When I was designing this site I did not include a Localisation page,
being English (you would never know from the bad grammar and spelling)
it never even crossed my mind. 75%(guesedimated) of projects and
websites are in English by default, but I know how annoyed I get when
following a link and finding the information I require is in a language
I can not decipher google/fish so it must be much worse for those who can not
Web pages and documentation into English
Full applications into Japanese
One of the points of open source (at least in my opinion) is to
provide these tools to everyone, everywhere [information wants to be free].
Most large projects are at least in some way multi-lingual but many more
are cutting out access to literarily millions of potential users.
It would be nice and easy if the world spoke one language and
communicated in the same on the internet but its not and it never will
I could go on about the diversity of cultures, the source of the spoken word
or etymology, but if you look beyond the horizon, multi-language is the
next big push [stats]. The push is there now, but it is not that big or not
big enough, many countries are considering foss as microsoft can not
support their needs.
How can I help ?
If you are a non native English speaker/reader you are in an INCREDIBLY
strong position to offer something back to the community>. Empower your
fellow countryman by creating/translating manuals/tutorials/how-tos
Stand against in-equality and offer the same resources to everyone regardless of their background, skin color or what language the speak/understand/read !
You are the future and YOU can make it happen.
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