What is Translation Wiki?

MSDN Translation Wiki is a wiki environment that allows users to read and edit MSDN Library online content for Visual Studio and .NET Framework with an editor. It consists of a combination of human and Machine Translation so the ability for users to improve the translation is important.

What languages is Translation Wiki available?

The languages in which Translation Wiki is currently available for Visual Studio 2010 are Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, and Turkish. More languages will be available in the future for next versions of the product.

Current Features

  • A viewer that allows users to see English and translated content side by side.
  • Lightweight sentence-level editor.
  • Sentence-level mapping between English and translated content.
  • Translation edits done in one page are automatically propagated throughout the site which allows better consistency and quality of translation and less editing effort to improve the MT quality.
  • Translation edits captured in Translation Memories which allows us retrain the MSR MT engine, improve our MT content over time, and update the content as required to keep it at par with the English content as it gets updated.
  • Visual Studio IDE integration through F1 help.
  • An in-line bilingual viewer is also available on the Lightweight view of the Library, which allows users to see the original English text when hovering with the pointer on the text. A new Translation Wiki Editor on Lightweight view will be available in the near future.

How do we involve community for post-editing and moderation?

Any user who has a Windows Live ID can suggest a better translation. A pool of trusted moderators (MVPs, Student Partners, and Microsoft employees) reviews, approves, or rejects the submitted changes to ensure the linguistic and technical accuracy of the suggestions. Once a moderator approves a suggestion, it will be displayed in the site. Moderators can also improve the translations on the site and they are displayed into the site in real time.

If you are an MVP, Student Partner, or Microsoft employee, please contact us at the alias below to become a moderator. Otherwise, you can also start improving the content. After few weeks of edits, you can contact the Microsoft PM at the alias below expressing your interest in becoming a moderator. The PM will let you know if you qualify already and send you more information on what means to be a moderator.

For more information, visit our FAQ page or contact us at stbicloc@microsoft.com.