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Dwayne Bailey

Dwayne founded Translate, the builders of Pootle, LibreOffice's online translation platform. He has had a love affair with LibreOffice and its family since the free release of StarOffice. He is passionate about getting the next 100 languages into LibreOffice.

Dwayne Bailey

Dwayne has a background in computers and business.  Which doesn't explain at all how he became interested in languages.  Hailing from South Africa, famous for its 11 official languages, Dwayne found himself leading teams localising into local languages. The marriage of Open Source and OpenOffice created a natural place to allow communities to develop local language software.  He founded Translate at that time to spearhead this effort in South Africa.

In order to make it easy for communities to participate in the translation process and to make the process more robust Dwayne helped to facilitate the development of tools to make it easier to localise OpenOffice. These include oo2po and of course Pootle.  Pootle has gone on to be used by many other FOSS projects including Mozilla, OLPC and others.

Dwayne has contributed to the OpenOffice code base through locales, spell checkers and of course localisations.  He is also a member of the South African standards committee that worked on standardisation through the famous OOXML period.

Apart from software for community localisation, Dwayne finds his primary focus at the moment is helping companies build better localisation processes, to grow their own communities.

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