Take Up The Left To Right Lay­out

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The main dif­fer­ence be­tween Right To Left (RTL) lay­out and Left To Right (LTR) lay­out is the di­rec­tion in which the con­tent of your in­ter­face is dis­played. When the in­ter­face switches from one di­rec­tion to another, the process is called mir­ror­ing. RTL lay­out is the mir­ror im­age of an LTR lay­out; in other words all vis­ual el­e­ments should be mir­rored – texts, images, graph­ics, num­bers, etc.

The con­cept of mir­ror­ing, in this con­text, ex­pands to the user be­hav­ior. How­ever, that doesn’t im­ply that the Ara­bic UX de­signer is obliged to mir­ror ev­ery sin­gle el­e­ment on the in­ter­face. One can break the rules with­out bend­ing them.

Let’s take lo­gos and icons as an ex­am­ple - if your user has got­ten used to a cer­tain align­ment of vis­ual el­e­ments, then hard­core mir­ror­ing shouldn’t be im­ple­mented. Re­mem­ber, users fa­vor recog­ni­tion over re­call, which means that fa­mil­iar de­sign pays off bet­ter. On another note, users scan the el­e­ments on your in­ter­face in two ways - ei­ther di­ag­o­nally, or in an F shape. One thing is cer­tain, they will work their way from the top down. Make sure that the in­for­ma­tion’s hi­er­ar­chy of your in­ter­face flat­ters that be­hav­ior.

In con­clu­sion, the mir­ror­ing process de­pends in its ma­jor­ity on your user’s ex­pec­ta­tion of in­for­ma­tion flow.

Think af­ford­abil­ity, think fa­mil­iar­ity.

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