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Kawthulei

Kawthulei is a plugin designed to make using Karen text on a wordpress site more reliable accross various browsers and platforms.

Who are the Karen people?

The Karen people are an ethnic group in Thailand and Myanmar, and are the second largest ethnic group in Myanmar. Most estimates place their population around 5 million.

What on earth does "Kawthulei" mean?

"Kawthulei" is the name the Karens have traditionally call their homeland. The word has been variously translated, but one translation is "Green land" or "Lush land" ("Thulei" is the name of an delicious green edible plant that grows in aboundance there).

What is meant by Sgaw Karen? Pwo Karen?

There are a number of Karen tribes in Thailand and Myanmar speaking several dialects of the Karenic language group. Two of those tribes are Sgaw and Pwo.

What problems must be overcome for Karen to be commonly used on the Internet?

The four main problems that a Karen speaker must overcome to use her language on a computer are:

  1. Fonts for this language are not installed by default on most opporating systems and many people don't know that real Unicode fonts exist.
  2. Psuedo-Unicode fonts often get in the way.
  3. Keyboards for this language are not installed by default, and many people don't realize they are available at all.
  4. Many applications don't properly draw complex Myanmar fonts.

I'm a developer, how can I help the Karen language move forward in the modern world?

You can go to the (kanyawtech.org) wiki site, and learn how you can contribute there.

Requires: 3.0 or higher
Compatible up to: 3.6.1
Last Updated: 2013-9-1
Downloads: 169

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