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Friday - May 5, 2000

Quebec Threatens English Only Websites!

In a stunning online political development, Canada's Quebec is "threatened court action against a small number of local businesses whose Web sites are not accessible to its French-speaking majority," according to the New York Times.

According to the article, "Most large corporations in Quebec have bilingual French-English Web sites, in compliance with the province's law that all commercial brochures, pamphlets and 'similar' communications be available in French. But some small businesses, especially those whose customer base is strictly English-speaking, say Quebec's attempt to force French on the language of the Web seems unnecessarily punitive."

The fine is equal to $1,000 American dollars and has some small businesses and Webmasters fuming.

Click here for the full story (note: may require free registration to view).

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