multilingual searching and autocompletion, support for
Product: MediaWiki extensions
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The user is forced to choose and set only one language even when he is able to
use more languages and is active at more Wikipedia projects. If the searched
item or property have not its label in the currently selected language, the
autocompletion ignores the item or the property. Regrettably, none of language
is mandatory in item labels, thus none language (not even English) is usable as
the universal language. Properties have their primary label in English (and
labels in other languages is mostly missing) - thats forces users to set
English as their user language instead of their native language. That all make
the work on Wikidata needlessly tiresome. The intention to localize Wikidata
harms heavily the universality and internationality of the project.
Some improvement would be if all searching and autocomplete functions will go
through all languages and the user-preferred languages will be preferred in the
As an example, at Wikimedia Commons, such multilingual fulltext searching (in
all language versions of description together) works naturally and usefully. It
is necessary especially for proper nouns of people or places, brand names etc.
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