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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zima
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2005-07-06

Curious thing about that anecdote - if one reads it in a ~Latin way (as at least most European ~Latin script languages seem to be pronounced), even by somebody who doesn't know English, the result is quite... bearable. Certainly much more understandable than when the original EN orthography is read like that.

Well, OK, maybe it breaks down a bit in the last section ;)

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