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English in Thailand

English in Thailand

Posted Jul 19, 2007 6:20 UTC (Thu) by jhs (guest, #12429)
Parent article: A Tokyo trip report

> English really is an obstacle for many potential contributors to our community. It slows down many developers, makes others afraid to participate in public forums, and blocks some entirely.

At least in Thailand, this is the single largest inhibitor of all software development.

English deficiencies also reduce technical aptitude, particularly with free software. The answers to nearly any problem you can have are available to you if you can find them in the English-language web. For troubleshooting, it's one thing, but woe to the non-Anglophone developer whose job depends on several free software components checked out of CVS HEAD. Imagine if all discussion, code comments, and checkin messages were in Latin. (If you know Latin, imagine Martian.) Would you take that responsibility?

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