Mzansi Afrika

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Monday, March 08, 2004

Storytime

In an interesting development combining culture and technology the CSIR have developed a software program designed to preserve South Africa's storytelling heritage. The Storymaker software is multilingual, and lets users create their own stories by choosing characters, selecting backgrounds to scenes and writing their own dialogue. Users can currently create stories in English, Afrikaans and Zulu, but the package has been developed in a way that allows other languages to be added in the future. The words appear in speech bubbles above the characters and subtitles below show a translation of the words. Once a user has created a story in one language, it can be played back in another. Storymaker is based on open-source rather than proprietary brandname software.