Type of activity: Workgroup
Main topic: Supporting Vertical Writing Mode in MediaWiki
Currently, vertical writing mode is not supported directly in MediaWiki software. Vertical writing mode is needed for the sign language Wikipeida projects on Incubator and other projects. Vertical Writing mode is currently used on Incubator using a hard-coded solution that is not flexible or fully realized. When the day comes for the American Sign Language Wikipedia to move from Incubator to a top level domain, vertical writing mode will need to be properly supported in MediaWiki software.
The best outcome would be to fully realize support for vertical writing mode in MediaWiki software. The second best outcome would be to bring together domain experts to fully quantify the scope of the problem and clearly identify the best solution, as well as encourage additional developers to participate in this task in the future.
Current status of the discussion
Speaking with Brion Vibber during WikiConference NA 2016, he said that browser support for vertical writing was sufficiently advanced to make support with MediaWiki software possible.