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Experts work to unlock PCs for African users

By   |  February 19, 2009

In celebration of International Mother Language Day on February 21, a group of African computer and language experts is planning a community-driven push to expand the accessibility of PCs to African users by increasing the number of locales available for African languages. A locale is a set of data that guides a computer to adapt to the local language and country. According to the project just 36 of Africa’s approximately 2000 languages have their own locale at present and they aim to create another 100 this year.

ANLoc, The African Network for Localisation, is a Pan-African network undertaking a number of projects to help eliminate technological barriers that prevent computers from being used by mother tongue speakers.

International Mother Language Day is hosted on 21 February each year by UNESCO and aims at raising awareness of mother tongue usage.

To celebrate the day the locales sub‑project is focused on creating 100 new African locales. Once locale data is in place, Africans often enjoy a first class computer experience for the very first time qas locales affect how well a computer’s spellchecker works, finding and indexing of African language documents and searching using tools such as Google.

The ANLoc Network is encouraging African language speakers in African and the diaspora to celebrate International Mother Language Day by helping to develop a locale for their language.

Those wanting to contribute can visit http://o2.it46.se/afrigen to find out how to contribute a locale for their language.

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    […] Experts work to unlock PCs for African users The ANLoc Network is encouraging African language speakers in African and the diaspora to celebrate International Mother Language Day by helping to develop a locale for their language. […]

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