> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Donald J. HARLOW > >The question then isn't "can they?", but rather "why would they > >want to?", and what can be done to encourage them? > > But, Dana, you're arguing a position that's already shown to be > false. When I go to www.google.com , my screen comes up in Esperanto > -- they've already accepted Esperanto (and, for that matter, > Interlingua, and Xhosa, and Amharic, and Pig Latin) as interface > languages. The question is not, in this model, "why would they want > to?" but "why would they want _not_ to?" I just took a look and they also have "Elmer Fudd", "bork bork" and something called "Hacker", with symbols for letters. They apparently have a "Google in Your Language" program where they'll add other languages. Why would they *not*? Well, again that goes back to the issue of making money. I don't see how this helps them businesswise to put in these frivolous languages. At least Xhosa and Amharic are ethnic languages with a defined, though probably small, audience to market to. From the purely technical side, it should be noted that Gmail is still in beta, so maybe they're just not ready to add a bunch of additional languages yet.