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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RE[4]: this is how languages die
by tidux on Sat 16th Jun 2012 14:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: this is how languages die"
tidux
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2011-08-13

Blackletter script doesn't work well on computers because the font sizes would need to be enormous to be legible at current DPI. Maybe this new trend of >200 DPI screens will fix that.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Blackletter doesn't work well, isn't very legible anywhere, also in print - why it was abandoned, and why I mentioned it as one more analogy to experience/imagine possible exclusionary qualities of alien scripts (like Latin ones are for tons of people)

Edited 2012-06-16 15:06 UTC

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