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When using a bidirection language with WebSphere Hypervisor Edition products, the operating system icons are not mirrored and the Platform Configuration Tool has English text.

Technote (troubleshooting)


Languages such as Arabic are written from right to left (bidirection languages); users of these languages expect most user interface elements to be similarly positioned and all the text to appear in that language. However, when WebSphere Process Server Hypervisor Edition for Red Hat Enterprise Linux for x86 (32-bit) is used with an Arabic locale for the operating system, the desktop icons are not placed as expected and the Platform Configuration Tool contains English text.


Users see operating system icons on the left side instead of the right side, and see English text inside the Platform Configuration Tool.


This issue is caused by a limitation in GNOME, which is packaged with WebSphere Process Server Hypervisor Edition. This version of GNOME does not offer full support for bidirection languages; icons are not mirrored, and Arabic characters were not correctly joined in the operating system GUI.

GNOME 2.20 offers full support for bidrection languages. See the following GNOME release note for details: .

Resolving the problem

The placement of desktop icons does not affect functionality; if you want to correct the issue, update GNOME to version 2.20.

There is no fix for the English text in the Platform Configuration Tool.

Document information

More support for: WebSphere Process Server Hypervisor Edition

Software version: 7.0

Operating system(s): Linux

Reference #: 1446862

Modified date: 11 October 2010