Wednesday, August 23, 2006

swahili openoffice & jambo firefox - way to go!

The Kiswahili Linux Localization Project has released a Kiswahili version of Mozilla Firefox. The team has translated and released Firefox 1.0.3 for both Windows XP and Linux users. Download from the Kilinux page here, http://www.kilinux.udsm.ac.tz/kiblog/jambo_firefox.html


This is the same team that previously translated OpenOffice.org into Kiswahili and recently won the Stockholm Challenge, more on the Stockholm challenge winners, http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1005

Download the swahili version of openoffice from here, The Kiswahili Linux Localization Project has released a Kiswahili version of Mozilla Firefox. The team has translated and released Firefox 1.0.3 for both Windows XP and Linux users. Download from the Kilinux page here, http://www.kilinux.udsm.ac.tz/kiblog/jambo_firefox.html

This is the same team that previously translated OpenOffice.org into Kiswahili and recently won the Stockholm Challenge, more on the Stockholm challenge winners, http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1005

Download the swahili version of openoffice from here, http://research.yale.edu/cgi-bin/swahili/main.cgi?right_frame_src=http%3A//research.yale.edu/swahili/software/

The nice thing is that wether you are using windows or linux, the kilinux group has translated openoffice and it can comfortably be used on both systems. Swahili speakers in east africa particularly should be encouraged to install the swahili versions of jambo office. A user having microsoft office on their computer, can still install the swahili version of openoffice and therefore will have a choice as both in english and in swahili.

Another kool tool with the jambo openoffice (swahili version) is the the "swahili spellchecker". This is a very handy tool most people may not recognize but it helps the user to write swahili words correctly (spell check) the document. This is tool if installed togather with the jambo openoffice, will high wrongly written swahili words and offer suggestions to the possible spellings in swahili. It acts just like the way, a user would spell an english word wrongly, and then a red zigzag line appears underneath the wrongly spelt word meaning "wrong spelling" to the user. We normally right-click to get suggestions of possible correct spellings and this is just the way the swahili spellchecker works. You can download it on the same page, though you have to scroll a little below to see it, http://research.yale.edu/cgi-bin/swahili/main.cgi?right_frame_src=http%3A//research.yale.edu/swahili/software/

Development is underway to have a complete operating system that can be installed in swahili. This sure would ease the job of development workers way in remote areas trying to pass on computer skills to the rural farmers that they are working with.

John :)

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