Beta features have icons to represent them at Special:Preferences.

They usually show a schematic representation of a MediaWiki page with a logo in the top left corner, and this of course means that they should be flipped for RTL languages.

Some of them are trivial - just a horizontal flip.

Some of them are less trivial - for example, in the one for the VisualEditor formula editing I flipped the image and then flipped the Sigma icon inside it so it would still look like Σ and not flipped.

Some of them are even less trivial, for example the icons for the font style experiments. It shows the Latin letter A, and it's weird to show a Latin letter in the beginning of a right-to-left text. Luckily, there are only two major right-to-left scripts, so I made one icon for Hebrew and one for Arabic (my sincerest apologies to speakers of Divehi and Syriac).

Some relevant sample commits:
* https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/94379/
* https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/94269/
* https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/94423/
* https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/98159/

In any case, I'd like to request that the designers who make these icons would do it from the start. My Inkscape skills miraculously worked for this till now and there were almost no complaints about my work. Still, when it comes to graphics software I am not even an amateur, and this should probably be done by professionals. More importantly, a real designer would do it with a consideration for RTL from the start.

As always, if you have any questions about internationalizing and bidifying these icons or any others, please ask Language engineering at the mediawiki-i18n mailing list or the IRC channel of the same name.


Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
‪“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore‬