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Directional-SCSS

Makes supporting both left-to-right (LTR) and right-to-left (RTL) easy. By including directional.scss into your project and using its Sass variables, functions, and mixins, you can create an LTR and RTL CSS bundle for your site.

Article: http://www.matanich.com/2013/09/06/rtl-css-with-sass/

Demos:

Features

Variables

  • $dir - defaults to ltr but can be set to rtl
  • $left - set to left when $dir equals ltr and right when $dir equals rtl
  • $right - set to right when $dir equals ltr and left when $dir equals rtl

Functions

  • if-ltr($if) - returns $if param when $dir equals ltr otherwise returns nothing
  • if-ltr($if, $else) - returns $if param when $dir equals ltr otherwise returns $else param
  • if-rtl($if) - returns $if param when $dir equals rtl otherwise returns nothing
  • if-rtl($if, $else) - returns $if param when $dir equals rtl otherwise returns $else param
  • side-values($values) - switches the left and right values of the $values list when $dir equals rtl
  • corner-values($values) - switches the left and right values of the $values list when $dir equals rtl

Mixins

  • @include if-ltr { /*content*/ } - returns the @content when $dir equals ltr otherwise returns nothing
  • @include if-rtl { /*content*/ } - returns the @content when $dir equals rtl otherwise returns nothing

Example

// Import helpers from directional.scss
@import "directional";

// Use the helpers enable creating CSS bundles for LTR and RTL
body {
    text-align: $left;
}

p {
    padding-#{$right}: 1em;
    margin: side-values(0 2em 0 1em) if-ltr(!important);
    background-image: url(sprite#{if-rtl('-rtl')}.png);

    &:before {
        content: if-ltr('<', '>');
    }

    &:after {
        content: if-rtl('>', '<');
    }

    @include if-ltr {
        strong {
            padding-left: 0.5em;
        }
    }

    @include if-rtl {
        em {
            margin-right: 0.5em;
        }
    }
}

.icon.icon-star {
    background-image: url(sprite-#{$dir}.png);
}

To bring it all together your project should look something like the following:

site-ltr.scss

@import 'site.scss';

site-rtl.scss (overrides $dir)

$dir: rtl;
@import 'site.scss';

site.scss

@import 'directional.scss';

// Your site styles here using directional-scss variables, functions, and mixins

Then reference the appropriate bundle (site-ltr.css or site-rtl.css) needed for the current page:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <link href="/site-ltr.css" rel="stylesheet"/>
</head>
<body>
</body>
</html>

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Makes supporting CSS for left-to-right (LTR) and right-to-left (RTL) easy with Sass.

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