Math notation in Arabic language changes from country to country.

Your MathType technical administrator can determine a personalized behavior for your installation. You can configure the default Arabic numbers that will be used and whether to mirror math formulas or not.

The configuration for Arabic, language code ar, is to use mirrored formulas and Arabic numbers (1234..)

cube root of q plus 6 in Arabic

Please check the table below for details about how MathType handles Arabic math notation for your country.

Country Example Code RTL Formula mirror Arabic European Arabic Indic
Algeria"" ar_dz
Bahrain"" ar_bh
Comoros"" ar_km
Dijbouti"" ar_dj
Eritrea"" ar
Iraq"" ar_iq
Jordan"" ar_jo
Kuwait"" ar_kw
Lebanon"" ar_lb
Lybia"" ar_ly
Mauritania"" ar_mr
Morocco"" ar_ma
Omar"" ar_om
Qatar"" ar_qa
Saudi Arabia"" ar_sa
Somalia"" ar_so
Sudan"" ar_sd
Syria "" ar_sy
Tunisia"" ar_tn
United Arab Emirates"" ar_ae
Yemen"" ar_ye
Arabic languages have different text directions {Left-To-Right, Right-To-Left}, and different numeral sets {European, Arabic-Indic, Eastern Arabic-Indic}. You can learn more about this at the Arabic support section.

MathType detects the language you are using from your browser, your profile on the platform, or the platform settings. Each language has associated a text direction and a set of numerals. If you are curious about MathType's defaults, please see configuration page. The sysadmins of your platform can change these defaults. You too can make MathType have different defaults, just by changing the language in your browser.

At any time you can force a text direction or numeral set just using the buttons for it:

Image shows choosing right-to-left editing from the General tab (Tab 1).

Image shows choosing Arabic-Indic numerals from the Greek, letters and numbers tab.

By default, characters are considered individual variables. Some standard words have ligatures automatically added. You can manually add Arabic ligatures, using the button:

Image shows choosing Arabic ligatures from the General tab (Tab 1).


Additionally, the editor is fully accessible in the Arabic language, and the formulas produced have alternative text in Arabic.

Example of alt text in Arabic