Hoi,
I totally agree that there are translation dictionaries for many languages. However, putting such content to work IS a big issue.Typically such dictionaries are only available as a dead wood publication. People either have one or don't and the only thing they are good for is finding the corresponding word in the other language anyway.

My point is that such content  be put to work.

Yes, I totally agree that there are issues to use many languages on the Internet. However, the WMF has in its tooling the ability to bring you webfonts and input methods for many/most languages. When we get to work with publishers / enthusiasts for specific languages we CAN add these to the existing languages. As the WMF toolkit can be used on Chrome and Firefox browsers, it means that this toolkit is very much avaiclaanble for more languages.

So yes, there are more problems but for many if not most languages content is king if we want to bring more languages to the Internet. And, yes we can when we put our lexical content to it.
Thanks,
     GerardM




On 5 January 2014 16:06, sankarshan <foss.mailinglists@gmail.com> wrote:
On Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 8:18 PM, Gerard Meijssen
<gerard.meijssen@gmail.com> wrote:
> I know there are several Indian dictionaries and encyclopaedias for several
> languages that are available under a free license or where the copyright
> holder is seeking more exposure for its data / the language it has data for.
> My point is that particularly translation dictionaries provide an excellent
> basis for establishing a link to Wikidata and consequently such efforts will
> bring the benefits I describe.

That is a bit of simplistic determination of the path to solution. The
lack of content is not due to lack of translation dictionaries. One
could probably present a premise wherein it would be easier to
demonstrate that the [1] legacy workstations/deployments lack a method
to input in Unicode ready forms and, [2] a significant part of the
content production (books, magazine etc) workflow is based on software
that is decades old and, has not seen an economic reason to upgrade
since then


--
sankarshan mukhopadhyay
<https://twitter.com/#!/sankarshan>

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