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Firefox indic session - A report

Graphic depicting 3 of 7 languages that will be available as part of 3.0.2 release
As Mozilla is sponsoring this barcamp, Firefox stickers were issued to all the participants when they registered for the day. I presented Firefox indic session at Barcampbangalore7 on 14 Sep 2008. There were just 3 people in the audience when the session started. It soon became 10 to 15 people. The presentation went on for exactly 45 minutes, in an interactive mode.

Couple of students from Amritha Institute of technology were keen to understand the status of Tamil localization of Firefox. After the session, I showed them the relevant Bugzilla bugs and suggested the next steps like contacting the lead localizer and using IRC for all their questions. Several people wanted to know about easy ways of contributing to localization. I pointed them to Narro
project. One guy wanted to know why we are doing this, as there are not many people using localized versions. I explained that this is a chicken and egg problem and we need the localization to break the barrier, which will result in a positive feedback loop, making the technology reach most school educated Indians, even if they do not know English.

4 comments:

Seth September 16, 2008 at 11:21:00 AM PDT  

Arjun:
Thank you for this writeup. I appreciate you helping point those interested in helping to the Tamil localization team.

Also, interesting question the person asked about why we localize. I think you response was very good.

Please keep in touch.

-Seth

Kicchu @ Kishore September 18, 2008 at 10:05:00 AM PDT  

this is kishore from amrita school of engg
i met u dat day in barcamp
i hav mailed to the tamil localisation lead Mr.Veerakumar dat day itself about my interest joinin the existin team
he did not reply yet
how shall i proceed???

Arjuna September 23, 2008 at 10:27:00 AM PDT  

Kishore,
As I mentioned in my email, you can download the current version from sourceforge and work on it, while following up with lead localizers.

surfclothing January 8, 2010 at 1:33:00 AM PST  

Hi

I think computer education is very necessary today. You can make a good career in IT field.

Computer Systems Technician

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