Regional Translation - Central Asia
South of Russia, west of China, north of the Middle East
- Each country has its own native language
- The region was all part of the Soviet Union
- Prior to becoming part of Soviet Union most languages written in Arabic script
- During soviet union, Russian official language. Native languages became switched to cyrillic script
- Now there are debates in various countries about whether to use cyrillic script, latin script, or even arabic script.
- So there is debate about whether to use Russian or native language and another debate about what script to use for native languages.
- In most schools - native language is language of instruction
- When it comes to software almost everything is in Russian
2005 with tactical tech - FlossCamp Tajikstan
- 16 countries
- in English and Russian
- brought up issues of localizing Floss software
Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan - Linux-based operating systems in native languages
"To create demand you have to have supply."
How to create demand:
- "Computer science classes are taught in Tajik, but the software is still in Russian or English.
- There is economic incentive to use larger languages because there is a larger market.
- Force state institutions to use native languages.
Firefox available in Tajik, but most people still download Firefox in Russian.