13.0223 multilingual online communication: not good!

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 05:07:03 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 223.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Sat, 02 Oct 1999 04:58:52 +0100
From: Arie Zukerman <azukerman@netscape.net>
Subject: We should have a web-based multi-lingual email service!

PLEASE RESPOND TO: azukerman@netscape.net

In spite of the fast growing number of the multi-language users
(other than English) joining the internet every single day,
they (we) experience difficulties communicating by email using
their native languages for global and local communication.

I am talking about a email system that will let you send and
receive emails using any possible language from-and-to any
computer in the world without the need to download fonts or
any other pre-conditions.

Let us take, for instance, an American/Korean that wishes to
communicate by email from the US with his family or business
partners living in Korea or other countries for this matter.
He is unable to do so using a free e-mail service that is based
on an Internet platform (such as Hotmail or similar).
The only way for him to do so is to download various softwares
that cost money, complicated to set up and operate, require
"cut and paste" operations and/or have to be sent as an
attachment which really makes life complicated.

I wish to improve the above unfair and inconvenient situation!!!
The first step, which is the most important one, is to accumulate
as many support emails from potential multi-lingual users like
you and me. It will be very helpful and a real time saver, if you
could recruit as many people you know (family, friends, co-workers,
pen pals and so on) that are potential supporters of such a
petition and ask them to send support emails to me as soon as
possible. Please ask them to continue and keep the chain of support
emails alive and kicking with their friends and so on and so forth.

Please mention in the support email the following information:

-Which languages will you use to write and receive emails when the
service will be available
-How do you overcome the problem in the present, if at all
-How many people (estimate) that are on the net will you communicate
with when the service will be available.
-Suggestions and ideas will be an asset

I will do everything in my power to get such a service available
as fast as can be for the benefit of all of us, the multi-lingual
first-class internet "citizens".
Please mailto:azukerman@netscape.net
Arie Zukerman

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