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Using left/right instead of start/end attributes

Using left/right instead of start/end attributes

Using Gravity#LEFT and Gravity#RIGHT can lead to problems when a layout is rendered in locales where text flows from right to left. Use Gravity#START and Gravity#END instead. Similarly, in XML gravity and layout_gravity attributes, use start rather than left.

For XML attributes such as paddingLeft and layout_marginLeft, use paddingStart and layout_marginStart. NOTE: If your minSdkVersion is less than 17, you should add both the older left/right attributes as well as the new start/end attributes. On older platforms, where RTL is not supported and the start/end attributes are unknown and therefore ignored, you need the older left/right attributes. There is a separate lint check which catches that type of error.

(Note: For Gravity#LEFT and Gravity#START, you can use these constants even when targeting older platforms, because the start bitmask is a superset of the left bitmask. Therefore, you can use gravity="start" rather than gravity="left|start".)

Issue id: RtlHardcoded

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Last modified: 13 July 2023