A group of 10 volunteers have finally completed work on a fully localized Tamil version of Firefox web browser and is now available for download.
Firefox is available in quite a few Indian languages apart from Tamil including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, and Telugu. The group has claimed that the Tamil version is a near-complete translation of all the terms on the web browser.
According to the group, their main focus was to find the easiest possible translation of the menu and other options available on the browser. Further, there is a feature in the browser that would redirect users to a Tamil version of the website – if such an option is available for the website.
After installing the browser we found that users wouldn’t require a Tamil keyboard as the shortcut options are the same as those in the English version of the browsers. File option has been translated to ‘kopu’, preferences have been named ‘viruppangal’ and copy has been translated as ‘nagal yedu.’
According to Arun Prakash, one of those involved with the project, the Tamil version of Firefox is just a start and their translation efforts can be put to further use in bigger projects involving multimedia applications, project websites among others notes The Hindu.