Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/01/07/windows_comes_to_nynorsk/

Windows comes to Nynorsk

Obscure language group comes up trumps

By Drew Cullen

Posted in Software, 7th January 2003 17:28 GMT

You know that your language group has really arrived when Microsoft agrees to write a version of Office for your very own tongue.

So a big fat hello to the 400,000 writers (speakers?) of Nynorsk, or New Norwegian, a variant of, err, Norwegian. By simple dint of getting the schools of Norway to threaten to boycott Microsoft unless it ponied up a Nynorsk version, campaigners have triumphed where six million or so Catalan speakers, and the we-want-Mac-Office-in-Hebrew brigades have signally failed. Now you know how to get your way. Boycott, nay, threat of boycott, could be so much quicker and simpler than joining, say, a KDE language translation group.

Come on, Catalans! Even Bhutan has its native language version of Office, the donkey work funded admittedly by charity. ®

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