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Sannu Abdalla, This is very interesting, thank you. I note that the bloggers (and a lot of Hausa content online) do not use the full Hausa orthography (i.e., with the hooked characters). What in your opinion are the main reasons? On the technical side I know that Blogspot supports utf-8 (I was putting a limited amount of Fulfulde content online 3 years ago). Fonts with the necessary characters probably exist on the computers the bloggers (and certainly BBC etc.) are using - sometimes users are not aware of this. Keyboard layouts (in effect a layout with key shortcuts) can be installed but that requires a bit more attention. I'm thinking it would be interesting to have a Hausa language utility along the lines of what you see here on Aflat.org for Gikuyu: http://aflat.org/?q=node/8 . This utility in effect "corrects" Gikuyu text by recognizing words and adding the two diacritic characters (i and u with tilda). One could theoretically do the same for Hausa text - the principle is basically the same. On the user side: Is there a concern that many computer systems available to Hausaphone users will not handle Unicode? I don't know the situation on the ground in northern Nigeria for instance, but would assume that the majority of systems would not have display issues. Five years ago a colleague was able to read a Hausa test page on Bisharat.net in a Niamey cybercafé with no problem. On the author side: Is it just a matter of choice? Is this becoming a sort of new unofficial standard? Some years ago the technology was much more limited and one would see text in French, Spanish, German, etc. without accents. That state of affairs was redressed once the technology caught up with the languages. My thinking is that the situation is analogous with Hausa and other African languages except that as the technology catches up, there is not the same institutional support for "standard" use - actually the opposite if you look at international sites like BBC Hausa. Anyway, it would be interesting to hear your feedback. Don -- Wannan wasik'ar i-mel ce daga H-Hausa, inda za'a cigaba da hira game da harshe da al'adu da tarihi da sauran lamura na Hausawa da mak'wabtansu.