The Stack Exchange network is gradually planning on moving to CommonMark. AFAICT CommonMark doesn't support any form of explicit RTL direction.

  1. What is the current state of RTL on MY?
  2. How will SE's plans affect MY?
  • islam.SE is another site that will be similarly affected. Jun 2, 2020 at 0:32

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What is the current state of RTL on MY?

There is effectively no support for RTL on MY. There are workarounds, which all are inclusions of various characters via HTML entities.

How will SE's plans affect MY?

It seems that they won't, since CommonMark allows inclusion of HTML entities.


In case there are problems, here's something that might help.

I recently had a problem with RTL and <q> tags, which I was eventually able to solve myself: html - How to use HTML q-tag with RTL Hebrew alphabet - Webmasters Stack Exchange.

The trick is to use the non-printing unicode &#8207; character, which switches the parsing into RTL mode.

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    Note that &#8207; is the same as &rlm;, which is documented in greater detail at the page linked to from my answer here.
    – msh210 Mod
    Jun 7, 2020 at 18:07
  • @msh210, my fault for not actually reading your link (I carelessly interpreted "workarounds … various characters …" as meaning entities for the individual Hebrew characters). Feel free to delete my answer. Jun 7, 2020 at 20:49
  • @msh210, it's interesting that after more than a month Webmasters.SE couldn't answer my question, other than by saying it's not possible. I guess I should have asked here (or meta). Jun 7, 2020 at 20:50

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