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Download PDF option on Odia Wikipedia: Typeface issues in Odia
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List of steps to reproduce (step by step, including full links if applicable):

What happens?:
The first issue is political. The PDF starts with possibly a painting/artwork of a European white male (pardon my explicit tone and ignorance to investigate who the person is). The link to the author page that I have shared above is of a Dalit (read more on Wikipedia) scholar. Considering the colonial history of India and the long standing domestic oppression of Dalit-Bahujan peoples, it is outrightly offensive to have the same artwork on display when someone downloads. Representational images should not inherently be biased if they cannot be inclusive.

The second issue is technical. The typeface used does not correctly display Odia and the conjucts break. An alternate font can be Google's Noto Sans Oriya which is licensed under OFL 1.0 and should be compatible for Wikimedia projects.

What should have happened instead?:

  1. If a representational image has to be used for the PDF export then it should be something less biased, for instance an artwork showing the Odia writing system that does not inherently glorify historical/systemic oppression or it could just have the Odia Wikisource logo which does not invite unnecessary disputes.
  2. The conjuncts should be displayed correctly and a compatible font that does the job should be used instead.

Software version (if not a Wikimedia wiki), browser information, screenshots, other information, etc:

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Event Timeline

Aklapper renamed this task from Download option on Odia Wikipedia to Download PDF option on Odia Wikipedia: Typeface issues in Odia; problematic frontpage artwork.Apr 14 2021, 8:48 AM

Thanks for reporting these issues!

The first one, the cover image, will be fixed in T272763: Wikisource Export: Change the cover image to local Wikisource logo.

For the second one I've just changed the default font (for exports) to be Noto Sans Oriya. Can you test and see if this has improved the message?

Also, the whole "date of export" line can be translated (along with the rest of the user interface and other ebook messages) here:

Aklapper renamed this task from Download PDF option on Odia Wikipedia: Typeface issues in Odia; problematic frontpage artwork to Download PDF option on Odia Wikipedia: Typeface issues in Odia.Apr 14 2021, 10:39 AM

Thanks Sam for the quick action. I have translated the messages. When Noto Sans Oriya has fixed the font issue, I still see the English messages instead of the Odia translation. It probably takes some time?

Great, thanks. The new translations should be live within a week.

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2.6.2 is released now and includes the new translations:

I just downloaded using the exporting link above and it still shows the text in the same typeface with rendering issues. The svg remains the same like before.