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Modifying Paragraphs for Bidirectional Languages

In some documents, such as those written with Arabic or Hebrew script, and in some mixed-language contexts, text within a single paragraph may appear with mixed directionality. For example, some characters are read from left to right, while others within the paragraph may be read from right to left. This phenomenon is called bidirectionality, or bidi for short.

If a document contains right-to-left characters, and if the browser is able to display the language with the proper character set, the browser must apply the bidirectional algorithm. The proper character set means to not display arbitrary substitutes such as a question mark, a hex code, or a black box for some characters.

ePublisher allows you to make sure the browser correctly displays the content by offering the Unicode Direction and Unicode Bidi (bidirectional) properties.

To set the Unicode properties of a paragraph

  1. Open your Stationery design project.

  2. On the View menu, click Style Designer.

  3. In Paragraph Styles, select the style you want to modify.

  4. On the Properties tab, click Text.

  5. Under Unicode, set the appropriate values for the Direction and Unicode Bidi properties. For more information about these properties, click Help.