Bug 12924 - English being typed backwards when device is Arabic (MT.Dialog)
Summary: English being typed backwards when device is Arabic (MT.Dialog)
Alias: None
Product: iOS
Classification: Xamarin
Component: General ()
Version: 6.9.1.x
Hardware: Macintosh Windows
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Target Milestone: Untriaged
Assignee: Bugzilla
Depends on:
Reported: 2013-06-27 15:51 UTC by Ian
Modified: 2017-02-28 20:57 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

Is this bug a regression?: ---
Last known good build:

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Description Ian 2013-06-27 15:51:21 UTC
In our apps, when we put up a MonoTouch.Dialog Entry element, and the user has their phone set to Arabic, the user can't type in english. When they do, it's RTL instead of LTR.

So an Arab speaker can't type an email address.

Is there a way to set an Entry Element to be english LTR regardless of the localization?

(Posted as forums too just in case it is not a bug)
Comment 1 Vincent Dondain [MSFT] 2017-02-28 20:57:26 UTC

So if I understand correctly you expect to be able to force the usage of the English keyboard for a given Entry element right?

This is not something that you can or even should do on iOS.

See: https://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/StringsTextFonts/Conceptual/TextAndWebiPhoneOS/KeyboardManagement/KeyboardManagement.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40009542-CH5-SW5

"Although your app cannot control the user’s preferred language (and thus the keyboard’s input method), it can control attributes of the keyboard that indicate its intended use, such as the configuration of any special keys and its behaviors."

"The input method and layout for the keyboard is determined by the user’s language preferences"

MonoTouch.Dialog is simply a wrapper that is subject to the restriction I pasted above (: