Portuguese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is also one of the fastest growing European languages, along with English and Spanish. With its humble origins in Portugal, Portuguese is now spoken in communities across Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Although some modern-day critics deride spelling rules as snobbery, every world language seeks to standardize its use while also trying to keep the language fresh and up-to-date. As part of the 1990 Orthographic Agreement, all Portuguese-speaking countries around the globe have adopted adopted important changes in orthography. (We highlighted the changes when Brazil adopted the new rules - check here for a refresher.)
And so, on January 1, 2012, the Portuguese language spelling reform came into effect in Portugal. for all state organisms and entities in Portugal in accordance with the Council of Ministers decision on January 25, 2011.
For organizations that have large amounts of legacy texts to be converted, the free Lince language converter will come in handy. It allows for batch conversions in a number of formats. The Java-based tool is available at the Portal da Língua Portuguesa.
[Thanks to Erik Hansson for the reminder!]
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