12/11/2012, 09:08 PM
Originally Posted by RumoredNow
Most of Africa, and in the past also the "French Indo-China" countries like Viet Nam and Cambodia, though i'm inclined to think that nowadays those have switched to English in some ways (technology and trade), and in Cambodia, almost every educated person had died in Pol Pot's death camps back in the '70s, so they have started from scratch.
Africa is relatively easy, since in some tribes, French is the only written language, while the local dialects are only spoken and won't require spellcheck functionality
I think it's a worthy goal to add support for obscure languages to openwebOS (and later patch legacy code), but definitely not the priority. But another language to add to your list of "colonial" languages would be Russian. That would cover the whole of the former Soviet Union, and then also Bulgaria, which uses a Cyrilic charset but different spellings of words, so Bulgarians can understand quite a bit of Russian.
If we support Russian but leave off Ukrainian, support Spanish but not Catalan, and so on, we would have a chance to perfect the support of those core "colonial" languages (spellcheck, autocorrect) and be on par with Apple before moving on to the local dialects and obscure languages of the 3rd world. There is no use in being sub-par in everything, "jack of all trades and master of none". If we can perfect the classical, non-regional forms of the main languages, and not have autocorrect erase the eloquence and sophistication of the writer, in the long run, it will be worth more than supporting Gujarati or Telugu.
Those guys can have a "language pack" to download, which includes a font and a keyboard layout, later on, optional translations for system preferences apps, and if someone volunteers to translate the help app docs, that too. But spellcheck will have to wait, until the Android spellcheck dictionaries can be extracted in a few clicks and put to use by us.
Edit: I'm thinking, when it comes to major Asian languages, webOS already supports the Chinese (Han) characters (aka kanji, hanzi, hanja) including the fonts and input methods. We can also move in that direction, to support Japanese (the language of anime) and Mandarin (mainland china, "simplified chinese"). This would be reasonable.