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            Bug ID: 60677
           Summary: Disable Esperanto conversion on Esperanto wikis
           Product: Wikimedia
           Version: wmf-deployment
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: Unprioritized
         Component: Site requests
            Blocks: 60329
    Classification: Unclassified
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"Esperanto magical conversion" is a feature that automatically converts some
character combinations, such as cx, jx and a few others to Esperanto letters
such as ĉ and ĵ.

This feature was useful in the first years of Wikipedia when there were no
smart and generic typing solutions, but by 2014 the input method functionality
in the Universal Language Selector can do the same in a way that is more robust
technically and more flexible to the user as well.

I already brought up the topic of replacing the magical conversion with ULS in
conversations with several Esperanto Wikipedia editors, and there seemed to be
general agreement to the step.

What is needed currently:

1. More formal agreement of Esperanto wiki communities to doing this.
Discussion pages in* projects should probably be used for that. The
discussions can be held in Esperanto - Brion and I can read it.

2. A technical approval from somebody who is familiar with the feature. For
example, is it OK to just disable it, or should some conversion run on the the
current data? There may also be other technical points that I am not thinking
of now.

3. ULS must be re-enabled by default, at least on these wikis.

4. The community members should choose what should be the default keyboard
layout. We have "h-f", "h", "plena", "q", "transliteration", "vi" and "x". If
I'm not mistaken, the "x" system is the closest to the current "magical
conversion", but the communities may prefer something different. (The will be
able to choose another system, or to disable it altogether.)

Please add any other notes that I forgot.

(Related: Bug 21781.)

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