I don't recall ever seeing any examples of right-to-left-reading charts and graphs, so I'm guessing the answer is no; however, I wanted to ask here to see if anyone has information to the contrary: for readers of right-to-left languages, are charts and graphs reversed, reading from right to left also?

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There's no concrete rule. But here are some points to consider:

  • Most icons and such are positioned to the right and the text to the left on RTL websites.
  • Standardized graphs such as timelines and math plots stay the same. Sometimes the labels are on the right instead of the left side.
  • Readers are generally comfortable reading charts in a left-to-right way.

The screen show below is from Al Jazeera's website. As seen, the icons are on the right, but the icons in the diagram are on the left.

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Another Al Jazeera page uses a bar charts with labels on the right axis:

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    For more general information on designing for right to left languages, this answer might be useful Commented Feb 11, 2016 at 19:19

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