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Bug 3929 - make RTL character "٭" (U+066D) equivalent to "*"
make RTL character "٭" (U+066D) equivalent to "*"
Product: Wikimedia
Classification: Unclassified
Language setup (Other open bugs)
PC Windows XP
: Lowest normal with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2005-11-11 20:09 UTC by WiseSabre
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:04 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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2005-11-16 01:05 UTC, lɛʁi לערי ריינהארט

Description WiseSabre 2005-11-11 20:09:57 UTC
While writing in urdu we use ٭ for making lists but this does not works.

while using ٭ lists are not generated
Comment 1 lɛʁi לערי ריינהארט 2005-11-11 20:45:38 UTC

I assume this is a RTL / BiDi duplicate.
bug 2020: both list indentations with # and * fail in LTR block on RTL wiki with
MonoBook skin

regards reinhardt [[user:gangleri]]
Comment 2 lɛʁi לערי ריינהארט 2005-11-16 01:05:01 UTC
Created attachment 1072 [details]
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To understand this *political* request please read at about U+066D.

This is not just about other types of asterisks you may find at

It is about the
Unicode Character ARABIC FIVE POINTED STAR - U 066D
(which might look differently depending on the font)
HTML Entity (decimal)		       ٭
HTML Entity (hex)		       ٭
How to type in Microsoft Windows       Alt +066D
UTF-8 (hex)			       0xD9 0xAD (d9ad)

It belongs to the
Unicode Characters in the Arabic Block 
together with the digits 0 - 9

The best solution would be to offer allow to define the character to be used
for list identations in a MediaWiki message same as done in
bug 3798: The arrow in [[Special:DoubleRedirects]] cannot be changed
and proposed as solution for
bug 3922: enhancement: adjust BiDi mess in category list

regards reinhardt [[user:gangleri]]
Comment 3 lɛʁi לערי ריינהארט 2005-11-16 07:45:25 UTC
removed dependency "blocks bug 745" as this not the case / this no BiDi or RTL issue
Comment 4 lɛʁi לערי ריינהארט 2005-11-18 13:56:47 UTC
There are other usages of "*" in MediaWiki software.

One is mentioned in
bug 4021: Search only searched for complete words by default, not for subpatterns
bug 4021 comment 1
> but try wildcarding: phra* test*

If there are keybords which do *not* contain the "*" character how "٭" (U+0669)
should be used as an equivalent?
- in all wiki's? people having the "keyboard problem" might want to search
wiki's as [[en:]], [[fr:]] etc.
- only as a local setting for a wiki?
- ???
Comment 5 Niklas Laxström 2008-09-21 09:49:15 UTC
Probably not going to be done with this amount of support.

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