Apple users can now communicate in Khmer language over social site Facebook thanks to a new free app, Facebook Khmer, released by a Cambodian software development firm.
While the firm says Facebook Khmer “app does not translate Facebook contents into Khmer,” it means Khmer Unicode texts that input by users on Facebook, Cambodia’s most visited site, can be properly displayed without technical difficulties. As operating systems that power most smart phones don’t include Khmer Unicode, using Khmer language for mobile users has been a problem for users who prefer Khmer to English. But this solution by Khmera-Soft is similar to one implemented by web developers who rely on the Internet to automatically transmit Khmer fonts from Google servers to users’ devices. By injecting a few lines of scripts to the web pages, developers can tell users’ web browsers to download the Khmer script from Google Web Fonts. This means the end-users are no longer required to have Khmer Unicode software installed on their personal computers or mobile devices to be able to read Khmer texts.