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From Joe Schaefer <>
Subject Re: Native Language vs l10n
Date Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:26:41 GMT
Whatever ultimately gets created at Apache will require
active oversight by the (P)PMC.  We do have a small handful
of language-specific user mailing lists, but there are people
on the PMC responsible to see that the lists aren't being
abused or misused or subject to spam.

----- Original Message ----
> From: Louis Suarez-Potts <>
> To:
> Sent: Fri, June 17, 2011 2:21:38 PM
> Subject: Native Language vs l10n
> In going over the archives, it occurred to me that a small clarification would  
>be useful.
> In OOo-land, we had two sorts of language projects. We had the  classic 
>l10n/i18n, which dealt with localization and internationalization. We  also had 
>"native-language" projects. 
> This second sort set up  heterotopias where discussions related to joining, 
>contributing, using could take place  in the person's native 
>language. The idea was to expedite the learning processes  and to promote OOo 
>among these linguistic groups, as well as in the regions  where the language 
> The NL projects (which were later named,  "native language confederation") were 
>immensely successful and operated as one  of the best marketing and promotion 
>efforts ever. :-)
> I see compelling  reasons to retain this structure, therefore, as the enduser 
>(of varying degrees  of sophistication) benefits immensely from these projects. 
>What's more, the  contributor who may later become a developer, also benefits, 
>as the  native-language projects lower the bar and make it easier to join the  
> Given the codebase, and given our hopes here, to have a  vibrant and 
>sustainable community within Apache, I think the inclusion of these  sorts of 
>native language projects is important, and I urge their  establishment.
> -louis

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