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iLoominate: Authoring eBooks in Multiple Languages

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iLoominate: Authoring eBooks in Multiple Languages

  1. 1. -ILOOMINATE- Authoring eBooks in Multiple Languages Nick Doiron, Asia Foundation
 Sora Edwards-Thro, College of William & Mary
  2. 2. OVERVIEW • Enabling Writers Challenge • Challenges and Resources for Haiti • Choosing a tech stack • Building a multilingual, multi-script app • The offline, off-grid workshop in Lascahobas
  3. 3. ALL CHILDREN READING “Enabling Writers” from USAID,WorldVision ! eBook authoring app free / open source cross-platform offline Latin,Arabic, Devanagari
  4. 4. NEED IN HAITI
  5. 5. Ecole Shalom Croix-des-Bouquets Fall 2011
  6. 6. LITERACY IN HAITI
  7. 7. THE EDUCATION SIDE • levelled and decodable readers
  8. 8. KREYOLVOCABULARY
  9. 9. THETOOLBOX
  10. 10. DEPLOYTO
  11. 11. ILOOMINATE.ORG
  12. 12. HTML5 STORYBOOK
  13. 13. * when USAID sent us
 Amharic,Arabic, Bengali, and Khmer translations we were ready in one day
  14. 14. POLYGLOT.JS FROM AIRBNB
  15. 15. JQUERY.IME • From Wikipedia! • So many languages • Bonus: I added a Marshallese keyboard!
  16. 16. CHROME APPS - GOOD?
  17. 17. SWITCHTO http://electron.atom.io
  18. 18. COINCIDENTALLY…
  19. 19. SPECIAL FEATURES:ARABIC I made a pull request to PBS KIDS to allow right-to-left books with option { “rtl”: true } ! it is awesome ! PBS Kids did not act on it =(
  20. 20. SPECIAL FEATURES:ARABIC tashkil | ‫يل‬ِ‫ك‬ ْ‫ش‬َ‫ت‬ ‫أزرق‬
  21. 21. LASCAHOBAS
  22. 22. THE SCHOOL
  23. 23. THETEACHERS
  24. 24. UNLEASH KIDS KIT
  25. 25. UNLEASH KIDS KIT
  26. 26. HARDWARE IS MESSY
  27. 27. MODIFYING ON-SITE
  28. 28. READING WITH KIDS
  29. 29. FINALISTS!
  30. 30. FUTURE • Share knowledge with SIL + USAID • We need a web reference:
 I have platform / database / library X
 how do I make it support Unicode? • Sending an Unleash Kids kit to Afghanistan
  31. 31. FUTURE REFERENCE • Support LANGuages at SlangGroup.org • Add tips, tricks, quirks for different languages
  32. 32. CODETO INSPIRE Herat,Afghanistan
  33. 33. Q & A • Ask here, ask after, or write to us: • Nick: ndoiron@mapmeld.com / @mapmeld • Sora: sora@unleashkids.org

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