Friday, December 10, 2004

Beacon No. 11: Iraq Talks Back Real Soon


I was just in D.C. and wound up at a reception for two visiting Iraqi bloggers—dentists in their day jobs, shades of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—who do the English-language blog Iraq the Model.

They're helping a Los Angeles-based NGO called Spirit of America to develop an Arabic-language blogging tool. It's in beta right now but I saw some screenshots and it looks really cool, very much like the Blogger composing tool's interface (push-button support for bold, ital., links, bulleting etc.). It's the first free public tool I know of that's custom-designed for composition in Arabic.

Spirit of America will provide free hosting so I suspect Arabic-native blogging will spread like wildfire once they get it locked and released. Citizen-to-citizen contacts in the Arab world—who would have thought?

Iraqis and other Arabs have already been talking to us in English—but now Arabic speakers will be able to talk with one another at length and compare notes.

See here for more.

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