Right-to-Left Languages (RTL Languages)

Some languages, such as the Semitic languages Arabic and Hebrew are not written and read from left to right like the Western languages but from right to left. Across supports the translation to these right-to-left (RTL) languages. For translations to such RTL languages, Across automatically selects the text direction from right to left. The correct text direction is also selected automatically for other operations, such as the creation of terms.

The text direction can also be selected manually, e.g. to insert left-to-right passages or words such as names in right-to-left texts. This can usually be done in several ways:

  • By means of the icn_cDesk_te_schreibrichtung_ltr and icn_cDesk_te_schreibrichtung_rtl icons in the respective toolbar
  • With the respective item in the corresponding context menu
  • By means of the shortcut key Ctrl+Shift (right keys) for the text direction right to left and Ctrl+Shift (left keys) for the text direction left to right.

Furthermore, control characters for controlling the text direction can be inserted in the translation via the respective context menu, e.g. via the context menu of the Target Editor:

cDesk_te_kontextmenue_rtl_steuerzeichen-einfügen

The special characters are displayed if the display of the control characters is activated (via the icn_cDesk_te_steuerzeichen icon), e.g. in the toolbar of the Target Editor as shown here:

cDesk_te_rtl_steuerzeichen-angezeigt

You can insert the following special characters by means of the corresponding context menu item:

Characters
Unicode value
Description
icn_cDesk_ltr-mark
U+200E
Left-to-right-mark
icn_cDesk_rtl-mark
U+200F
Right-to-left-mark
icn_cDesk_lre
U+202A
Left-to-right embedding – LRE
icn_cDesk_rle
U+202B
Right-to-left embedding – RLE
icn_cDesk_lro
U+202D
Left-to-right override – LRO
icn_cDesk_rlo
U+202E
Right-to-left override – RLO
icn_cDesk_pdf
U+202C
Pop directional formatting – PDF

Icons

Icon
Description
icn_cDesk_te_schreibrichtung_ltr
Select left-to-right text direction
icn_cDesk_te_schreibrichtung_rtl
Select right-to-left text direction

Keyboard Shortcuts

Keys
Function
Ctrl+Shift (left keys)
Left-to-right text direction
Ctrl+Shift (right keys)
Right-to-left text direction