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If you've set a language on your operating system that defaults to right-to-left interface orientation, is there any reason that you'd like to set it to left-to-right anyway? Because you might already be used to it that some applications don't support RTL?

Or asked differently: Does it make sense to add a RTL/LTR setting so that the user can decide? Or should you just force RTL interface orientation when the language is e.g. set to Arabic?

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  • On my computer at work I have it set to English not because I want it, but because IT "forced" me to. They have the same orientation, but who knows who else in the world have had it less luckily than me :)
    – bracco23
    Feb 27 '20 at 16:18
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Reasons one may want to force LTR even though their default language is RTL:

  • Because you might already be used to it that some applications don't support RTL.
  • Because you are developing software and want to see how it behaves under LTR.

Does it make sense to add a RTL/LTR setting so that the user can decide?

Add where?? In your application? Just make your application work well under LTR and RTL and the problem won't exist!

Or should you just force RTL interface orientation when the language is e.g. set to Arabic?

Yes, and get it right so the User doesn't seek alternatives such as forcing the display to LTR.

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