India is a developing country as we all know it. But we have seen a lot of development in many sectors. Where IT knowledge is concerned , it has also made a remarkable growth in that sector. And the scenario is such now , that IT is being seen as a strong source of economic empowerment of rural masses by enhancing the educational opportunities and also sustaining the language and culture.
So keeping in mind all this, don’t you guys think that there is need for local language computing. This is because , the number of Internet users are increasing day-by-day largely, but if computing can be in local language , then the growth would be even more. Software developers also feel that there are hurdles in promoting local language in computing which must be overcome.
It is considered that the biggest road blocks is the absence of standardised keyboard. As a response to this, the Department of IT , Government of India have invited software developers to give the inputs. Just imagine , how effective it would be if the computing would be accessible in local languages !!! And the spread of local language computing will be a big boost to our economic empowerment.
However, the adoption of unicode has largely helped in localising computing as it recognises fonts of any format irrespective of platforms and operating systems. Microsoft India realised its potential and increased its pace to localise its own software in Indian languages. The ‘Project Bhasha’ saw an impetus after the visit of Microsoft Chief, Bill Gates to India in 1998. Though started in two Indian languages – Hindi and Tamil – now it supports 12 Indian languages, including Telugu. Pradeep, senior lead product manager, Windows, Microsoft India, says the company now offers bilingual and trilingual dictionaries for free downloads.
Has it really helped reaching the masses? Well, though there are some hiccups the masses are getting attracted. Now even the Operating System can be downloaded in several Indian languages including Telugu. Transliteration (converting English text to the script of other languages) is very popular and is commonly used by bloggers and on social media. It is an example of how non-English speakers can confidently get used to computing.
The huge consumption of content in India in local languages is another positive sign for the growth of local language computing. Local language tools are being used by the Governments that are promoting their daily business through the local language. The burgeoning growth of technology tools in schools for teaching also paves way for its growth. The usage of language tools are being effectively used to explain science subjects in educational institutions.
So it will just revolutionize our IT industry if there would be Local languages for computing. We know language is the main component of communication and sometimes it can be the only barrier !!! If local language can be implemented then just imagine even those who are not fluent in Hindi and English can also find computing very very useful. Our country can step into a new Era of Technology!!!