InDesign 2020 Middle Eastern, Arabic language causes reversed numbers order
When working with Arabic and wanting to have Roman Digits, one needs to choose the "Arabic" digits option.
More option that should be set for Arabic are:
Character direction should be set to "default"
Paragraph direction should be set to "Right to Left"
Paragraph composer should be set to "Adobe World-Ready Paragraph Composer"
Language should be set to "Arabic"
Ligatures should be "On"
If I type a date that suppose to be presented like this:
as soon as selecting "Arabic" for language the order is reversed to this:
As digits has a built in Left to Right direction, all neutral characters between the numbers should get the same definition. This is how it worked until the 2020 update.
Now it looks that all the "/" characters where not effected by the numbers direction and remained Right to Left direction.
Mac Pro (Late 2013) Software OS X 10.14.6 (18G2022) Processor 3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 Memory 32 GB 1867 MHz DDR3 ECC Adobe Software version: 2020
Guy Haimovitch commented
Happens to me with Hebrew as well. Extremely annoying. I had to use an external tool to flip all numbers or words in english found in the book. It took me forever!
Peter Kahrel commented
Ran into this problem. Please fix.
Uwe Laubender commented
also see this thread at Adobe InDesign Forum:
InDesign 2020 Middle Eastern, Arabic language causes revered numbers order
Shlomit_Heymann, Jan 09, 2020
I assume this is a bug in the ME version of InDesign 2020.
Cannot see that with sample text in my German version where I created "faked" Arabic text using Arabic placeholder text and typed in or copied in the expression 9/1/2020. In both cases it did not reverse.
My German InDesign test file is available from my Dropbox account:
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