When typing “Fortran” in most search engines, the national (and/or English) Wikipedia page is at the top of the page. The English page is just below one half of the total views: Langviews Analysis.
If the English page is very complete and accurate, non-English pages can be of various lengths and quality. Many suffer from what we could call the dusty museum syndrome. The objective of the Wikipedia page is not to attract new users to Fortran, but neither is it to scare them away.
I therefore propose that we review, update and improve the Wikipedia Fortran pages in all our languages. Of course, the shorter the page, the easier to improve it! The English page can be seen as a reference, but your national page does not need to be as long and complete, just to give correct and up to date facts.
- The latest cited Fortran Standard can be old (e.g. Fortran 95 in the Simple English page). I think the latest standards should always appear in the introduction (and in the language infobox).
- Some pages show only old style code (generally Fortran 77, or Fortran 90 in a mixed free/fixed form). Although, it can be pertinent in an encyclopedia to show historical code, it is also important to show modern code.
- Not all pages have an infobox which resumes information about the language, especially the latest version (stable release), and the homepage of the language (verify that fortran-lang.org is listed). You can copy a frame of another language in your national Wikipedia and adapt it to Fortran. Note that some information is taken from the database Fortran - Wikidata (website, file extensions…)
- There is often an “External links” section at the end of the page: fortran-lang.org can also be listed there. For the moment, in the English page we have: “fortran-lang.org—the new home of Fortran on the internet (2020).” Do you think we should improve that description? I think the creation of the Fortran-lang.org community and its work on stdlib and fpm deserves to be mentioned.
- Information about compilers can need updating. And new compilers in development like LFortran, Flang, and new Intel Fortran Compiler ifx should appear. See the page Fortran Compilers - Fortran Programming Language
- Idem for libraries. See Fortran Packages - Fortran Programming Language
- All the internet links should be verified and updated if needed.
- Add books about Modern Fortran. See Learn Fortran - Fortran Programming Language
- The plan of the article may need reordering.
- You must keep in mind that Wikipedia is an encyclopedia based especially on the following principles: neutral point of view and verifiability. You can read the Wikipedia:Simplified ruleset - Wikipedia or the more complete guide Wikipedia:Contributing to Wikipedia - Wikipedia. See also Wikipedia:Simplified Manual of Style - Wikipedia
- Don’t forget to have a look at the tabs “Talk” and “View history” to understand the history of the page: controversies, choices… Identify other contributors.
- Make rather atomic modifications, like in git, with clear titles. If another contributor disagrees on a specific point, he can then easily undo only the problematic point (or launch a talk).
- Big modifications could be interpreted as vandalism by survey bots.
- Pages can also be surveyed by other editors.
- You don’t need a Wikipedia account to edit a page, but it’s probably better for big edits.
The list of “Fortran” Wikipedia pages is at the end of this page, with other related resources:
There are 77 languages, including English and Simple English. Note also that secondary Fortran pages can exist in your language: “High Performance Fortran”, “Fortran 95”, etc.
This message is of course based on my own work on the French page those last days.