Last modified: 2014-02-12 23:38:19 UTC
Some advertisings seems to be broken on wikis like WP:FA,
Created attachment 11902 [details]
Advertising on WP:FA
I have updated the banner in question with the Farsi translation . This should have resolved the particular issue shown in the attachment, occurring when viewing fawiki with Farsi as user language, as the reporter appears to have. Any Meta admin could have done so, as described on the translation page linked from the banner .
As I understand it, the issue was not that the banner displayed in English (although of course it is preferable to have it available in the local language), but rather that the English banner displayed in a broken way - "?How should...", ".(Comment on proposals...", etc.
It's worth noting the English-language version of this banner displays fine on hewiki, another right-to-left wiki , when selecting English as user language. And on the other hand, for some reason selecting a specific banner does not seem to work at all to me on either fawiki  or arwiki . Same for other banners, e.g. compare  and .
This suggests to me that this is a general issue with the display of banners in *some* RTL wikis, in particular when there is no local translation available and the CentralNotice fallback logic selects a LTR version to display, as it was the case here. I'll also note that there is an open bug which may be related .
Also, it is my understanding that Bugzilla is for fixes in the software running on Wikimedia sites, or their configuration, rather than for requesting content changes on these wikis (as in this case). In that regard, this bug is better understood as reporting a general problem. For these reasons, I am hesitant to claim the fame of having resolved this bug solely based on my wiki edits that fixed this particular banner. So I am resetting the assignee to default.
 https://he.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?banner=FDCpropreview20031&uselang=en (note that you have to be logged in to see this and the other banner examples)
 https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=21778 "BiDi issue in RTL wikis at site notice with LTR text ending with Unicode characters with neutral directional"
(In reply to comment #2)
> This suggests to me that this is a general issue with the display of banners
> in *some* RTL wikis, in particular when there is no local translation available
Sidenote: The wrong placement of punctuation marks also happens in other [intentionally] unlocalized strings on RTL wikipages and is not specific to CentralNotice but probably lower in the core stack, e.g. my username "AKlapper (WMF)" is displayed as "(AKlapper (WMF" on https://he.wikipedia.org .
(In reply to comment #3)
> (In reply to comment #2)
> > This suggests to me that this is a general issue with the display of banners
> > in *some* RTL wikis, in particular when there is no local translation available
> Sidenote: The wrong placement of punctuation marks also happens in other
> [intentionally] unlocalized strings on RTL wikipages and is not specific to
> CentralNotice but probably lower in the core stack, e.g. my username
> (WMF)" is displayed as "(AKlapper (WMF" on https://he.wikipedia.org .
That looks similar to https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=45932 , btw.
Bug 49255, bug 45941, bug 45932 might all have the same underlying reason. Anybody who knows the codebase better, feel free to mark as a duplicates.
I wonder if adding a <span lang=""></span> to banner messages would help... I shall try that at some point; writing down here so I dont forget.
As you can see in the screenshot above, not only brackets are affected by this issue @ Andre. I reverted your misleading changes back to the old.