Published in ITWeb Linux now speaks Xhosa fluently thanks to the efforts of an organisation called translate.org.za. Founded earlier this year by Dwayne Bailey to “spearhead” the translation of desktop software into African languages, translate.org.za has completed the translation of KDE, a desktop environment for Linux. Bailey says the project was sponsored by Obsidian Systems, […]
We’ve started to translation the KDE into Xhosa. When complete this will give a complete desktop computer experience to Xhosa speakers. Xhosa is the second most widely spoken South African language with over 8 million speakers. Localizing the software are volunteer students from the University of Cape Town.
Published in Tectonic The translate.org.za site outlines criteria for the project, including cross-platform support, and says that the Xhosa translation of the KDE desktop has already begun. “The initial aim is to build a suitable glossary of computer terms for Xhosa … Once the glossary has been created we hope to move onto the Mozilla […]
At the Africa Connect conference hosted at the University of Cape Town, Dwayne Bailey presented on the localisation of KOffice, the office suite of the KDE. Historic note: This was the first presentation by Translate on the need for localisation into South African languages. At the time no software had been translated even though the […]
Today we registered the translate.org.za domain name. The start of efforts to include the 11 official languages of South Africa into the digital world.