April 15, 2006

Czech language is our prison?!

I work as a consultant for creating websites that have profit, that return investments put in it. I have to figure out many disciplines of web design - usability, search engine optimization, information architecture, marketing, accessibility and so on. But this is not the thing I want to write about.

Last month one of my friends from Czech web design community went to USA. Among other events he visited SXSWi, an American web design conference, where he met a lot of leaders in international web design community (mainly American and Australian inhabitants). These people are very famous, visit conferences around the world and all people from the world that create websites know them. And I figured out a fascinating fact: they have usually similar abilities, qualification, knowledge and experience as we do. I think Czech language is our problem - even if we all know and use English, we will never be able to use it so well as a native speaker and so there will always be a big barrier between us and internation clients, international webdesign community. And this is the reason why we can't become so famous in the global scale as Americans can. That's a pitty.

In last week we (with Iva) were in Ireland and we had a long discussion if it was good for Ireland to lose its native language (Irish), which is today still sometimes used, but English definitely dominates. I think it was a big win for Ireland, but Iva thinks that the country lost also a significant part of its culture and doesn't see it so positively - what do you think?

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