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snagar May 7th, 2016 12:59 PM

Proper Bi-Directional support
Hi Lone Wolf developers.
First let me thank for the great tool, it is really amazing peace of work.

My request is to have a proper support for Bi-Directional languages. I mean, the OS support it, you should be able to write/read from Left to Right and Right to Left.
When I want to prepare a Realm with language that is written Right to Left, there is no support for that, the characters are not displayed correctly, thus making my work to prepare adventures for Kids or non English readers much harder.


Vargr May 15th, 2016 08:17 PM

Not a feature I am likely to use (though top-to-button left-to-right could be useful), but I am all for more choices :-)

Though I am afraid that will mean a lot of coding and frustrated programmers.

Parody May 15th, 2016 08:50 PM

The mix of Windows Forms and HTML probably isn't helpful.

I wonder how (poorly?) it worked before the switch.

Farling May 16th, 2016 12:08 AM

Such a feature requires fundamental support in the underlying framework being used (Qt does it very well).

A lot of the older frameworks were designed in the USA when internationalisation was seen as an afterthought rather than a fundamental concept. (Qt was made in Finland.)

Parody May 16th, 2016 01:23 AM

Windows Forms has right-to-left support. Like everything, though, you have to plan and test for it. It's not free.

Also Realm Works uses third-party controls so they'd need those controls to support right-to-left. Unfortunately, the DevExpress controls (version 13.2) currently used by Realm Works don't support right-to-left; only last year (in 15.1) did some of those controls get right-to-left support. (To answer my own question above: exactly as poorly.)

Anyway, I agree that it'd be cool to have a right-to-left supporting version of Realm Works, but I expect it'd be pretty low on the totem pole of features to implement. Like below export low. :(

kbs666 May 16th, 2016 12:14 PM

Getting right to left text correct is not really a problem. Getting true bi directional text, where numbers are left to right even if the text is right to left, can be tricky.

But as mentioned that is more a matter of which controls RW is presently using and whether they support such and apparently they don't.

Migrating from one version of a control to a newer version of a control is one of those things that always sounds like it will be much easier than it turns out being. I would assume that if it is done it will be long after the CM is released.

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