Hebrew Mozilla Build with Right-to-Left User Interface Modifications
Wednesday October 29th, 2003
Tsahi Asher writes: "The Mozilla Hebrew l10n team would like to announce a localized build, which contains both a Hebrew language pack and Modern and Classic themes that are modified for a right-to-left interface. For example, the Back button points right and the Forward button points left, and many other such adjustments in images and styles.
"To distinguish it from the standard localized build, I call it Mozilla-RTL, but I'm not sure it's different enough from the original Mozilla to have it's own brand name.
"Naturally, it can be used with language packs of other RTL languages, either by installing their packs or replacing the Hebrew pack with the other pack in the build and releasing it as a localized build of another language."
Update: Tshai writes: "In response to readers comments, I uploaded a page with some screenshots of the Hebrew Mozilla. As you can see, the language pack flips the interface right-side-left, and the new themes complement it with adjusted graphics."
It seems weird to me to have a back button pointing right and a forward button pointing left!
Back and forward buttons inversed doesn't look too weird to me, if I would read from right to left. What I read would be on the right side, and what I'm gonna read is on the left side, so that makes sense to me.
However, I'd be eager to see some screenshots. Certainly very funny thing.
#4 Re: Screenshots?
by aldo_ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Wednesday October 29th, 2003 3:34 PM
I agree, I'd love to see some screeshots. While I don't speak/read hebrew I find foreign lanugages fascinating :)!
#5 RTL mozilla
by rhingael <email@example.com>
Thursday October 30th, 2003 3:09 AM
Hebrew is my mother tongue, but I prefer my browser (and most other apps for that matter) LTR. Good idea though, as localized versins of IE (and Windows, btw) do the same thing and people probably got used to it.
by _YT_ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday October 30th, 2003 2:08 PM
here it comes: <http://members.lycos.co.uk/ytblog/RTLmozilla.png>
what do you think about it? it's the hebrew version screenshot. I think they made it very well.
The most important feature in this category would be to create an rtl paragraph switching option in the standard editions of Mozilla, Firebird and Thunderbird, so that it would be possible to write messages in rtl languages (browsers also need this function to allow people to use web mail efficiently). Without this option it is not possible to recommend Mozilla apps as an alternative to IE in organisations where rtl composition is occasionally necessary.