India is unusual in having 23 official languages from English and Hindi to Kannada and Telugu – now the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) has released ‘cross language search plugins’ which are intended to make search more readily available to the wider spectrum of Indian languages, reports India Times.
This, together with the wide availability of access, is essential to enable India to take it’s rightful place as a major economy in the modern world. Google provides natural search in just 6 languages currently – English, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and Tamil. Paid search is only available in English and Hindi currently. Yahoo and Live.com are only available in English.
The search plugins enable, for example, spelling corrections in the Hindi language where multiple ways of spelling the same word correctly exist as well as cross linking searches from language to language. For this development to achieve its potential, the tools really need to be adopted by the major search engines.
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