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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-
> 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

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

Jan, can you help?

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