Skip to main content
Skip table of contents

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:

MarkerWindows ShortcutMac Shortcut
Right-to-Left (RTL)Ctrl + K⌘ + K
Left-to-Right (LTR)Ctrl + L⌘ + L
JavaScript errors detected

Please note, these errors can depend on your browser setup.

If this problem persists, please contact our support.