Wikipedia's Next Billion Users with WebFonts

Alolita Sharma (Wikimedia Foundation)
Javascript & HTML5
Location: Portland 251

This presentation will walkthrough on open source internationalization (I18n) tools and technologies such as WebFonts, Narayam being developed by the Mediawiki project for Wikipedia. These tools are ground breaking open source tools that are enabling millions of users to view and read Wikipedia articles in their own languages through their web browser with open source embedded fonts and edit Wikipedia articles using open source input methods both on the desktop and mobile platforms.

This session will cover key technologies including open source Internationalization (I18N) tools, open source Webfonts, input keymaps and state of desktop and mobile platform language support.

Conclusion: A technology walkthrough to understand how open source tools are helping the Web be more open and accessible.

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Alolita Sharma

Wikimedia Foundation

Alolita Sharma is Director of Engineering at Wikipedia. She is driving the initiative for Wikipedia to extend open source tools and technologies such as WebFonts to support hundreds of languages and Wikipedia content to be available to billions of users across the web. Alolita Sharma is a computer scientist and software engineer who has been working with open source software and has promoted open source adoption for more than a decade. She is on the board of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and a passionate advocate of open source and the open Web. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science and speaks internationally on open source trends, technologies and building successful developer communities.

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Kevin Cole
07/03/2012 5:37pm PDT

Any thoughts or knowledge about “sign-writing”—a group of competing methods to represent sign languages used by deaf people in a printed format?

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