Background: Written Chinese has two variants, Traditional Chinese (used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and Simplified Chinese (used in China and elsewhere). Beyond that, there are some usage differences within the same variant. The Chinese Wikipedia supports variants and adjusting for usage differences using the LanguageConverter feature in MediaWiki. Editors can add text in their preferred variant (and articles would frequently contain both), which is then converted on display based on user preferences or browser settings.
Observed behaviour: When device language is English and the user is not logged in, zhwiki is always shown without converting the variant.
Expected behaviour: There should be a way to choose the variant shown.
Steps to reproduce:
- Go to the Settings app
- Go to Language & input
- Change the device language to English (United States)
- Open the Wikipedia app
- Tap on the menu icon and choose More
- Set Wikipedia language to Chinese
- All pages are displayed without variant conversion
This is also the case when the views a page in Chinese using the "Read in another language" feature. Note that variant conversion does happen when the device language is set to Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese, or if the user is logged in and has a variant preference set on zhwiki.