Errors in the Wikipedia logo

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The Wikipedia logo

This is a page for documenting errors in the Wikipedia logo.

Devanagari and Kana[edit]

A suggested fixed version with Devanagari and Kana corrected
Japanese Wikipedians are discussing the issue at ja:Wikipedia:井戸端/subj/ウィキペディアのロゴの修正(ワィ問題), and the font is likely to be changed to the Times-like one, not the current Arial-like one.

Kannada va + i written incorrectly[edit]

The Kannada letter vi is written incorrectly on the logo, as one can see from the Kannada main page, which shows the letter written correctly. The letter is currently written like this: Kn-wrongvi.jpg when it should be written like this: Kn-propervi.jpg.

Missing accents in some versions[edit]

Some versions of the logo have accents on the characters Ω (Omega, to the left of W) and И (below W). Since it is probably desirable to have the same logo everywhere, which one is the correct version?

The Danish version, one of many with the accents included

See commons:Image talk:Wikipedia-logo.png#Missing accents for a slightly more detailed analysis of this problem. See also commons:Wikipedia for all the localized versions of the logo.

Some letters not representing "W"[edit]

According to en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia logos#Alphabets represented in the logo, the letters represent the "letter from that alphabet that most closely resembles the English "W" as in "Wikipedia."

However, according to Nohat, the creator of the logo, at en:User talk:Nohat/archive 2005-02-22#Trouble in All the Logos!, "only some of the symbols were selected to represent "Wikipedia"— others were chosen at random." and 2 threads at en:User talk:Nohat/archive 2007-06-06 say the same thing. Angela says the same thing in Talk:Main Page/Archives/2006/01#Error in the Wikipedia Globe. Zocky repeats it at en:Talk:Main Page/Archive 86#Wrong devnagari symbol for "wi" in Wikipedia's logo.

So it is debatable whether letters not representing "W" is an error, since that was apparently never the original goal.

For example, the Chinese character should be changed from 袓 to 維.

And Сyrillic Й (or И in the new version) is odd, see R. Википедия, Biel. Вікіпедыя, Ukr. Вікіпедія, Mac. Википедија, Bulg. Уикипедия, S. Википедија.... If symbolic letters are required, Я would be fine.

White artifacts along the edge[edit]

Some localized versions of the logo have white artifacts along the edge - see for example the discussion at en:Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)/Archive 26#Wikipedia logo improvement.

The old (since fixed) English Wikipedia logo, with white artifacts along the edge. Compared with the German logo without artifacts.

This is caused by using a logo which does not use transparent anti-aliasing along its edges.