June 23, 2005 10:04 AM
Pan African Localization Workshop (Casablanca, Morocco June 13-15, 2005)
African localization Experts met in Casablanca in a workshop organized by the Kabissa NGO
under IDRC funding, in collaboration with the Technopark Centre. The event benefited from
contributions from the Moroccan Minister for Information Technology, The Canadian Ambassador
and experts from other continents. After three days of work, the participants in the meeting reached
the following conclusions:
Limiting people to the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in a foreign
language tends to exacerbate the digital divide; makes ICT adoption long, difficult, and expensive;
and impoverishes local culture.
Localization makes ICT more accessible to everybody, including users from rural areas and
young students, reinforcing the importance of our culture and helping us preserve our identity.
Localization of ICT into indigenous African languages is therefore a key to rapid and fair
development in Africa. For localization to succeed and have its maximum impact in society,
collaboration among governments, civil society, educators, linguists, computer professionals,
standards orginizations and donor agencies is necessary.
We, the participants, commit ourselves to promoting this vision and working towards social
development in Africa through ICT localization.
June 14, 2005 2:56 PM
Building of Swahili Firefox on progress.
The klnX team has almost completed firefox-1.0.3 localization.
The team is proud to announce first build of the first ever Swahili firefox web browser.
We are still improving it and removing some minor errors in the software.
To all klnX team members congratulations.
The first release of firefox was built between the 10th and 14th of June 2005 at the Department of Computer Science - University of Dar es salaan in the KlnX Lab.