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The following table outlines some common issues that occur when implementing right-to-left (RTL) support for SAPUI5 controls and their solutions.

Table 1: RTL Issues and Solutions



For mirrored images, the mirroring does not show a correct RTL image, or animations are removed from GIF images when mirroring.

Create the correct RTL version of the image manually and put it into the img-RTL folder, using the same name and path. In most cases, this means just copying the original LTR image. In rare cases, an image may have some content that needs mirroring and other content that does not. In this case, the graphic needs to be adapted manually.

Image mirroring is only supported for GIF, PNG and JPEG images. Other types like .cur, .ico and .svg are not supported.

Create the correct RTL version of the image manually and put it into the img-RTL folder, using the same name and path.

The background position in CSS is correctly mirrored, but the LTR version of the control works fine with the default background position: left top. This is not explicitly written in the CSS and is therefore not mirrored.

Specify the background position explicitly to display the RTL version correctly.

Text is incorrectly aligned because the CSS text-align property is not converted.

Do not use text-align:left if you want the text to change sides in RTL mode, but use text-align:start instead. start and end are handled automatically by the browser. Only use right and left if you want the text to stay on the same side in RTL mode.
start and end are not supported by Internet Explorer 9, 10 and 11. These browser versions use the default alignment, which is the same as begin. You need to add specific rules for the LTR and RTL case that specify right and left respectively. For example, for alignment to end:
Sample Code
html[data-sap-ui-browser^=ie] .sapUiTableEndAlign{text-align: right;} 
 html[dir=rtl][data-sap-ui-browser^=ie] .sapUiTableEndAlign{text-align: left;}

If style is set using JavaScript (for example, in the renderer or behavior of a control), the conversion does not take place and the result looks incorrect.

Consider the RTL mode in your calculations, or when possible, use the CSS file instead (which is automatically handled) and write a CSS class.

The alignment of popups with the parent element is unaffected by RTL mode and is therefore often incorrect.

sap.ui.core.Popup.Dock has been extended by adding Begin* and"End*. Those will change sides in RTL mode. Use these instead of Left* and Right* if the popup alignment should change sides.

When JavaScript calculations are used to determine positions or dimensions, existing implementations might imply LTR mode and result in an incorrect layout.

Make these algorithms RTL-compliant by checking the SAPUI5 RTL configuration.

Some text elements inside the control may look incorrect, for instance parentheses may be shown in the wrong position, pointing to the wrong direction. For example (very) short text might be rendered as very) short text) in RTL mode.

This is a result of the browser's bidi algorithm considering the directionality of the characters used. As soon as there is LTR text in the control, the parentheses will be fine again. For controls that have mixed contents, see API Properties for Right-to-Left Support in Text-Displaying Controls

When images are added as CSS generated content (with :before or :after selector), Internet Explorer 9 and 10 automatically mirror the image. Double-mirroring results in an incorrectly mirrored image.

The LTR image needs to be provided without mirroring (use html[dir=rtl] and the respective browser selector).

When a control has a textAlign property (or something similar), you need to use additional API properties to ensure the correct alignment of the text according to the directionality.

Use the API Properties for Right-to-Left Support in Text-Displaying Controls .

Additionally, the static helper method sap.ui.core.Renderer.getTextAlign(oTextAlign, oTextDirection) is available. This method calculates the effective value of the CSS text-align property considering the property setting and the current or given RTL mode.