How to format your Rise 360 course for Arabic

Jan 19, 2021


Hey all. I work for a college here in Qatar and wanted to share my experience of how to overcome the limitation of right to left (RTL) languages (specifically Arabic) and show you my workaround in the hopes that someone may benefit from it.

Unfortunately it does require you to be a bit tech savvy and will not work if your audience is viewing your course directly through Rise 360. In our case, we are using Blackboard Learn and if you export the course before making it available to your audience then this "hack" might work for you.

The idea is to fix the problem through code. We can't modify the code directly within rise so this has to be done in between the authoring and publishing phase when we export the course. If you export to LMS, you will most likely get a zip file.

Extract the zip file so you can see its contents and modify a file called index.html

open up notepad on windows or TextEdit on Mac > File > Open

Navigate to the extracted course and go into these folders

Your Course Name > scormcontent > index.html

Once you open it with the text editor, you will see some scary code. Dont worry, you dont need to understand it, but you do need to observe a few elements.

Right at the top of the file (2nd line i guess), you will see:

<html lang="en" class="">

Replace this whole line with

<html lang="ar" dir="ltr" class="">

Not so hard right?

Now just below that line is a code that is <head>, just below it, paste the following:

<script src="" integrity="sha256-4+XzXVhsDmqanXGHaHvgh1gMQKX40OUvDEBTu8JcmNs=" crossorigin="anonymous"></script>

You are doing well, now the last bit of code. Just below that, paste the following chunk of code.

<script type = "text/javascript">

var arabicFix = function(){


Save to overwrite the default index.html file. Test it out by launching index.html in your browser.

To repack the file properly, navigate to the folder where "scormcontent" is, select all the files and zip them using your zip application (I use 7-Zip on windows and Archiver on Mac).

Your course is now ready for Arabic including layout of bullets, accordions, tabs, carousels etc. Drop me a line if you need help, id be more than happy to walk you through any stage of the process.

Have a lovely day!

25 Replies
Danielle Wallace

This is so helpful! Thank you.  Do you know if we need to do this for every PAGE independently?  From I see, this will work for each zipped course.  Do you also know if there's limitations on the interactions that will be supported (e.g. card sorting etc.). It's really unfortunate Articulate doesn't better support Arabic.  Thank you for your initiative. 

Santiago Franichevic

Thanks a lot for your information, but sadly I could use only the first part

<html lang="ar" class="" dir="rtl">

because the other extra information didn't allowed me to change the "side" of the list bulletpoints or list numbers (maybe because the last Articulate updates?)

If you have another idea to be used, I would be very happy.

Have a great day

Elisabetta Tesser

Thanks to Talal and all the other heroes for these pieces of advice!

I was able to solve the bullet point issue by changing the block to a simple text and then applying the bullet list. The font size needs to be enlarged.

The issue that I can't solve is with the timeline, as all pictures are moved to the left despite the orientation selected in Rise.

Can anyone help? Thank you!

Elisabetta Tesser
Alyssa Gomez

Hi Elisabetta! Can you tell us more about the issue you're seeing with images in the timeline block? Are images aligning to the left even when the right-aligned option is selected?

Hello Alyssa, 

thank you for answering. Yes, that’s the case, the images are placed on the left by default, even when I select any other alignment. I’ve tested this in the LMS with right, center and left alignment.

Any idea on how to sort this out? Thank you.