Updated 19 Jun, 2013, 9:16 am IST
Project Darpan: Digitizing Indian local languages
| by Naina Khedekar
Compared to the relatively slow adoption rate of the traditional PC, that of the mobile ballooned, rather quickly. India has about 9 million PC users and a whopping 500 million mobile users, which is still growing. The increase in the number of PC (with Internet) users will have a powerful impact on the Indian online market. Language barrier is among the various factors that play foul for PC penetration and consumption of digital data. Multilingual interfaces pertaining to local languages would ensure that the Internet isn’t limited to literate users only. Intel, along with its software partners have been working on an initiative to come up with a simple, easy to use and multilingual user interface, and this has given rise to Project Darpan. It is an initiative by Intel and its partners to increase this number to the potential 100 million households in India who can buy the PC.
Simple user interface
Project Darpan is a simple graphical user interface, allowing users not comfortable with the English language to choose from five local Indian languages and access digital data like News, Entertainment, Music, Comics in the language of their choice. The project is still in the beta stage and therefore there is a limit on the content available in languages other than English and obviously could be buggy as well. This is a step towards introducing digital content to masses by negating language barriers, if any. So, it may not necessarily please an Internet savvy user, but could be a great deal for those looking to access content online in other local languages.
Sachin Kelkar,Head, APAC software partner program, Intel
News in local languages
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