To create Arabic webpages, we don’t only need to translate the web-pages but we also need to change the page direction to right-to-left (rtl).
There are two ways to set the page direction on the fly, without hard coding the “dir” attribute. Below is a discussion of the two methods, including some code samples.
First method, you can depend on the CurrentUICulture , if it is RightToLeft culture, this means you need to set dir=”rtl”. Check the below code snipet:
void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
html.Attributes["dir"] = "rtl";
However, this method could be confusing if the Arabic localized resources was not loaded.
The second method, is storing the page direction as a resource key using the resources.
You can then use it declaratively, using the resource localization method in VS 2005. This is the method that MS uses for localized web-pages. Instead of checking the CurrentUICulture, you can store an attribute in the resources, that tells you the direction. For example, in Global.resx add resource key “html_dir” … in the the Global.ar.resx , set it to “rtl” for other non-rtl cultures leave it as “ltr”. Then declaritively set “dir” attribute in your html directive. As shown below:
<html runat="server" dir="<%$ Resources: Global,html_dir %>">
Or programmatically, as shown below:
html.Attributes["dir"] = ((string) GetGlobalResourceObject("Global", "html_dir")).ToLower();