The blank home pages require some configuration, as described here:
turn on some extensions. But as we saw in India (that night we tried Web
Fonts on my Android phone), it may be very challenging to run some
extensions on any mobile device.
There will also be limitations in lower devices, including Android 2.3 and
lower, as I recall, which lacks a rendering engine, so dynamic font
delivery will not work.
Difficult challenges on mobile. I would like to test Narayam on the mobile
In a related note, have you tried the latest Android app in Hebrew? Or any
On Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 2:12 AM, Brion Vibber <bvibber(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
At this time the mobile interface does not support
WebFonts or any other
extension (the MobileFrontend extension does the mobile formatting, and
You can click through the 'view on regular wikipedia' link to test whether
WebFonts works there; if support is good we can make the extensions talk to
There is some concern that Indic fonts are likely to fail to render
properly even if the fonts come through due to limitations in the
platforms, but that's what testing is for! :)
The blank home pages are a known issue with how they get special-cased in
the reformatted if they don't have specially marked sections; there should
be a doc page around somewhere...
On Dec 15, 2011 12:20 AM, "Amir E. Aharoni"
I've been asked on the Wikimedia India mailing list whether WebFonts
work on the mobile sites, and frankly, i didn't know what to say.
I'm not even sure what the mobile sites *are* now. If i browse from my
laptop to https://ta.m.wikipedia.org
, am i supposed to see what a user
who browses to https://ta.wikipedia.org
from his phone sees?
If that is the situation, then most Wikipedias in Indic languages are
probably not properly configured to support the mobile site. I found
actual content only on Tamil (ta), Marathi (mr) and, somewhat
surprisingly, Sanskrit (sa). All the other Wikipedias only show a
search box and some boilerplate text, although most of it is
Is it worth the effort to tell the local admins there to make the
necessary configuration or is the mobile site going to change soon?
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