Linked by Eisel Mazard on Thu 14th Jun 2012 22:01 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The average computer user might think that the number of languages their operating system supports is pretty long. OSX supports 22 languages, and Microsoft claims to support 96, but they're counting different regional dialects multiple times. But there are over 6000 languages, and though many of them are spoken by a dwindling few, there are some languages that are spoken by millions of people that are supported very poorly, if at all, by computer operating systems. The reason for the support being poor is that the people who speak those languages are poor, and are not good "markets." It's only because of the efforts of a few dedicated people that computing support for languages such as Burmese, Sinhalese, Pali, Cambodian, and Lao have been as good as they are, but the trends for the future are not good.
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by NathanHill on Fri 15th Jun 2012 02:32 UTC
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This was an unusual article and something I hadn't noticed before. I tend to get rid of all languages but English and Korean (and maybe Spanish) on my Macs. It seems like the list is longer than 22, but I have to admit I don't pay that much attention. In the past when I tried to render Korean in Linux, I had absolutely no luck. It just didn't work after installing what I thought I was supposed to install.

Anyway, thanks for writing this different perspective.

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