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:http://www.indianlanguages.com/

Fonts in Cyberspace

http://www.sil.org/computing/fonts/

Language teaching

http://www.frenchteachers.org/technology/cyberspace.htm
http://www.becta.org.uk/

Cultural policies and multilingualism

http://www.tlfq.ulaval.ca/axl/index.shtml http://www.unesco.org/most/ln2lin.htm

Translation in Cyberspace

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) http://www.ansi.org/

Multilingualism and digital documents

http://www.info.unicaen.fr/bnum/jelec/Solaris/d06/6loupy.html
http://www.alfa-redi.org/gic/monterrey.asp
http://www.iecat.net/inici.htm and
http://www.iec.es/recerca/jornades/ciberespai/inici.htm
htpp://www.star-ag.ch/eng/aktuelles/links.html
htpp://www.indlinux.org
htpp://www.panL10n.net 

 
   


 
   



                                                                      nesco publication for WSIS, 2003

 

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