User talk:Kephir/old

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Again, welcome! --BiblbroX дискашн 22:05, 15 August 2012 (UTC)


Tnx for putting the translation template in it. It reminded me to try fill it up. --BiblbroX дискашн 22:05, 15 August 2012 (UTC)


You wouldn't happen to be well versed in mathematics, would you? I've got a bunch of mathematical terms in English that I'm having trouble defining, and I was wondering if you're interested. Currently, I'm thinking about the terms listed at w:Regular grid. Thanks! --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:39, 15 September 2012 (UTC)

Tried my best at regular grid. I am not sure if "tessellation" is a too technical term. Keφr (talk) 07:23, 15 September 2012 (UTC)
And now I notice we need parallelotope! Yes, your definitions are much better than mine. Well, I really hope that you keep adding mathematical terms, because we are very weak in that regard around here. --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 15:09, 15 September 2012 (UTC)
Is this so? From what I see, the core mathematical terms are already covered pretty well. Besides, mathematicians use few terms. They just generalise them a lot. In any case, drop me a list of words, and I may look through it. Keφr (talk) 06:25, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
I have very limited mathematical experience, but I find that a lot of basic mathematical terms are lacking here. Some examples, if you want them (from various divisions of pre-university-level mathematics): curvilinear grid, system of equations, quad paper, SOHCAHTOA, θ-intercept, field axiom. --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 23:27, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
Well, some of these are pretty self-descriptive terms — there is nothing about system of equations which you cannot find defined at system and equation, actually — on the other hand, these might be considered fixed phrases with translations that are likewise so. Keφr (talk) 06:43, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, I'd say they're idiomatic. Take a look at the Pawley criteria of idiomaticity. --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 01:58, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

Translation fixing

I really like that script a lot! If it is bug-free enough, do you think it could be added to User:KassadBot's auto-formatting bot? It would be invaluable! —CodeCat 12:26, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

Somewhat doubtful. First, the script is written in JavaScript — I do not know what KassadBot is written in, but I suspect something else entirely. Rewriting it in another language is nontrivial. Second, it's not really "bug-free enough" either — heuristics used by the script sometimes fail, resulting in template misapplication. Often it's enough to run the script and save the page, but just as often the script fails to parse a translation entry, or marks a qualifier as a transcription or vice versa, which is sometimes impossible to detect mechanically. So a human has to review the changes. But I encourage everyone to try it out (just click the install link and save the page). Keφr (talk) 12:39, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
Well then at least when you think it's ready, you should probably announce it on BP or GP. May I ask how it works, currently? Does it automatically run when the page is loaded, or does it wait for you to activate it? —CodeCat 12:45, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
Well, it is already quite usable, but I do not promise any stability. I updated the description page. I am unsure if either British Petrol or Green Party will want my script. Keφr (talk) 13:06, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
Do you think you can make it so that it automatically tries to apply fixes whenever it can, and then presents the user with a 'save' (or 'diff') button in the top left corner, like the translation editor does? That way, you wouldn't have to click 'fix' in each entry, only to find out that there is nothing to fix. You'd just be notified whenever there is something to fix. Much easier. :) —CodeCat 13:21, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
It is doable. However, 1) The script currently restricts itself to a single section, and I am a bit afraid that running it on the whole page might mess things up; 2) I did not want it to put any unnecessary load on the servers — this kind of thing should be done once per page, if at all, so it's ridiculous to run it on every page load and 3) it is usually already relatively easy to spot where it needs to be run — just look for translation lists with entries without cross-edition links. Not perfect, but a good rule of thumb. By the way, my script tags generic "Chinese" entries as "zhx-zho" — is this acceptable? Keφr (talk) 14:44, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
Not really, but all 'Chinese' translations need sorting into specific languages (usually Mandarin). So that part of the script isn't making things worse, it just isn't improving anything either. Mglovesfun (talk) 09:23, 21 September 2012 (UTC)
Maybe someone can modify {{t}} to put entries marked this way into a category, so at least the problematic entries are found more easily. Keφr (talk) 09:37, 21 September 2012 (UTC)
Any changes would need to apply to {{t}}, {{t+}}, {{t-}} and {{}}, and because they appear multiple times on a page, any changes have to be considered very seriously before implementation. Mglovesfun (talk) 09:39, 21 September 2012 (UTC)
As long as you're manually checking edits, I suppose the speed won't get too high, but do be aware of WT:RFFF if you intend to do any high-speed t-fixing. --Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 05:41, 22 September 2012 (UTC)