29-30 April 2022
Youth Center Smart Lab
Europe/Rome timezone

Bidirectional text support

30 Apr 2022, 10:55
Room 2

Room 2



Mostafa Ahangarha (Software Freedom Advocate)


Communication has become easier and more accessible than ever. This means more than ever we have social platforms (such as social media, discussion forums, social blogging, etc.) hosting content from different languages among which we have right-to-left ones. To have an inclusive platform, such software needs good support for left-to-right and right-to-left languages at the same time (regardless of the default language for the UI). Here, bidirectional text support comes to play.

Though technologies have features to address bidirectional text support, many software (desktop, mobile, web) don't use them. In this presentation, I demonstrate effective ways to add bidirectional text support to web projects. I also share some thoughts about the lacking pieces in technologies regarding bidi support.

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