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In Latina Googla

04-Jul-08 12:50 am EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

I was honestly impressed with Google today.  Having studied Latin in University to compliment the raving lunacy that is my deep interest in Roman history (i.e. the history of the Roman Empire), I was reading some material on Wikipedia and discovered that among the localizations supported by Google is the very language spoken and used as the official tongue by the longest uninterrupted socio-political establishment in human history: Latin!

Given that my work on the Microsoft Commerce Server team these past several months has included expanding my knowledge of localization technologies and methods, I got curious about how far their support for this "dead" language goes – they even use the ISO cultural symbols for the language in their search API; turns out just as English uses the symbol "en" and "ENU", Latin uses "la" and "LAT".  (Am still looking forward to the day when Microsoft offers full support for a Latin CultureInfo, although I suppose I could build one myself were I so ambitious and discovered I had a hundred unemployed developers loitering outside my door craving nothing more than to be my indentured servants.)

On an even less-serious note, Google also offers an Elmer Fudd-speak localization for its search service.  Truly, they’ve thought of everything – even supporting the demand for tailored Internet applications whose origins herald from the land of Bugs Bunny.

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