The dropdown indicators should appear to the left of the field as opposed to the right. Also if the list of values that appear is long enough to scroll the list, then the scrollbars should appear on the left of the list of values.
Scrollbars should appear to the left. This is true for the overall page as well as content within a page, drop down lists, long text boxes, etc.
Data entry fields
In LTR languages as you type, characters appear from the left and continue to appear to the right as you type. In RTL, as you type the characters should appear in the opposite direction. Visually this means the characters appear from the right and continue to move to the left as you type in a field.
In RTL languages, the field label should appear first followed by the checkbox. Radio buttons should appear to the right of the field label as well.
Bulleted & numbered lists
For me this is one of the more disorienting checkpoints, like scrollbars, my eyes are used to seeing the opposite. With lists you see values followed by the number or the bullet mark. Also the alignment is right-justified vs. left-justified.
Buttons should shift to the left – for example if you have an entry field for a search term and a button beneath the entry box, the button should be left-justified beneath the field, not right-justified.
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