Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Oct 2009 00:37 UTC
Features, Office In the comments on our editorial about language purism and the Psystar case, it became quite clear that language is a subject almost everyone has an opinion on - not odd if you consider that language is at the very centre of what makes us "human". Since this appears to be a popular subject, let's talk about the influence computing has had on two very minor aspects of the Dutch language.
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by Anon9 on Tue 27th Oct 2009 05:32 UTC
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I like how English is pretty restricted in the characters it uses. Some weird exceptions are naïve and vis-à-vis.

I wish there was some book somewhere that discussed many different languages and the unique characteristics of them. It wouldn't have to work on vocabulary at all, just grammar and typography. For example, it could teach how to write in Arabic, which I think is right to left and possibly some letters affect how the next is drawn. Such a book would help in developing a text editor that could be designed to support many languages. Maybe such a book exists. Any recommendations?

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