Notes on creating a RTL-accessible tool in MediaWiki

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Notes on creating a RTL-accessible tool in MediaWiki

Leszek Manicki
Hi all!

When developing the Revision Slider extension [1] earlier this year, we (at
Wikimedia Germany) have learned quite some things about making extensions
and gadgets accessible for RTL language users. We have just published the
write up [2] summarizing what we've discovered.
We hope people developing new and existing tools, and in general developers
sensitive to RTL accessibility issues will find these notes interesting
and/or helpful.

Any comments are welcome!

[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:RevisionSlider
[2]
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:RevisionSlider/Developing_a_RTL-accessible_feature_in_MediaWiki_-_what_we%27ve_learned_while_creating_the_RevisionSlider

Best,
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Leszek Manicki
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Re: Notes on creating a RTL-accessible tool in MediaWiki

Tim Landscheidt
Leszek Manicki <[hidden email]> wrote:

> When developing the Revision Slider extension [1] earlier this year, we (at
> Wikimedia Germany) have learned quite some things about making extensions
> and gadgets accessible for RTL language users. We have just published the
> write up [2] summarizing what we've discovered.
> We hope people developing new and existing tools, and in general developers
> sensitive to RTL accessibility issues will find these notes interesting
> and/or helpful.

> […]

Very interesting read, thanks.  I think, like other reports
about WMDE software development, it should be published as a
blog post as well.  They reach a wider audience and also in-
herently convey that they are snapshots taken at a particu-
lar time, so there is no pressure to either constantly up-
date them or slap an "{{outdated}}" on them.

I really like those "lessons learned" posts, whether from
professional developers or GSoC students, so please keep
them coming.

Tim


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