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I'm using emacs to write my thesis. I need to create a Hebrew abstract. Is there a way to enable right-to-left text display in emacs? (the correct answer should be how can I enable right-to-left text in emacs?)

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This is a feature of Emacs 24. Screenshot and discussion here.

Emacs 24 was recently released, but not in time to be included in Ubuntu 12.04. It is already included in development builds of Ubuntu 12.10. Meanwhile, for 12.04 users there is a PPA for emacs24 which is probably worth a try.

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(setq bidi-paragraph-direction 'right-to-left)

You may also want to take a look at toggle-input-method command.

More info Bidirectional Editing

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