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html editor, right to left, arabic

Hendrik Reimann
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Joined: Apr 01, 2006
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Hello,

I'm working on a simple html editor. I have the task, to make an Arabic version of this editor. I have no clue about Arabic, but I do know it is written from right-to-left. So I wonder, should I set the writing direction for my editor area to right-to-left.
Arabic text is written right-to-left, but when the text is mixed with normal html tags, which contain latin characters, the whole thing looks very odd.

If you know Arabic, please let me know
- how do typical html editors behave in an Arabic version? Is the whole editor right-to-left?

Just to give you context. Normally my html is used by English people, however I got contacted by one customer who really wants an Arabic version of my editor. I didn't ask him if he wants right-to-left or left-to-right in the Arabic version, because I want to do the same what the majority of html editors on the market for Arabic people do, so it will be useful to the majority of Arabic people.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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