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Friday, January 18, 2008

A Whole New Direction for Blogger With the Addition of Three New Languages

Blogger is now available in three more languages: Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian!


With the addition of these 3 languages, Blogger is now available in 40 languages. It's really difficult job to add these 3 languages, because Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew are written from right to left. As you can see from the above screenshot, team had to flip the whole interface around.

Besides localizing the Blogger interface into these three languages, we have now right-to-left templates and have new toolbar buttons for bi-directional text editing in the post editor.

Changing your language preferences and settings

To see the Blogger interface in one of these languages, just use the menu on your Dashboard. You can also choose your imagelanguage on Blogger’s homepage and via the “Language” link in the footer of most pages.

From then on, all new blogs you create will default to using your new language choice.

If you need to change the language of an existing blog, just go to Settings > Formatting and select a new language there. Your blog language affects date formatting and other blog text, and your blog’s comments form as well.

Right-to-left templates

For Arabic, Persian, and Hebrew blogs, we will also rearrange your template to read more logically from right to left. So, a blog that once looked like this:


will now look like this:


Please note that your template won’t change if you’ve customized it with Edit HTML. Also, if you’re still using a Classic template you will have to upgrade to Layouts in order to take advantage of bidirectional language templates. Learn how.

Bidirectional text editing

Right-to-left and left-to-right buttons are added to Blogger’s post editor. They’ll appear if your Dashboard language or your blog’s language setting is for a right-to-left language.


Clicking on these buttons will set the paragraph you are currently editing to either right-to-left or left-to-right mode. This way you can write truly bidirectional posts.

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