In Fact:The World of languages
June 2004

In Fact:The World of languages

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World Language Statistical Facts  

  • There are approximately 172 million English speakers and 163 million non-English speakers online
  • 50.4% of Web users speak a native language other than English  
  • Web users are up to four times more likely to purchase from a site that communicates in the customer's language
  • Site stickiness is doubled when a web site is translated – visitors stay for twice as long
  • Almost one-third of web sites are presented in a language other than English
  • Over 100 million people access the Internet in a language other than English
Useful Links
Helping people to work with local languages on the Internet

The case of India:

Fonts in Cyberspace

Language teaching

Cultural policies and multilingualism

Translation in Cyberspace

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Multilingualism and digital documents and



                                                                      nesco publication for WSIS, 2003


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