Tectonic: Namibian OSS Workshop Produces Kiswahili Dictionary
Mar 22, 2004, 08:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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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..."