How To Create Forms And Surveys In Right-To-Left Language
BlockSurvey introduces the new "Right to Left(RTL) language" feature which brings the benefits of creating surveys to the users of the 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, and 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, Katakana, and two dialects of Korean; Hangul, Hanja are either written from left-to-right or top-to-bottom. Twelve are written from right to left. They are:
Arabic, Aramaic, Azeri, Divehi, Fula, Hebrew, Kurdish, N'ko, Persian, Rohingya, Syriac, and Urdu.
Why RTL in surveys?
Globalization has created audiences that are integrated at several levels like trade, 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, we 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.
What are the benefits of RTL in surveys?
- This feature would bring the idea of confidential and secure surveys to a good number of people speaking any of the above 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 is not well-prepared for right-to-left scripts.
- Better results if the survey was in languages familiar to the survey takers.