We were recently touched by the story of an elderly Chinese man, living with dementia, in a care home outside London. He speaks almost no English so his communication with others is very limited – compounding the feelings of loneliness and confusion that dementia brings. So, it raised the question, could Mindings work with non-Roman characters?
This is something that we’d considered before as clearly the people who could benefit from Mindings most of all would be people with families living a great distance away. In particular, young Chinese and Asian people – great world travellers – living far away from their parents and grandparents.
However, on hearing the story we thought, “let’s just give it a try”. An afternoon later we had it crudely working. It’s not perfect, but it’s a good start!
- Batang (Korean)
- Browallia (Thai)
- YaHei (Simplified Chinese)
- MingLiu (Traditional Chinese)
- JengHei (Japanese)
- Traditional Arabic (Arabic)
- David (Hebrew)
So, we’re looking for some help! We’d love to have beta testers try it our for us.
- Are you a native speaker of any of the above languages?
- Do you have a family member who might like to set Mindings up in their home to try it out?
- Can you let us know what tools people use on iPhones, Android phones, Blackberries etc to send text messages and run calendars with non-Roman fonts?
If anyone would like to help us, get in touch and we’ll set you up with a free test account!
The Mindings Team