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Bug 72153 - meta=siteinfo should allow client to identify RTL languages
meta=siteinfo should allow client to identify RTL languages
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
API (Other open bugs)
All All
: Unprioritized normal (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
: i18n
Depends on:
Blocks: rtl 64617
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Reported: 2014-10-16 21:35 UTC by Jon
Modified: 2014-10-30 19:06 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Jon 2014-10-16 21:35:02 UTC

This returns a list of language codes
languages: [ {code:aa, *:Qafár af} ...{lang:he, url:, *:טופו} ]

In mobile we need to identify which languages are RTL and which are not.

Expected: Return a rtl property when a language is RTL
languages: [ {code:aa, *:Qafár af } ... {lang:he, url:, *:טופו, rtl: true }]
Comment 1 Brad Jorsch 2014-10-16 22:51:49 UTC
At a glance, it seems this would require fetching a Language object for every single language. That may be prohibitive from a performance perspective.
Comment 2 Jon 2014-10-16 22:55:28 UTC
Pulling in some i18n experts.
Comment 3 Brad Jorsch 2014-10-16 23:11:12 UTC
Even if we can skip that part (as with Language::getFallbacksFor()), it would still require loading language info for every language which has the same concerns.
Comment 4 Niklas Laxström 2014-10-17 08:56:05 UTC
I said on IRC that many people use for getting the direction of a language. I do not know if that is possible for you.
Comment 5 Nemo 2014-10-17 09:54:34 UTC
I don't understand the bug summary.
 lang="he" rtl=""
Comment 6 Umherirrender 2014-10-30 19:06:10 UTC
He is asking for rtl="" for all supported languages, not for the content language (where the flag exists).

For what the dir is needed in this context?

Another solutation maybe where to add the dir (rtl or ltr) to each language link from the prop=langlinks, than there is no need to fetch all languages and just use the one which are needed.

By the way:
For performance you can actually change meta=siteinfo&siprop=languages by llprop=autonym

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