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OSS project scoops multilingualism award

By   |  February 6, 2008

Dwayne Bailey tells us that was awarded the coveted Pan South African Language Board award for its contribution to multilingualism and nation building over the past decade. The award, ‘Multilingualism and Nation Building: eBusiness Institution of the Decade’, was awarded to the non-profit organisation for its long-running and ground breaking work in the area of multilingual software.

Over the years has produced great additions to the computer world including South Africa’s first multilingual keyboard, open source spell checkers, and translation of software such as and Mozilla Firefox. The organisation also works with universities to train students to translate software through a Translate@thon programme. Elated at the win, Bailey says: “Ngiyabonga kakhulu! We are very honoured to receive this award, especially as it is given by our peers and because it recognises our contribution over many years to all of South Africa’s official languages.”

Microsoft was also awarded during a gala event over the weekend for its contribution to multilingualism. MIcrosoft was a sponsor of the awards.



3 Responses to “OSS project scoops multilingualism award”

  1. Neil Blakey-Milner
    February 6th, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

    Congrats Dwayne and friends – so much work has been done over the past seven or so years, and you deserve every accolade you get. Well done!

  2. Alastair Otter
    February 7th, 2008 @ 6:31 am

    Agreed. Dwayne and his team have worked exceptionally hard and with dedication over the years. still stands out as one of the finest examples of how free and open source software, together with a committed team, can make a real difference. Well done.

  3. Darren
    February 7th, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

    Congratulations Dwayne! Very glad to see all your efforts [which certainly are bearing fruit] also being recognised, as they should be.

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