The latest version of
Windows comes with a little something that will have many Hawaiian speakers
saying mahalo nui loa. Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8, now
supports the Hawaiian language. It includes
a Hawaiian keyboard layout, fonts with diacritical marks, and the ability to
show days of the week and months in Hawaiian.
Keola Donaghy collaborated
with Microsoft programmers for several years while he was at UH Hilo’s College
of Hawaiian Language. Donaghy hopes
these tools can help strengthen Hawaiian speaker’s abilities to use
Donaghy previously worked with Apple in 2002 to include the Hawaiian
language for Macintosh.
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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)