Monday, September 19, 2011

#Unicode language names found by search engines

#Statistics are a wonderful thing. These numbers compiled by "Kaśyap కశ్యప్" show how often the name of a language can be found when they are written in Unicode characters. This gives a clue about how well a search engine serves a language.

Such numbers also provide an indication how much a language is actually used on the Internet. What is does not say is how much demand there is to use a language on the web.

The Wikimedia Foundation's Localisation team is working hard to make it easier to use MediaWiki wikis. For us it is interesting to compare these numbers with the number of speakers for a language because this may indicate how hard it will be to make a particular Wikipedia more popular on the Internet.
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