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Media: Mercury News: Hawaiian on a Mac

Submitter: Karen S. Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ccms.ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: There's a very short piece in the Monday, September 02, 2002 San
Jose Mercury News entitled, "Hawaiian language advocates applaud new
Mac operating system". Highlights and URL:

HONOLULU (AP) - Apple Computer's latest operating system doesn'
say "aloha" on startup, but it still speaks Hawaiian.
Hawaiian language educators and preservationists are applauding the
Apple OS 10.2 software because of a feature that allows users to type two
characters essential to the Hawaiian written language as it is now taught.
The new version from the California-based company adds an option to the
computer's "internal keyboard" that allows users to type in the kahako and
the okina.
The kahako is the little dash appearing over vowels, a diacritical mark
signifying a stressed vowel sound. The okina, or glottal stop, signals a
halting of breath between vowel sounds. ...


Karen Steffen Chung
National Taiwan University

Issue Number: 13.2218
Date Posted: September 04, 2002

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