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From: bantu-l-admin@xxxxxx On Behalf Of Donald Z. Osborn
Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2005 8:16 PM
To: bantu-l@xxxxxx
Subject: [Bantu-L] RFI on African language pages for localizers

I've been working on short profiles of "major African languages" for the purpose of aiding (internet) content and software localization developers, and would like to request input from experts more familiar with specific languages covered.

It's in a "wiki" format which means you can edit onscreen, which I wold encourage. Alternatively I can add comments sent to me. The list and breief explanation are at: http://www.bisharat.net/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/MajorLanguages

The list of language headings is modified from that used in David Dwyer's Handbook/Webbook of African Language Resources. The material already on the profile pages relies heavily on the Webbook and Ethnologue.

The main purpose is not to have yet another site on African languages, but rather one that summarizes basic information for non-linguists working on localization initiatives (e.g., open-source software in these languages, translating or developing internet content in them) and strategies or policies for localization.

Thanks in advance for your input.


Don Osborn, Ph.D. dzo@xxxxxx
*Bisharat! A language, technology & development initiative
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