From: Doug Ewell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Nov 13 2004 - 18:07:19 CST
The article describes efforts to create a Yoruba keyboard:
> To accomplish the same result with fewer, more comfortable keystrokes,
> Mr. Adegbola made a keyboard without the letters Q, Z, X, C and V,
> which Yoruba does not use. He repositioned the vowels, which are high-
> frequency, to more prominent spots and added accent marks and other
> symbols, creating what he calls Africa's first indigenous language
> keyboard. Now, Mr. Adegbola is at work on voice recognition software
> that can convert spoken Yoruba into text.
I'll bet the folks at Bisharat and elsewhere would be surprised at the
efforts that have been made to create keyboards for Yoruba. Whether
they are "indigenous," or whether that is relevant to their suitability
and acceptance, I don't know.
The Yoruba speech-recognition project sounds interesting. I would guess
that would be a tougher problem for tonal than for non-tonal languages.
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