Right To Left in WordPress – The Right Way

Here’s the short talk I gave about languages written from right-to-left at WordCamp Europe 2017. I’m visibly nervous — this was the largest crowd I’ve ever presented to.

The slides:

While the slides make it clear that I go from talking about rtl.css — the file, used in WordPress themes, to RTLCSS — the node module, I realize that it’s somewhat hard to understand when watching the video. Sorry about that!

Helpful links:

Some relevant academic research on the effects of reading direction:

  • Influence of reading habits on line bisection – PDF
  • Reading habits influence aesthetic preference – PDF
  • Scanning direction and line bisection: a study of normal subjects and unilateral neglect patients with opposite reading habits – PDF
  • Native reading direction influences lateral biases in the perception of shape from shading – HTML

 

WordCamp Jerusalem

I’m really excited to be giving a talk at WordCamp Jerusalem in a couple of weeks – the third Israeli WordCamp and the first in Jerusalem.

My talk will be an in-depth overview of WordPress i18n and RTL – a topic I already addressed in a quick 7 minutes presentation at WordCamp SF 2010. I’ll be speaking in Hebrew this time, but the slides will be in English and I’ll share them here afterwards.

There are 3 tracks planned – beginner developers, advanced developers and publishers – see Jennifer’s post for an overview of the planned Publisher’s track and visit WordCamp Jerusalem for more information.