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The right-to-left mark (RLM) is a non-printing character used in the computerized typesetting of bi-directional text containing mixed left-to-right scripts (such as English and Russian) and right-to-left scripts (such as Arabic and Hebrew). It is used to change the way adjacent characters are grouped with respect to text direction.

The RLM's Unicode symbol is U+200F, and can be represented in HTML as ‏ ‏ or ‏.

Example of Use in HTML

Suppose the writer wishes to inject a run of Arabic or Hebrew (i.e. right-to-left) text into an English paragraph, with an exclamation point at the end of the run on the left hand side. "I enjoyed staying -- really! -- at his house." With the "really!" in Hebrew renders as follows:

I enjoyed staying -- באמת! -- at his house.

With an RLM mark entered in the HTML after the exclamation mark, it renders as follows:

I enjoyed staying -- באמת!‏ -- at his house.

[Standards-compliant browsers will render the exclamation mark on the right in the first example, and on the left in the second]

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