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ISLAMABAD: English no more hurdle to computer use

Associated Press of Pakistan

English is no more a barrier to learn and use computer as National Language Authority (NLA) has introduced the first ever Urdu computer software for the users.

The software was developed by Center of Excellence for Urdu Informatics of NLA with the help of Microsoft mainly to preserve Urdu language. Through this system, one can follow the instructions of computer in Urdu language and work in Microsoft Windows.

A single keyboard and font will be usable for Urdu as well as other Pakistani languages. NLA’s efforts to make Urdu language a part of the computer, internet and informatics, like other world languages, will definitely serve the country and future generations, said Chairman National Language Authority (NLA) Iftikhar Arif in an interview with APP. The future of Urdu language is linked with the modern technology of computer and internet. Languages can only be survived if they adopt changes according to the latest developments and modern trends, he remarked.

It is not an achievement but an effort to further maintain the status of Urdu as national language, he said. Besides, Machine Translation software (MTS) has also been developed to perform the automatic translation from English to Urdu which is a step towards availing all the information in Urdu.

The software has stored Urdu Dictionary which helps to translate the material from English to Urdu language ensuring correct translation up to 85%, he said.

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