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Add a search option "in any language" to the multi-lingual search on
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Currently we offer no search in Wikipedia that returns search results in any language. is our international entry page and this page would be the ideal place to add a search option "in any language".

Implementation idea: Such a search could be simply implemented by using Google to do a full text search on the domain For example, this would be the result of a search for "Enterobius vermicularis": (If we can implement such a search without Google, then all the better.)

See Also:
T26767: Multilingual search on project portals (e.g.

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Neitram created this task.Jul 7 2015, 12:06 PM
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Thanks for taking the time to report this!

How is this task different from T26767 ? (Also note that by default we do not rely on 3rd party services such as Google.) has a search input field and a drop-down list for the language, from Arabic to Chinese.
T26767 is a request to add an option to display two (or more) search boxes instead of the one. A user who often searches in English and Norwegian made this proposition. This suggestion is not a search in any language.

T104984 is a request to add an option "in any language" to the language selector so that it is possible to search in any language with one search.

Aklapper triaged this task as Low priority.Jul 7 2015, 1:57 PM
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Deskana changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Aug 4 2016, 8:20 PM
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This is currently not technically possible for performance reasons; the backend couldn't handle querying all the search indices simultaneously. Marking as stalled.

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removing from portal backlog for reasons stated in the above comment by @Deskana

Amire80 moved this task from Backlog to Watchlist on the Crosswiki board.Nov 15 2019, 4:39 PM
Amire80 moved this task from Watchlist to Search on the Crosswiki board.