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Your application is not mirroring aware

Introduced to handle the localization of Windows to Arabic and Hebrew (which display right-to-left), mirroring technology is implemented and available on all versions of Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista (including English).

To avoid flipped images or off-screen controls in your application after it is localized into Arabic or Hebrew, your code must be mirroring-aware.

flipped image

Rendering images and icons in a mirrored context requires special considerations in your core code depending on the nature of the image:

Direction-neutral images

Rendering these images flipped or not does not really matter.


Direction-sensitive images

Rendering these images flipped can alter their meaning or offend a trademark!


Context-dependent images

These images should be rendered flipped in a mirrored context.


Depending on your programming paradigm, activating mirroring during the localization of Arabic and Hebrew can have a different result on the way your images are rendered!

  • In Win32 programming model, images are by default always flipped in a mirrored context! Directional sensitive images should be programmatically un-flipped.
  • In web forms and HTML pages, stationary elements are never flipped! Context dependent images should be programmatically flipped.
  • In .NET Frameworks' Winforms, mirroring is not yet implemented and therefore images are not mirrored! Context dependent images should be programmatically flipped.

Click on the following links to learn more about globalization and mirroring awareness:


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