Kannada Web Portals: Unicode or Die

Anybody who has ever explored Google's features must have stumbled upon it's language features. Now, there's Google News in Indian languages, reports the DNA:
...Indians who till now couldn’t find an interface for news in their mother-tongue, are discovering a way to read that news online.

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.
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:
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

10 comments:

clangorous said...

This is a serious concern....hope people wake up before its too late...

Anonymous said...

there should be some way we can all put in our efforts for this

Anonymous said...

Need to question the existence of people who still support ANSI. They are actually the cauase for COMPARITIVELY less Kannada on net. Why dont we run a campaign. All those IAS officers who get these kind of websites built should meet the Govt. should organise a presentation on unicode.

dandapinda said...

Even certain government sites do not stick to Unicode.The dasara website for example was all crap initially and thanks to some volunteers who sorted it has some 'so called' Kannada look.

Why cant the government go ahead and do something about this? 'Unicode' or die.

Nandisha said...

Why can't we have awareness towards this issue? If we raise our voice, I am sure with the new status to Kannada language will definitely improve the situation to better.

I don't think the fund is the problem now. Because, classical language status to kannada has got fund given by central govt. That money can be utilized to convert ascii to unicode in all news sites or govt sites. May be news websites need to approach required department for change.

- Nandisha

BG Mahesh said...

It is just a matter of time, Google News will be released in Kannada.

Govt will always be very slow in embracing technology, especially the internet. I personally have tried many times on making them come online but they don't have the passion/inclination.

Anonymous said...

bangaloreone website is present only in English.. whom shud we contact to get this in Kannada?

http://www.bangaloreone.gov.in/public/default.aspx

Gundanna said...

Contact bangalore one directly. Maybe somewhere on their website.

Sam said...

good post guru .. didn't know that the reason was because of unicode .. i was worried if google did this ..

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