Firefox OS for smartphones to get Xhosa translation

Rubric, a language service provider based in Scotland, will donate its Xhosa translation for Firefox OS to Mozilla, a spokesperson for Rubric has told MyBroadband.

Firefox OS is a mobile operating system developed by Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, which has made its way onto low cost devices made by the likes of Alcatel and ZTE, Huawei, and LG.

According to Rubric, its Xhosa translations for Firefox OS should be completed in the next 3 – 6 months.

Rubric, with the help of Translate.org.za, provided Xhosa translations for the Firefox desktop browser last year. Mozilla officially launched a Xhosa localised version of Firefox with version 27 of its browser in February 2013.

The language service company said that Dwayne Bailey from local non-profit, Translate.org.za, was instrumental in getting the Mozilla Firefox translations to South African languages going.

“Translate.org.za is engaged by Mozilla to provide a platform that helps community translators to translate Firefox and various other pieces of free software,” Rubric said.

Rubric said that for the Xhosa translation, they worked with Translate.org.za, which made the translation files available on their web-based platform and assisted with identifying bugs and fixes.

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