About Spanish language and semantics URLs

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    I am interested on doing the Spanish translation of the new version of Burning Board. Until now I have been testing the betas and analyzing the new features. I’m waiting for a stable version to translate it completely.

    When I was checking the URLs, I have seen that the new version uses semantic URLs. This is great, but I think I should do some remarks related to the Spanish in the URLs.

    In Spanish exclamation and question marks are used for both, for opening and for closing phrases. I have realized that closing marks (? !) are omitted in URLs, but it doesn’t happen the same with opening marks (¿ ¡)

    In Spanish there is the Ñ letter, which is an N with a symbol called “virgulilla” on the top. Most of webs in Spanish use to transform Ñ in N in order to make it easier to remember and write.

    Stress sign ( ´ ) and diaeresis sign ( ¨ ) are used a lot in Spanish. I have seen that currently these signs are not omitted in the URLs. They use to be omitted in the URLs of Spanish web, although some webs like Wikipedia don´t do it. In my humble opinion is better to omit them in order to have URLs “friendlier” for the user.

    It looks “bad” copying a URL and having it full of symbols. (Invented example: https://beta.woltlab.com/index.php/Thre…B6-de-%C3%BCrl/ VS https://beta.woltlab.com/index.php/Thread/1-ejemplo-de-url/)

    I hope that you will take into consideration these remarks y to can contribute to make the new version better.

    Best regards.

    Edited 4 times, last by Aethior (September 21, 2013 at 8:21 AM).

  • I'm also Spanish and i think you're right about that (URLs with accents or "ñ"). For example, Wordpress omit tilde accents and "ñ"char among others.

    I think it's a good suggestion and i wish it were taken in consideration.

    Have you checked that ocurrs with other symbols, such as ordinal indicators? Right now i can't check, but it may take something similar... :o.

    Thanks for share your suggestion and sorry for my english :P


  • Starting with Beta 10 you can define custom URL replacements to transform the title component: ACP > System > Options > General > URL Replacements. Please check if that suits you :)

    Alexander Ebert
    Senior Developer WoltLab® GmbH

  • This is my personal settings for the URL replacements in Spanish. I have relied on Wordpress settings. I share it because it can be useful to others.

    Last updated: 23.02.2015

    Edited 18 times, last by Aethior (February 24, 2015 at 6:57 PM).

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