AMITIAE - Thursday 22 October 2015
Cassandra: Updated Mac App Store Terms & Conditions in Thai - Not For the Rest of Us (Updated)
By Graham K. Rogers
Of course, this being in Thailand, all the Terms & Conditions are in Thai. Unlike some sites or organisations, there was no English alternative at the bottom of the Thai text. Nor is there any link to an English version that (should I wish - to remain fully legal) I could read and confirm. Even the "I have read the T&C and agree box is in Thai, although Agree/Cancel buttons at the bottom i clicked first are in English.
The Hong Kong Store has alternative English pages; the stores for Vietnam and Malaysia are all English (so how does that help those who cannot read English?), while the store for Indonesia also has no English.
Apple is aware of these oddities, but seems to choose to do nothing about them, making the user experience for some just a little less easy than it could be.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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