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Mozilla Uganda and the Dream of a Localized Web PDF Print E-mail

By David Okwii

At an event marking Mozilla Uganda communities anniversary held on Saturday 27th October , I caught-up with San James the Communities leader to share with me what their passion and motivation was. Already the popular browser is translated in two local languages, Luganda and Acholi and other languages will soon have their own translations too. According to San, localizing the browser creates a whole new untapped audience and creates a sort of user-engagement that could not be possible through the standard English versions. By for instance localizing some elements of the user interface by defining or using icons that look and feel “African”, the user experiences a connection with the browser that they can easily identify with.
This concept is not new as there're already translations with the software in languages specific to particular countries for example, there's Firefox in Swahili, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, afrikanna, Russian, Spanish. As a matter of fact, there're already about 50 Firefox translations.

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