An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google

An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google

esperandmThe world’s ability to communicate with one another is a key factor in its rapid evolution and economic growth. The Esperanto language was invented last century as a politically neutral language that would foster peace and international understanding. Since the launch, we’ve seen first-hand the benefits of a constructed language:

  • A pure form of communication that is unsullied by cultural context;
  • Broad adoption by as many as 10,000 speakers
  • Independent (yet mostly compatible) dialects that not only bring additional choice for speakers also foster healthy competition and innovation

We expect even more communication between people in the coming year and are therefore focusing our investments in languages that are created based on constructed language principles. To that end, we are changing the spoken and written language of this nation to make it consistent with the form of speech already supported by the Language Creation Society. Specifically, we are supporting the Esperanto and Klingon languages, and will consider adding support for other high-quality constructed languages in the future. Though English plays an important role in speech today, as our goal is to enable open innovation, its further use as a form of communication in this country will be prohibited and our resources directed towards languages that are untainted by real-world usage.

These changes will occur in the next couple months but we are announcing them now to give citizens using other languages an opportunity to translate the libraries of the world into Esperanto.

Dankon, nedankinde!

  • Big fan of MS, and love the jokey aspect of this... but in fairness this really isn't a comparable or proportionate analogy.

  • Well written! Nice :D

  • I imagine Microsoft would have no problem with owning the English language, and then collecting royalties for all derivative works thereof?

  • Human knowledge about cognition has increased so much since Esperanto has been created that if I would promote an constructed language id choose something else.

    Preferable create something that maximizes effectiveness of native speakers over familiarity with certain languages.

  • Fact is yes H.264 is "supported" in the <video> tag, but this same <video> tag is not widely used yet.

  • Qapla'!

  • You completely missed the point. This is about the video-tag.

    Their is currently hardly any use of the video-tag. Most of it is the object tag with Flash with that codec (on the web). People already encode for different devices. It would be better if the most used format for the video-tag is an open one.

  • This is a dupe of my post

  • Yes - very funny. But Microsoft aren't much better...

  • Are you refering about the epoch when Microsoft doesn't implements the W3C CSS/HMTL standard in Internet Explorer?

    As Diego Pérez says, if is that an MS-backed opinion, that is so hypocrite.

  • Typical MS claptrap

  • The english language belongs to the Queen of England who could require all users of the language to pay royalties at any time. Therefore, this is a smart move indeed.

  • Childish. If Google is doing stupid things, then this is good for Microsoft, isn't it? Why brawling then? But if Microsoft owners are fine with it, I am fine too.

  • So you are doing this because English is patent-encumbered ?

  • If the English language was owned by someone who was likely to start to charge me royalties for using it in future, then this would suddenly seem like an excellent idea. If Microsoft wants to promote the use of H.264, it should use its position in the MPEG-LA consortium to press for H.264 and all patents in the patent pool to be freely licensed in perpetuity for no charge and with no restrictions on their use. That would solve the problem.

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