I'm working on an iOS 8 note taking app that will be released in the US but also in Asian countries. For the latter I need to change the text direction from the default "left to right" to "right to left". Should I let the user change the settings through a toggle or what is the best practice for such a case?

  • "Asian" is not a country or language. Either specify which language you are referring to or remove it. Chinese, Japanese, Korean are all LTR languages.
    – Bowen
    Apr 9, 2015 at 19:12

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A toggle might take too much space, and will be unnecessary for people who only uses one language.

Should you have a language selector screen instead? And change the text direction base on what language was chosen?

Another way I can think of is to change it base on user's current keyboard, but I'm not sure if that's technically doable.

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    +1 for "...change the text direction based on what language was chosen." Surely you don't need to have an explicit toggle for direction in its own right.
    – Matt Obee
    Apr 9, 2015 at 15:23

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