Urdu Wikipedia

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اردو ویکیپیڈیا
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Main Page of Wikipedia Urdu in April 2015
Type of site
Internet encyclopedia
Available inUrdu
HeadquartersMiami, Florida
OwnerWikimedia Foundation
Created byWikimedia Foundation and the Urdu Wiki community
URLur.wikipedia.org
CommercialNo
RegistrationOptional
Users147,186
Launched27 January 2004; 18 years ago (2004-01-27)
Current statusActive
Content license
Creative Commons Attribution/
Share-Alike
3.0
(most text also dual-licensed under GFDL)
Media licensing varies

Urdu Wikipedia (Urdu: اردو ویکیپیڈیا), started in January 2004, is the Urdu language edition of Wikipedia, a free, open-content encyclopedia.[1][2] As of 24 June 2022, it has 172,128 articles, 147,186 registered users and 12,148 files, and it is the 54th largest edition of Wikipedia by article count, and ranks 26th in terms of depth among Wikipedias.[3] There were 14.2 million page views in August 2021.[4]

History[edit]

Wikipedia started being multilingual in May 2001. At first, Urdu Wikipedia faced technical problems with the Urdu script font, but now this matter is mostly settled; some unsolved areas remain. Urdu is written in Perso-Arabic script, a right-to-left writing system. As a result, users sometimes need to configure their operating systems and web browsers accordingly.

Currently Urdu Wikipedia uses "Urdu Naskh Asiatype" font, which was introduced and is freely distributed by BBC at BBC Urdu Service website.[5] The font is primarily used for article bodies and headings. Urdu variation of Times New Roman is used for navigation links. Both of these fonts are variations of Naskh style. Some Pakistani variations of complex Nasta'liq script are also supported only as a secondary choice in class definitions of CSS, i.e. if default font is not found on client system, then Nasta'liq script is used. The translation of the Wikipedia interface and project information pages into Urdu is still in progress. Some pages about how to edit have been translated.

In January 2016, Urdu Wikipedia ranked first in the number of articles as compared to other Indian languages.[6] In India, Urdu Wikipedia activities are hosted and promoted by the Dehalvi Wikimedia User Group. The group hosted its first educational program in Deoband in February 2020.[7]

Milestones timeline[edit]

Date Milestone[8]
19 June 2006 1,000
13 August 2006 2,000
15 March 2007 5,000
29 March 2009 10,000
28 October 2012 20,000
2014 40,000
24 April 2014 50,000
12 August 2015 75,000
29 December 2015 100,000[9]
December 2017 125,000
23 November 2019 150,000

Users and editors[edit]

Urdu Wikipedia statistics
Number of user accounts Number of articles Number of files Number of administrators
147186 172128 12148 11

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "کراچی میں وکی پیڈیا صارفین کا تاریخی اجلاس" (in Urdu). Karachi: Karachi Updates. 19 October 2009. Archived from the original on 30 April 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Wikipedians meetup in Pakistan" (in Urdu). Karachi: News Urdu. 19 October 2009. Archived from the original on 23 October 2009. Retrieved 23 October 2009.
  3. ^ "List of Wikipedias - Meta". Meta.wikimedia.org. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  4. ^ Total page views - ur.wikipedia.org, Wikimedia Statistics, December 31th 2020
  5. ^ "BBC Urdu - صفحۂ اول". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  6. ^ Muralidhara Khajane (19 January 2016). "Kannada Wikipedia not on top of the charts". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  7. ^ 2019-2020 Annual report for the Dehalvi Wikimedia User Group
  8. ^ m:Wikimedia News
  9. ^ Wikipedia:Milestone statistics

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