Feeds

Opera makes hay with MS Mac Arabic/Hebrew snub

alt.browser weighs in

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Infographic

Opera software has responded to the international outcry against Microsoft's lack of support for localization in its Macintosh products.

This isn't exactly news to many of you: the historic lack of Arabic, Hebrew has thwarted the adoption of the Macintosh in several markets: obliging scholars and ordinary consumers to turn to Windows.

In response to our articles this week, Opera has promised that its future browsers will
support both Hebrew, Arabic, Cyrillic and Korean. This capability will be supported in the Jaguar release the OS X operating system.

"Microsoft's decision to not support right-to-left languages was first reported by The Register in its article "Microsoft's Mac Hebrew snub prompts Israeli AntiTrust complaint", which describes how Microsoft's decision not to provide Hebrew support in its Macintosh Internet Explorer browser or Office suite has prompted a complaint to Israel's antitrust department," an Opera spokesman mailed us today.

"We have a long history of supporting cultural diversity through delivering Opera in a variety of minority languages that are often ignored by big business," added Hakon Lie, Opera's CTO.

Hakkon is the father of the HTML Style Sheet - and while at the W3C he advised Microsoft on implementing CSS in Internet Explorer. Since then he's been one of The Beast's most articulate critics on interoperability issues.

And Opera itself, we understand, evolved from the Norwegian government's concern that US-owned corporations would seek proprietary technologies that marginalize the rest of the world. So it's no surprise that Opera - correctly, we think - sees this as an issue of cultural diversity and globalization, as much as it is of anticompetitive business tactics.

Once Jaguar supports right-to-left, Mozilla will be able to support Hebrew too.

This still leaves the question of Office X support unanswered. And Microsoft just seems too busy to give us an official answer - despite the damage to its reputation for cultural diversity. ®

Related Stories

Microsoft's Mac Hebrew snub prompts Israeli AntiTrust complaint
Apple Israel chief calls for 'Save Hebrew' write-in
Microsoft's Hebrew, Arabic snub: your pain [Letters]

Our Mac Channel

Seven Steps to Software Security

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!
Allegations were for 'financial gain', countersuit claims
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.