Hello all! This post is to see whether it would make sense for Labdoo if the dootronics shipped to Africa were equipped with (software) keyboards to support writing in local languages. From my own experience there is interest in local communities - here is the background story:
I have been recently in Cameroon with Labdoo laptops creating an IT class in a school at Younde. When in Cameroon, among other issues that were discussed was that there is a general lack in support for writing local languages in both computers and mobile devices, which hinders valuable efforts of local communities to practice or even revive the languages they use orally. Although writing systems exist, there are no practicable keyboards for it. As an answer to this, when I created both an Android (and Windows PC too, pity I don't have a port for Linux but it could be feasible) application that allows writing special characters in practically all local languages. The Android one is on the Play Store, you can see it under https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.dominicweb.africankeyboard ( or on my website http://dominicweb.eu/en/african-keyboard/ ) . I was wondering if it was of any interest to include it to Labdoo Android devices such as tablets, when they are shipped to Africa. In many places local languages are actively used or at least serious efforts to use them are made, but the means of writing them are very lacking so far. I have received a lot of supporting comments from linguistic sphere and from individual users in many African countries who use it. Do you think it would interest Labdoo?