> It's also interesting to note that when I ran user testing of > Arabic text entry software in Cairo, I found out most people are > writing text messages left-to-right using Roman letters instead of > right-to-left in Arabic script. Why? Because most people had > Nokia phones which shipped with the default language English, and > although you could change it to Arabic most people didn't.
And we, right-to-left writers, were fed up from no/semi/bad solutions
and options of RTL writing.
Regarding icons, I haven't test that, but I feel it's quite easy for
us to perceive the function of the <- back icon for instance. We see
it as part of the application and not as something to do with the
I can't think of an example, but if it is to do with manipulation of
text, it might be a problem.
Overall, I think cultural differences are more important in that