[Assam] Assamese as a internet search language and Assamese content on Internet
w.saleh at indiawijzer.nl
Tue Apr 6 12:57:02 IST 2010
A few weeks back Manoj Das informed me that Google has not yet recognized
Assamese as a language in their options. But they have included Nagamese as
an option. The first observation is correct and the second is not. In the
meantime in one of his mails Sureshranjan mentioned that even if Google
includes Assamese language in their search engine, it will be difficult to
access the Internet contents in Assamese. There are not many sites with
contents in Assamese. It gave me food for thought.
I understand that Google is working on this issue and in future search
option in Assamese will be possible. But there is hardly any content in
Assamese on the net. For example there is a Wiki in Bengali but not in
Assamese. In order to find the present status of the project I contacted
Rasika. She informed:
"Help us support new languages <http://translate.google.com/support/> "
We're also working to support other languages and will introduce them as
soon as the automatic translation meets our standards. It's difficult to
project how long this will take, as the problem is complex and each language
presents its own unique challenges. In order to develop new languages and
improve the quality of existing languages, we need large amounts of
bilingual texts. You can help by using Translator Toolkit
<http://translate.google.com/toolkit> for translating or uploading
44> your translation memories into Translator Toolkit."
Those of us who are proficient in Assamese and English and interested in
enlarging the volume of internet content in Assamese by using the Google
Toolkit for translating or uploading the translation in to translator
Toolkit. See http://translate.google.com/support/toolkit/bin/answer.py?hl=en
Another possibility is to upload contents in Assamese for example as a PDF
file. May be other members might have better ideas for increasing the volume
of Assamese contents.
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