Help:System messages

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In principle for every language a set of ca. 1800 system messages in that language is provided in the message file languages/Messageslanguagecode.php. In the preferences a logged-in user can select an interface language. For incidental use it can also be specified in the URL with the parameter uselang=language_code. As of October 2007 there are ca. 150 interface languages to choose from.

Each MediaWiki site has a site language. This is the default interface language for that site.

Typically the code uses the site language in link targets and the user-specified language in other texts, including link labels.

HTML elements which are not normally passed on to the browser, are when occurring in certain messages.

This page is derived from the MediaWiki help page on System messages