One thing I am very passionate about is breaking communication and language barriers. So I was thrilled to see this morning’s announcement that WordPress.com is starting to release language specific “home pages”.
As Ryan wrote in his blog, we’re starting to enable more and more languages that are finishing the community translation process. Personally I’m very excited about this because it really represents the core of what WordPress is about: providing the tools to allow people to communicate and connect with folks they care about.
As a next step, we’ve been creating WP.com home pages for each of these languages, so if you wanted to cruise WordPress.com in Hebrew, Farsi, or Bulgarian you could. To help you navigate these, we’ve thrown a big list at the bottom of the pages on WP.com that take you to the different portals.
Among the positive and interesting comments on the announcement was a very detailed description of how WordPress.com should “bend to the will” of the Chinese government and add the filters necessary to make WordPress.com acceptable to the Chinese government. I don’t know what the decision that that will be, but it certainly brings up some interesting issues. Many companies are catering to the Chinese government, reaping millions of dollars in income and doing so with the excuse that they will be in place to make billions when the Chinese government falls or changes its mind. WordPress has a lot of open source and “open minded” folks in our community, so this is a very hot issue for them.
The work going on behind the scenes to create translation files and keeping WordPress as translatable as possible is very exciting and moving into high drive. Stay tuned for more exciting news on that front.
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