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NewsForge: OpenOffice.org, FOSS, and the Preservation of Gaelic

Jul 06, 2005, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"By itself, the release of OpenOffice.org for Scots Gaelic is a small event within the communities of free and open source software (FOSS). It is only one of the more than 50 localizations available for OpenOffice.org 1.x. However, the release shows a potential for FOSS that is often overlooked, particularly by those for whom English is their native language. Specifically, FOSS has the potential to help resuscitate a declining language and thereby aid in revitalizing a disintegrating culture.

"A Celtic language, Scots Gaelic is closely related to Irish or Erse. Once the dominant language of Scotland, it was displaced in the Lowlands during the Middle Ages and Renaissance by both the cultural influence of England and the incursion of the Lowland, or Lollans, English dialect..."

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