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    <bdo>

    Summary

    The HTML <bdo> Element (or HTML bidirectional override element) is used to override the current directionality of text. It causes the directionality of the characters to be ignored in favor of the specified directionality.

    Usage Context

    Attributes

    This element includes the global attributes.

    dir
    Text direction in this element. Possible values are:
    • ltr: Indicates that the text should go in a left-to-right direction.
    • rtl: Indicates that the text should go in a right-to-left direction.
    • auto: The browser decides which direction based on the element's content.

    Examples

    <!-- Switch text direction -->
    <p>This text will go left to right.</p>
    <p><bdo dir="rtl">This text will go right to left.</bdo></p>

    Result

    This text will go left to right.

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    Notes

    The HTML 4 specification did not specify events for this element; they were added in XHTML. This is most likely an oversight.

    Specifications

    Specification Status Comment
    WHATWG HTML Living Standard
    The definition of '<bdo>' in that specification.
    Living Standard  
    HTML5
    The definition of '<bdo>' in that specification.
    Candidate Recommendation  
    HTML 4.01 Specification
    The definition of '<bdo>' in that specification.
    Recommendation  

    Browser compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support (Yes) ? ? ? (Yes)