Project: Categorization/Regional Categories

Categories: Categorization Project

Localized Categories

As of 2014, there is work going on to create separate regional hierarchies in different languages. In practise each category, say Europe, will have a page in English, French, German and any number of other languages as the need arises. The contents on these localized category pages should be written in the same as the the category name.

If a place has the same spelling in several languages, each category name should be followed by a language code in parenthesis, for example Category:Europe (en) for the category Europe in English and Category:Europe (fr) in French. The language codes come from the ISO 639 standard. We can use the two letter code (ISO 639-1), if there is one, or else a three letter code (ISO 639-3). Wikipedia has listed these codes.[1]

The same rules apply for each level of the regional hierarchy: countries, counties, towns and whatever subdivision is appropriate in the region in question.

Choosing the right category from the multilingual assortment is easy. Use the category with the same language that the profile (where the category is being added) is written in. This means that no one category might contain all profiles, but that the corresponding categories in other languages should also be checked.[2]


  1. G2G - What is the sctructure of the (multilingual) regional categories?
  2. Category Project Google Group - Example of English and Spanish Categories

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