[Mediawiki-i18n] Italics for Macedonian wiki

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 07:05:34 UTC 2016

The obvious solution is in using fonts that work properly for a language as
it is possible to use a font based on the language code used for a text
(standard MediaWiki functionality).

It is therefore only a matter of using the right font and almost everything
will be good.

The obvious question is, is there a freely licensed font that can be used.

On 28 January 2016 at 18:32, Bojan Jankuloski <bojan.jankuloski at gmail.com>

> I writing to you by recoomendation of Andre Klapper
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:AKlapper_(WMF)> about the issue, and
> he said that I should ask The Language Engineering team about the issue I
> wrote about.
> I am writing as a bureaucrat of mk.wiki on the suggestion of other active
> editors and admins who feel that there is one issue that needs addressing
> on our wiki.
> Namely, that is the italics, whenever we use them. Unicode automatically
> shows the East Slavic italics, where several letters are different than in
> our own (and Serbian) alphabet. See the heading Differences from other
> Cyrillic alphabets
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbian_Cyrillic_alphabet#Differences_from_other_Cyrillic_alphabets> in
> the Serbian alphabet article (the image to the right shows the
> differences.. The correct ones for Macedonian and Serbian are i in the
> rightmost, yellow column). Same applies to Macedonian, i.e. it is the same
> letters that are different. In the text further near the end of the
> section, it mentions OpenType and things I don't udnerstand.
> Our question, as a wiki-community is: is it possible to have something
> done on our wiki (something to be installed) or elsewhere, so that we will
> get the proper letters? I know that some free fonts support this, but I am
> not sure which. I am sure the Serbians will also be interested to implement
> this on their wiki (although their case is somewhat more complicated by the
> fact they use dual script on all pages).
> We, as a community, use different operating systems and browsers, but
> everyone sees the Russian-Bulgarian italics, not the Macedonian/Serbian
> ones.
> Below I have a screenshot of a test I just made for each of the letters.
> Here is again the table of differences
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Serbian_Cyrillic_Italic.svg>.
> The ones we want are in the rightmost (yellow) column. We are asking if it
> is possible for all italics to be displayed this way on the wiki. This will
> need some special intervention (I assume) as currently we don't have them,
> but the Russo-Bulgarian in stead. (See screenshot below)
> This applies to every OS and browser, because it is a standard by Unicode
> that hasn't been modified yet to introduce our letters, and so it is, by
> definition, impossible for us to get Maced./Serb. italics without tweaks in
> the wiki. Our question is: are those tweaks possible, so our italics will
> look like that in the yellow column.
> I hope there may be a solution for our community.
> Thank you very much,
> Bojan Jankuoski,
> User: User Bjankuloski06 / Б. Јанкулоски
> <https://mk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9A%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%81%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%BA:Bjankuloski06>
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