Mercury News: Hawaiian on a Mac

Date: Thu Sep 05 2002 - 09:31:58 EDT

FYI, copied from the Linguist List:


Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 02:36:00 +0800
From: Karen S. Chung <>
Subject: Media: Mercury News: Hawaiian on a Mac

    There's a very short piece in the Monday, September 02, 2002 San
Jose Mercury News entitled, "Hawaiian language advocates applaud new
Mac operating system". Highlights and URL:

    HONOLULU (AP) - Apple Computer's latest operating system doesn't
say "aloha" on startup, but it still speaks Hawaiian.
    Hawaiian language educators and preservationists are applauding the
Apple OS 10.2 software because of a feature that allows users to type two
characters essential to the Hawaiian written language as it is now taught.
    The new version from the California-based company adds an option to the
computer's "internal keyboard" that allows users to type in the kahako and
the okina.
    The kahako is the little dash appearing over vowels, a diacritical mark
signifying a stressed vowel sound. The okina, or glottal stop, signals a
halting of breath between vowel sounds. ...

    Karen Steffen Chung
    National Taiwan University


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