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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cavewoman
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2009-10-27

I know that a lot of French writers actually use Macs since it was nearly impossible to write correct French on a PC before the advent of Unicode.

The main reason was that PC "code pages" did not contain all the characters needed whereas Macs used the MacRoman charset.
http://geeks.free.fr/macroman/

In French we are supposed to use:
- left and right pointing double angle quotation marks: « »
- a couple ligatures: œ æ
- accented capitals: À É Ê…
- apostrophe: ’

And you will notice that I used the ellipsis char: … not dot-dot-dot ...

Even nowadays you need cumbersome keystrokes to get access to those on a PC (it's a bit easier on a Mac).

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