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Briefing Paper: Multilingualism and the Internet

While the Internet is no longer monolingual, relatively few of the more than 6000 languages of the world are currently used to a significant degree on the Internet. Increasing Multilingualism on the Internet is a multifaceted problem that will probably take time and require concerted collaboration to solve. But it is an important issue that deserves the attention and efforts of those who want to make the Internet an accessible tool for all.

Multilingualism is a fact of life in most countries where many languages coexist within the same country, region, or even in much smaller communities. In some regions, such as the Pacific Islands and Africa, hundreds of languages are spoken within the same country and, very often, most people speak many of the local languages.

Thu, 05/14/2009
Briefing Paper