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            Bug ID: 60580
           Summary: foreign language prefixes in URL should redirect to
                    canonical names, resolving using host wiki language
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: 1.22.0
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: Unprioritized
         Component: Special pages
    Classification: Unclassified
   Mobile Platform: ---

Coming at the problems described in bug 9040 and bug 24289 with an easy to
implement fix that hopefully resolves the underlying use-cases...

Users often put language codes into URLs to switch between languages.  This
always works _from_ English Wikipedia, as it uses canonical names in the URL.

If there are non-canonical names in the URL, converting them from the host
wiki's language into canonical names *before* being redirected to a different
wiki will allow the interwiki-target-wiki to understand the URL irrespective of
its language.

i.e. currently: redirects to

and redirects to


However, redirects to

which is not helpful. should redirect to should (on the host
wiki) be converted to which
would then redirect to which the fr.wp wiki would then
redirect me toécial:Liste_de_suivi

In addition to special pages, it would be very helpful if the same can be done
for the page name messages mainpage, but a few others may also be worth doing
at the same time (e.g. helppage, randompage-url)

There is a regular flow of users hitting this problem, and creating soft
redirects to fix the problem.  Please see these discussions

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