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Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation provides a forum for localisation professionals and researchers to discuss and present their localisation-related work, covering all aspects of this multi-disciplinary field, including software engineering and HCI, tools and technology development, cultural aspects, translation studies, human language technologies (including machine and machine assisted translation), project management, workflow and process automation, education and training, and details of new developments in the localisation industry. Proposed contributions are peer-reviewed thereby ensuring a high standard of published material. Localisation Focus–The International Journal of Localisation is distributed worldwide to libraries and localisation professionals, including engineers, managers, trainers, linguists, researchers and students. Indexed on a number of databases, this journal affords contributors increased recognition for their work. Localisation-related articles, book reviews, perspectives, insights and correspondence are all welcome.

Software localisation by Translate.org.za

Volume 5 Issue 3


Author: Friedel Wolff


Prior to 2001, very little software had been localised for South Africa. The numerous languages in South Africa have been cited as problematic. Translate.org.za started to localise software for all eleven official South African languages and has been the catalyst and driving force in the South African localisation community. Initial work included a South African keyboard layout usable for all South African languages. Translations in all eleven official languages were recently completed for OpenOffice.org, Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Thunderbird. These translation projects also resulted in the development of several localisation tools that simplify the localisation of these big projects and a web-based translation and translation management tool. An active volunteer community has already developed for one language and proprietary vendors have gradually been introducing localised products.

Keywords: localisation, South Africa, localisation tools, Afrikaans, minority languages

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