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Re: Right-to-left GUI in pretest


From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Right-to-left GUI in pretest
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 19:15:00 +0200

> Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:08:33 +0100
> From: Per Starb├Ąck <address@hidden>
> 
> Using a locale with right-to-left writing, for example
> 
>   LANG=ar_EG.utf8 src/emacs-24.0.93.1
> 
> I get the menu-bar and the tool-bar in the reverse direction, that is
> with the Help menu on the left and the File menu on the right, for
> example.
> This is a GTK thing.

Indeed.  I hope there's some GTK setting that disables this, and that
some GTK guru (which I'm not) will tell you how to do that.

> If emacs was localized with non-English menus this would be good, but
> since these things are in English anyway I think it only looks
> strange.

That's exactly the reason why Emacs does not yet allow to reverse the
menu bar, the tool bar, and the mode line.  I deliberately didn't code
that because it makes no sense when the menus and tool-bar buttons
cannot be localized.  There are comments in the code documenting this
decision.

That GTK does it on its own is not something Emacs can control.
Sorry.

Jan, can you help?




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