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Tectonic: Namibian OSS Workshop Produces Kiswahili Dictionary

Mar 22, 2004, 08:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alastair Otter)

[ Thanks to Dwayne Bailey for this link. ]

Kiswahili speakers can now spellcheck documents in their own language. A group of developers taking part in the Africa Source joined forces--and resources--to develop the first-ever Kiswahili dictionary. The project, led by Jason Githeko of Kenya and Translate.org.za's Dwayne Bailey produced the new dictionary in one of the training sessions during the conference...

"According to Bailey, the inspiration for the Kiswahili dictionary came from Jason Githeko who approached him during the five-day workshop with a word list of more than 50 000 words. Translate.org.za has over the past few years translated a range of open source software--including Mozilla and KDE--into local South African Languages as well as creating dictionaries and spellcheckers for the OpenOffice.org application..."

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