The BBC has launched a website it believes to be the first to use Urdu text rather than scanned-in images of printed materials.
A BBC spokesman said that presenting a web page in Urdu produced many different technological challenges, as computers are not currently configured to display Urdu text.
www.BBCUrdu.com allows users to download a Unicode Urdu font that, once on their computers, allows them to see calligraphically correct Urdu text.
For now, the content on the site is also designed to be compatible with the Urdu font that Microsoft is developing for inclusion in its XP software.
The spokesman said that it was still early days for the integration of the Urdu language and desktop computers.
BBC research has shown that Urdu speakers are just beginning to use computers and the internet in significant numbers in their own language.
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