How To Create Forms And Surveys In Right-To-Left Language

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Written by Sam Joseph
Jul 13, 2023 · 3 mins read

BlockSurvey supports the "Right to Left(RTL) language" feature which helps creating surveys in languages written from right to left. Let's learn the basics of RTL and then dive deeper into how you can create your forms and surveys using BlockSurvey.

What are Right to Left(RTL) languages?

Modern day writing can be presented in three ways, left-to-right, right-to-left, or top-to-bottom. A majority of languages are written from left to right. Traditional and simplified Chinese, several dialects of Japanese such as the Kanji, Hiragana, and Katakana are either written from left to right or top-to-bottom. Also, two Korean dialects Hangul and Hanja fall under the same category. Twelve languages are written from right to left. They are Arabic, Aramaic, Azeri, Divehi, Fula, Hebrew, Kurdish, N'ko, Persian, Rohingya, Syriac, and Urdu.

Arabic is one of the RTL

Why RTL in surveys?

Globalization has created audiences that are integrated at several levels like trade, and economics but remain distinct at others like culture.

With globalization, there is an ever-increasing need to make surveys accessible to multilingual audiences. To obtain the most accurate results, I recognize the need to generate surveys that read as it was originally written in the local language. Ease of use, as well as culturally appropriate content and phrasing, is paramount in achieving an authentic survey.

An increasingly globalized world

What are the benefits of RTL in surveys?

  • This feature would bring the idea of confidential and Secure survey to a good number of people speaking any of the already discussed RTL languages who have been relying on other platforms which might or might not be secure.
  • In the translation world, these languages have to be handled with care because a lot of translation software are not well-prepared for right-to-left scripts.
  • Better results when the survey is in languages familiar to the survey takers.

How to use the right to left languages in BlockSurvey?

1. Enable the right-to-left text option from the survey settings.

2. Also select messages in your preferred language, if the messages in the language of your choice aren't available, proceed to global settings to add messages in the preferred language.

3. Start designing your survey in your preferred language.

4. Share the survey you created

What are some examples of RTL forms and surveys?

A simple registration form in Arabic

A simple registration form in Urdu


Our goal is to make BlockSurvey the most user-friendly and accessible service for creating forms and surveys in right-to-left languages. By providing a responsive, simple user interface that anyone can use, we will ultimately improve the way people collect data securely with end-to-end encryption. You can get started on BlockSurvey in just seconds, so why not give it a try? Sign up now!

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Sam Joseph

Sam Joseph heads the Design Team at BlockSurvey and is responsible for making BlockSurvey a great user friendly tool. He enjoys playing the keyboard and the sport of badminton.


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