Internationalization Recommendation?

12 May 2014 - 9:59pm
1 year ago
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Raelynn OLeary
2008

I was hoping that folks with experience in internationalization/translation of products might be able to weigh in here.

In a mobile application design, we're using a linear next/last navigation where next is on the right and last is on the left. The user can also swipe between screens.


When it gets translated for cultures that read right to left, should next be at the left and last be at the right?

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20 May 2014 - 2:01am
rohitkulthia
2009

I have a friend with Arabic background. He seems to swipe (towards) right for old feeds and (towards) left for newer. 

20 May 2014 - 2:01am
rohitkulthia
2009

I have a friend with Arabic background. He seems to swipe (towards) right for old feeds and (towards) left for newer. 

23 May 2014 - 4:28am
eliannaj
2010

Per a friend of mine who is a localization manager. Thanks, Marie!

The answer is indeed Yes. Arabic websites use the left direction navigation (<) to provide the same method of flipping to the next page as in Arabic books. When using a touch screen such as an iPhone, again, it more natural to swipe from left to right for an Arabic, or any other right-to-left language, to get to the next page.

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