I'm trying to write a bidirectional (English/Hebrew) document in xelatex and polyglossia. For some reason, when I enable Hebrew as a secondary language, all the chapter and section titles become right-aligned, even when they are in English. Do you know why this happens?

Here's a simple example:


\chapter{Hello world}

And this is how it looks: The example results

  • It is because you are using an ancient version of bidi package. Please update your TeX distribution. The current version of bidi package is 11.158. Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 6:01
  • Thanks. I had no idea Ubuntu lagged so much behind. Installing the latest tex-live now...
    – haggai_e
    Commented Jun 22, 2012 at 5:25

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As @Vafa Khalighi suggested, Upgrading tex-live to the 2011 version solved the problem.

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    In few weeks, TeXLive 2012 will be out. So if you can, install TeXLive 2012 and update your TeX distribution once in a while. Commented Jun 22, 2012 at 9:46

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