Archive for the ‘Xhosa (xho)’ Category

A call to value all languages of South Africa

16 June 2011

On June 16, 1976, students led by Tsietsi Mashinini protested the compulsory use of Afrikaans (afr) in South African schools. The event is known as the Soweto Uprising and is remembered as Youth Day, a national holiday.

The era of apartheid ended in 1994, and today South Africa has eleven official languages. In addition to Afrikaans and English, they are:

In commemoration of this holiday, Chris Swepu, acting chief executive officer of the Pan South African Language Board, exhorts South Africans to celebrate their linguistic heritage with pride, allowing all to speak their native tongues so they might live to their full potential. Read his essay “Restoring our national pride” in the Star.

See also “Task Force to Study African Language Requirement” on this blog.

Microsoft has Quechua but Still Lacks Some Unicode

24 August 2006

The Associated Press announced the Bolivian launch of Quechuan software by Microsoft today. The article notes that the word used for file is “quipu,” “borrowing the name of an ancient Incan practice of recording information in an intricate system of knotted strings.” Both Microsoft Windows and Office offer Quechua. Other languages supported include several varieties of Sami as well as Welsh, Māori and Xhosa.

Microsoft also released its nearly completed version of Internet Explorer 7, named Release Candidate 1. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t fully implement Unicode as can be seen by trying to read the June posts of this blog.