Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Miscellaneous/Vertical writing support

Vertical writing support

  • Problem: Scripts that are written vertically are not supported by Wikipedia interface.
  • Who would benefit:
    Users of language with vertically written script, include:
    1. American Sign Language SignWriting users and the ASL test wiki on incubator. The vertical writing support will also allow the ASL wikipedia to be actually created.
    2. Traditional Mongolian Script users, including general Mongolian user in Inner Mongolia as well as various different situation the could be used by usersin Republic of Mongolia.
    3. Historical scripts like Manchu, Tangut, Meroitic Monumental Hieroglyphic are also vertically written, supporting vertical writing will allow them to be more easily inputted into wikisource.
    4. Some Chinese/Japanese users might also prefer reading content in vertical writing direction.
  • Proposed solution: Support vertical writing direction in Mediawiki.
  • More comments: See also mw:Requests for comment/Vertical writing support.
    The ASL incubator wiki have already implemented their own custom way to try to display vertical writing onto their site.
    Some Traditional Mongolian script users for Mongolian language have also started their own mediawiki site that have already implemented their own method to support vertical writing onto their site.
  • Phabricator tickets: phab:T353, phab:T11436
  • Proposer: C933103 (talk) 06:56, 7 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • I endorse this demand which is clearly a must have for the global goal of our community. --Psychoslave (talk) 11:01, 9 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I am not sure if I am allowed to call myself a member of "the community", but I fully endorse this idea 💡. Personally I created a similar idea for only vertical reading but this one would be a lot better, in fact I find it somewhat odd that the Classical Chinese Wikipedia 🏛 isn't written this way as there are no ancient texts written "left-to-right and up-to-down. --Donald Trung (Talk 🤳🏻) (My global lock 😒🌏🔒) (My global unlock 😄🌏🔓) 11:19, 10 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I have archived the other proposal as a duplicate. Please feel free to copy over your comments here in the discussion MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 19:22, 10 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]