From: Philippe Verdy (email@example.com)
Date: Wed May 21 2003 - 09:31:59 EDT
From: "Michael Everson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> At 03:50 -0700 2003-05-21, Michael \(michka\) Kaplan wrote:
> >In practice, neither Apple nor Microsoft (nor any other member of the
> >Consortium) is allowed to sell software in Iran at present.
> Well, you may have problems with your national administration. Both
> companies, however, distribute software intended to support the
> Persian language, and indeed Apple manufactures keyboards engraved
> for Persian, and calls the software keyboard layout "Persian" so what
> is your point? ;-)
Only Iran is banned of imports from US, but there's a large community of Persian/Farsi people abroad that live legally in countries where these products can be imported, bought and used. So the real question is what is the prefered way to designate this language for those people, that legitimately cannot be forbidden to use their language as a natural way to preserve their culture.
Also, the ISO standards are intended to survive even political changes or temporary export restrictions. Cultural exchanges are not prohibited with Iran (it's a very legitimate and fondamental human right and need for all peoples in the world)...
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