...Indians who till now couldn’t find an interface for news in their mother-tongue, are discovering a way to read that news online.Yes, there's no Kannada in there. The blame of course is not Google's. The blame, we believe, falls on Kannada news websites who haven't switched to Unicode yet. Having their own encoding schemes makes it impossible for search engines to make sense out of their websites. Google itself is goddamn serious about making sure they don't loose any hits because of the language barrier. Says Prasad Ram, Kannadiga and Google's India R&D chief:
The recent launch of Google News in four regional languages — Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi — has helped make that possible. And the search engine giant is also launching features that will empower non-English speaking internet users to use web beyond reading just news.
Only 7% of Indians are proficient in English. So, if Google’s power has to be experienced by the rest, we have to add languages.Kannada which is now (ahem!) a Classical Language, must not miss out on all the cool tech stuff. Otherwise, it won't be long before the world thinks Kannada died along with Latin and that it's been awarded the Classical Language tag posthumously! It's high time Kannada news portals as well as all other commercial and government websites are Unicoded.
For the full DNA story, read: Google takes on the language barrier