Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Let’s build (and translate) a Web everyone can read

Heather Bailey
Nov 4, 2015 · 2 min read

Hi, I’m Heather Bailey. I work on some amazing projects at Translate.org.za — from publishing translated books and software to localisation training, language strategy for governments and more. But, compared to the people I work with, I really feel quite ordinary. I get to interact with and know some of the most incredible people doing amazing things for languages across the world.

So much credit goes to those I work alongside. I am an English speaker who easily mastered English-language technology and an English-speaking Web. It just seemed obvious to help out a couple of Xhosa-speaking friends who couldn’t access this world of technology. So we married out skills — and this organic collaboration led to Firefox, in 11 South African languages.

Since then, we have realised this work is far from finished. Everyone should have a chance to fully access the Internet — but there are so many obstacles that need to be overcome.

Just like me, you might think yourself an ordinary person with ordinary skills. But those skills could make a huge difference to someone’s life, and vastly improve their experience of the Internet. You might have the key to unlocking a huge puzzle and completing one last translation task for a entire language. We will have a dedicated area at MozFest, the Localization Space, where you can visit and see how you could fit into this picture.

Mozilla Festival

MozFest is an annual, hands-on festival for and by the open Internet movement. Every year, bright minds from around the world build, debate, and explore the future of our lives online. In this publication, we invite everyone to share their thoughts and start conversations.

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Mozilla Festival

MozFest is an annual, hands-on festival for and by the open Internet movement. Every year, bright minds from around the world build, debate, and explore the future of our lives online. In this publication, we invite everyone to share their thoughts and start conversations.

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