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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Interested In Technical Details
by Pro-Competition on Fri 15th Jun 2012 18:19 UTC
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Thank you for this very interesting article!

I'm not digressing to explain what the technical difficulties are because (in my experience) the vast majority of people who aren't already engaged with these problems will be unwilling to read through an explanation of that kind.


Actually, this may not be true. I think this is a site where some of the readers would be interested in the technical details (including myself).

This is a subject that many of us (again including myself) have almost no knowledge of, even if we are interested, for the reasons you mentioned in the article.

Personally, I am very interested in preserving languages. This is a perfect example of a case where FOSS should shine - because there is very little financial incentive for commercial entities to support these languages.

Is there a (free) global information source on written languages? Or any promising projects that have begun work on this?

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