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Steve Jobs, MS Office, Israel, and a basic feature Microsoft took 13 years to install

AndrueC Silver badge
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I once had to deal with RTL text in one of our apps. We had to associate the visual text with the underlying bytes (it was for a forensic application) for highlighting and marking purposes.

Thus it was that I encountered the wonderous GetCharacterPlacement() API function and it's lovely GCP_RESULTS structure.

Still 'n all - it only took me a couple of days to get it all working. I will always remember the joy of dragging the mouse left to right and seeing the text in Arabic being marked right to left.

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