"Khmer is the language of Cambodia, a 13.800.000 people country with a GPD per capita under 300 dollars and about 60,000 computers in the country. Khmer script is one the most complex of the complex scripts," he said.
Yes, it's complex. How complex? I will show you :)
Javier continues, "We have completelly localised OOo 2.0 to Khmer, as well as developed 45 hours of training materials in Khmer and we are now finishing some books for self-learning. During the last four months of we (the Open Forum of Cambodia NGO) and the Government are training over 350 computer teachers, for them to switch from teaching MS to teach OpenOffice in Khmer (there is no MS in Khmer)."
Look at the works they have done! Great Indeed!
"Government policy in Cambodia is pro-FOSS and there exists a Master Plan for Deployment of FOSS that includes migration in two years. OpenOffice is the central part of this plan, which is now at a "deployment on Windows platform" stage, while we prepare the infrastructure for the country to accept Linux (vendors, training industry, etc)," he reports.
When I visited PHNOM PENH ten years ago, I met many UN people. When I met Javier in Berlin and got to know that he works for a UN organization, I felt as if we might have met in PHNOM PENH and known each other long before. :)
Very happy to see another OpenOffice.org Native Language Project in Asia!