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China develops world's first Tibetan-language office software

January 16, 2008

10 January 2008
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service
Xinhua is the official press agency of the Chinese Communist Party and
the government of China.

SHANGHAI, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- China has released the world's first
Tibetan-language office software, in an effort to facilitate the use of
computers among Tibetans.

The newly released "Neo-shine Tibet Office 3.0", jointly developed by
China Standard Software Corporation (CSCC) and Tibet University, will
push the development of Tibet's information industry, said Chen Ying, an
official with China's Ministry of Information Industry.

Schools in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, are expected to be equipped with the
software, said Han Nai Ping, manager of CSCC.

"The software is world-leading because the programmers have tackled
several technological difficulties, such as the coding and input of the
Tibetan language," said Han.

The office software is expected to replace Microsoft Office which was
previously widely used in Tibetan-speaking regions, but requires
additional plug-ins for the use of the Tibetan language.

Tibetan is used on a daily basis by more than five million people in
Tibet and the nearby provinces of Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai.

According to the Ministry of Information Industry, Chinese companies are
also developing 12 other Tibetan Software products, including "STAR
Tibetan for Windows 2000/XP" and "Tibetan operating system for Linux".
These software products will be launched later in 2008.

Programmers are also working on software products in Korean, Mongolian
and Uygur languages, Chen said. (?)
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