Using regexes with RTL languages such as Arabic or Hebrew
Thread poster: asr2


Local time: 11:05
Mar 29

I am currently writing a book on the practical use of regexes in the translation environment and would like to include a short comment concerning considerations of using regexes with RTL languages (such as Arabic or Hebrew). In particular, regexes normally scan left to right and numbers are written left to right, how is this conflict handled for RTL languages? I would appreciate feedback from any translator who works with this problem.

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Piyush Ojha  Identity Verified
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Is it really an issue? Apr 2

Left-to-right or right-to-left is a matter of rendering the text whereas the text itself is an ordered sequence of unicode characters. In that abstraction, there is no distinction between left-to-right and right-to-left languages.

Am I missing something?

[Edited at 2018-04-02 09:38 GMT]

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RTL Apr 2

I do not know whether there is a problem, hence the question.
Regexes, at least by default, are processed from left-to-right, whereas some languages, such as Arabic, are written RTL.

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