A question about mirroring that is required for multi-language applications

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A question about mirroring that is required for multi-language applications,
where some languages are read from right to left rather than left to right
(Arabic is an example).
How can I reverse the presentation of text strings, or even better, reverse
(or mirror) the entire UI if possible for complete consistency.
My application is written on VB6.

Thanks in advance
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Forms and most ActiveX controls on VB6 support the "RightToLeft" property, which will do what you want.  In VB6 it's called "bi-directional" programming

BTW: VB.Net has much better support for these kinds of globalization features.

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Thanks, but if the RightToLeft property of a specific form is set to True, several actions occur:

1. Menus and their associated command names (or items) are right-aligned with RTL reading order. They appear at the right edge of the form in an overall RTL layout.
2. Form captions have an RTL reading order and are right-aligned in the title bar.
3. Any text that the Print method prints to the form will begin at the right boundary of the form and have RTL reading order.
4. Set to true the default RightToLeft property value for newly added controls that have a RightToLeft property.

My problem is what about controls that are already in the form? how can I change their default RightToLeft property value automatically, and not one by one?

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Hummm....  I guess you'd just have to run thru the controls collection and set them as you go..

Private Sub Form_Load()
    Dim c As Control
   
    Form1.RightToLeft = True
    For Each c In Form1.Controls
        c.RightToLeft = True
    Next
   
End Sub
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I want to explain myself better.
I need exactly mirror form of my "Form". For example:

original form:
_________________________________
| __________                                      |
| |TextBox     |            Label                  |
| |_________|                                      |
|________________________________|

Mirror form:

_________________________________
|                                      __________ |
|               Label               |     TextBox| |
|                                      |_________| |
|________________________________|

RightToLeft property cannot do that.
Is there a function or add-in of some sort that can do that? It will really help me!

Thanks in advance.

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Oh!

OK... no, there's nothing really that can help with that kind of setup... You could hard-code the upper-lefthand corner locations in an array, and switch the locations in code... but that's pretty hokey.

Once Again, VB.Net can be of tremendous help in this regard, since you can create multiple version of a single GUI based upon Locale and have the correct one display automatically based upon the client's PC settings.

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OK

I'll try to find a different way to do it.

Thanks anyway.

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