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Thar she blows! New Blackboard Pirate Language Pack Celebrates Talk Like a Pirate Day

Fourteen Blackboard Language Packs Now Available

Washington, DC, - September 19, 2007 - Ahoy lovers of all things Pirate and Pig Latin! In honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise software and services, announced the release of two new Blackboard Language Packs for its e-Learning platform: Pirate and Pig Latin.

Blackboard Language Packs enable its community of users (faculty and students) to offer content in different languages in the Blackboard® environment.

“Our product supports languages across the seven seas. With the Blackboard Pirate Language Pack, our clients will be able to provide learning on the go for pirates, privateers and freebooters. Blackboard software has been internationalized for years, with the Blackboard Language Pack Editor available directly in the core platform. This makes it easy for our clients to swap the default language of the user interface for a new language,” says Jessica Finnefrock, Vice President of Blackboard Product Development.

Institutions can adopt multiple Blackboard Language Packs to meet the needs of their diverse student body and faculty. Blackboard software language defaults can be configured at the institution, course and individual user level. For example, the institution language default can be set to US English; an individual student can set their default to Spanish; and when they access their Japanese course, the navigation elements will be displayed in Japanese.

Blackboard Academic Suite™ software now supports 14 Blackboard Language Packs including: Arabic, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, English (US), English (US K12), French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. In addition, the Blackboard community supports Polish and Brazilian Portuguese. In the recent release of Application Pack 3 for Release 7 of the Blackboard Academic Suite, existing support for Arabic has been extended to include full transposition of the user interface into proper directional orientation for the language (right-to-left). Any custom language development using the Blackboard Language Pack Editor can take advantage of this transposition if desired.

“Pirates and Pig Latin speakers are under-served Blackboard client communities,” said Jan Poston Day, Senior Director, Blackboard Client Engagement. “This is an opportunity for us to reach out to them and demonstrate our commitment to serving all of our clients' needs. What better opportunity than International Talk Like a Pirate Day?”

Pirate and Pig Latin Blackboard Language Packs are available only for Application Pack 3 for Release 7 of the Blackboard Learning System™—Enterprise edition, Blackboard Community System™, Blackboard Content System™ and Blackboard Outcomes System™. These and all Blackboard Language Packs are available for download from the Blackboard Language Pack catalog at

About Blackboard Inc
Blackboard Inc, (NASDAQ: BBBB) be a leadin' provider o' enterprise software applications and related services t' t' education industry. Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations everywhere by connectin' people and technology. Millions o' people use Blackboard everyday at academic institutions around t' globe, includin' colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and their students. Blackboard be headquartered in Washin'ton, DC with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

About International Talk Like a Pirate Day:
During a racquetball game in 1995 by John Baur and Mark Summers decided that the world needed a new holiday – Talk Like a Pirate Day. The world would never be the same again. You can read more about their story and the culture of Pirate at their website:

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