Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will finally have an Arabic localization. This will require a complete rethinking of the Macintosh for right-to-left directionality. Institutional memory for that feature has long since dwindled to nothing, and they’ve screwed this up before.

Language directionality is difficult to get right even if you walk into the room knowing it’s going to be.

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