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----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald Z. Osborn" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 6:54 AM
Subject: Re: SomiTek (Re: Fwd: OpenOffice.org released in 3 South African
> Eberhard, Part of me says that your remarks are tongue in cheek, but I'll
> along and respond all the same...
> Quoting Dr Eberhard W Lisse <[log in to unmask]>:
>> Personally, I think that whoever can afford a PC can speak the language
>> required to operate it.
>> Especially in Africa.
> 1. By this logic, as I read it, English would still be the only language
> software and the internet. No language options for those who might prefer
> first or another language. No computer use for those who don't conform.
> 2. Why shouldn't one change - or more to the point, add to - the "language
> required to operate" PCs in order to facilitate options and wider use?
> potential to do that is one of the advantages of the technology.
> 3. In Africa, it's more often not "whoever can afford [to buy] a PC," but
> who can afford to pay the cybercafe fee.
> 4. Considering "ICT4D" and community telecenter projects, is it then
> can walk through the door can speak the language required to operate
> 5. Computer systems are currently available in many languages (except for
> of Africa), so which of them are you referring to?
> 6. Assuming you meant English, I'll leave this subject with a funny but
> supposedly true quote attributed to Texas legislator (later governor)
> Ferguson in 1924: "If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it ought
> to be
> good enough for the children of Texas."
>> And to boast that they translated something into Afrikaans under this
>> heading is plain rubbish.
> Why? (Sorry, but is such a dismissal anything more?)