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Bi-Directional Text Marks

LILT Translate supports right-to-left (RTL) and left-to-right (LTR) directional marks. These controls are used to determine the way adjacent characters are grouped with the respect to text direction.

As an example, let's look at the phrase: "The language C++ is a programming language used..."

When translating from English to Arabic without an LTR mark, the browser will render the phrase into this:

لغة ++C هي لغة برمجة تستخدم...

With an LTR entered inserted after "C++", it will render as the writer intends:

لغة C++‎ هي لغة برمجة تستخدم...

This video demo in a previous version of LILT Translate further demonstrates how directional marks work.

Directional marks can be added into the target text field from the Insert tab. Add a mark directly after the word you want to set directionality on.

You can also insert marks by using the following keyboard shortcuts:


Windows Shortcut

Mac Shortcut

Right-to-Left (RTL)

Ctrl + K

⌘ + K

Left-to-Right (LTR)

Ctrl + L

⌘ + L

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