Iceland Versus Microsoft

It's a small victory by a small country over a global giant: Microsoft customers in Iceland have been asking the company to translate its Windows software into Icelandic, a language spoken by fewer than 300,000 people. Icelandic officials say the dominance of computers, and of programs in English, threatens their language and their culture. Christian Arneson, chairman of the Icelandic Language Council, explains some of the compromises his language has made, to accomodate words of the computer age, and why he has been campaigning for a translated version of Windows. Microsoft officials say they are "positive" they can work out an accord when they meet with Icelandic officials later this year.

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