The getTextInfo() method of Intl.Locale instances returns the ordering of characters indicated by either ltr (left-to-right) or by rtl (right-to-left) for this locale.

Note: In some versions of some browsers, this method was implemented as an accessor property called textInfo. However, because it returns a new object on each access, it is now implemented as a method to prevent the situation of locale.textInfo === locale.textInfo returning false. Check the browser compatibility table for details.



Return value

An object representing text typesetting information associated with the Locale data specified in UTS 35's Layouts Elements. It has the following properties:


A string indicating the direction of text for the locale. Can be either "ltr" (left-to-right) or "rtl" (right-to-left).


Obtaining text info

Return the supported text directions for a given Locale.

const ar = new Intl.Locale("ar");
console.log(ar.getTextInfo()); // { direction: "rtl" }
console.log(ar.getTextInfo().direction); // "rtl"
const es = new Intl.Locale("es");
console.log(es.getTextInfo()); // { direction: "ltr" }
console.log(es.getTextInfo().direction); // "ltr"


Intl Locale Info Proposal
# sec-Intl.Locale.prototype.getTextInfo

Browser compatibility

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See also