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<email@example.com> Over the past few months, a longer term interest in facilitating use of African languages on computers and the internet has focused largely on Hausa (even though I barely know the greetings), and in particular on the challenges posed by the special characters used in its extended alphabet. A recent question by Fantsuam Foundation (Nigeria) concerning how to set up computers for Hausa language use in rural mainly Hausaphone areas has prompted me to set up a "discussion space" on the technical aspects of Hausa localization -- specifically fonts and keyboards -- in the hopes of getting input from and exchange of information among other people working on these matters. The focus of discussion is intended to be Hausa, but since many languages in West Africa use extended character sets and even have certain special characters in common with Hausa, it may be of interest to anyone working with languages of the region and IT. The discussion site, which is in the form of an electronic bulletin board and does not require registration, subscription, or signing in, is: http://www.quicktopic.com/8/H/JxKHyg9ccPUVB