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Robert Dodis is a front-end developer at SteelKiwi Inc. He is the true artist of all RTL-oriented project development and spends hours looking for the best and most suitable solutions for the problems such development often entails.

Yvette Mosiichuk is a UI/UX designer at SteelKiwi Inc. In her everyday life, Yvette is very passionate about culture of various countries around the world, which, when translated into her work, makes for a great ability to cater products to the needs of any audience.

Right-To-Left Development In Mobile Design

The Middle Eastern market is growing at a rapid pace, and, as a result, demand for IT products is also booming in the region. What is peculiar, though, is that Middle Eastern countries require design that is not only compatible with their needs and comfortable for their users, but that is also suitable to their language standards, making a serious adaptation process very important. Given that most languages spoken in the Middle East are written and read from right to left (such as Arabic, Hebrew, and Urdu), developers often face a range of problems when creating products in those languages.

The Arabic version of Facebook.com, with a reversed order of the site’s elements

Although this might seem like not that big of a deal, IT development for right-to-left (RTL) languages entails paying attention to a number of peculiarities. This is only further complicated by the fact that the RTL market is relatively new, and not many resources are available to help developers.

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