Hi all, Happy to announce that Short URLs are now available in every page of Tamil Wikipedia. Sharing Indic URLs with unicode characters are never fun since one will get an ugly looking URL like http://ta.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AE%B5%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%95%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%95%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%AA%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%AA%E0%AF%80%E0%AE%9F%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%AF%E0%AE%BE:%E0%AE%86%E0%AE%B2%E0%AE%AE%E0%AE%B0%E0%AE%A4%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%A4%E0%AE%9F%E0%AE%BF . (Forget about twitter, even mails are tough).Now its easier http://tawp.in/r/262 !! The short url is visible on top right of every page, extreme right of the article title. For the technically inclined, the shortening happens by encoding the page id of a mediawiki page to base36 (No database for shorturls here!) and hence doesnt depend on any other server.
I would like to thank User:Mountain for the shortify project which powers this. (Gerard, this is already localized in tamil,malayalam :) ). It would be great if this could be "extensionized" in mediawiki as its a feature must for wiki's running in non latin languages.I would also like to thank YuviPanda for setting this up on his server and doing some customization for Tamil wiki. (YuviPanda is an ubergeek looking to do some serious work for mediawiki in GSoC), Kishore for some quick css help in making this happen. It would be great if this can be supported by Wikimedia itself. Even if the fancy twitter friendly short domain name is not there,if just the redirection part is hosted for all projects on wikimedia servers(existing domain names will do), it will be of great use, especially for non latin languages. I understand Malayalam wikipedia has a redirect mechanism based on the english interwiki title for sometime now.Even we would want to do this, but am thinking if redirects are an optimal, search engine friendly solution or are there better ways of doing it.Can someone please educate me. Also IMHO URLs with transliterated text will help Indic languages. But making them search friendly is a key thing and if we could do this, am sure the readership would bound to increase a few times.(Not everyone knows to type in regional language and many use transliterated text for search and then consume vernacular content). Wikipedia is missing them!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Mountain  https://github.com/mountain/shortify Regards Srikanth.L
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