Mozilla Firefox bringing Mexican native languages closer to all

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

Internet browser with 26 indigenous languages.

As a way of promoting the use of native languages and to increase their presence on the internet, Mozilla Firefox, the open-source web browser, has launched the beta version of the software translated to 26 indigenous languages, of which 22 are Mexican and the other four are from other Latin American countries.

The community of Mozilla Firefox is supporting the translation and localization of the browser to native languages including: Maya, Mazatec, Mixtec, Náhuatl, Rarámuri, Otomí, and Ixil. This last one corresponds to a Maya people who predominantly inhabit present day Guatemala; the rest correspond to indigenous peoples living in present-day Mexico, which is home to 62 native languages, spoken by one out of a hundred people.

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Original Image: “Title Unknown” by Reinhard Jahn, used under CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

In order to get this done, Mozilla Firefox requires the help of people who speak these languages and would like to collaborate on this project. There are currently helping out as translators and are expected to be finished soon and launch in the states of Puebla, Chiapas and Yucatan, among others.

If you’d like to download any of the available versions, it is necessary to install Mozilla Firefox in Mexican Spanish and then download the packets of the pilot versions of these native languages.

This is a magnificent way to reach out to indigenous communities and bring them closer to technology and a world of online information at their fingertips. Let’s hope that the project reaches completion and that many other native language speakers will collaborate to bring this to their communities.

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