ATutor LMS now in Dutch

One of my clients is running a website based on ATutor. ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Management System (LMS) used to develop and deliver online courses.

ATutor can be installed quite easily. It features possibilities to develop custom themes to give it a new look, and easily extend its functionality. Educators can quickly assemble, package, and redistribute Web-based instructional content, import prepackaged content, and conduct their courses online. Students learn in an accessible, adaptive, social learning environment.

One of the things I love about ATutor as a translator, is that it has built-in facilities for translating the user interface into any language. It has had these for many years already, I guess when these features for internationalization were built in, it was ahead of its time.

I noticed there had not been any work done on the Dutch language pack for years. It was running behind on the development by many versions and on top of that the most recent Dutch language pack had some serious problems relating to the character encoding used, which was updated from Windows-1252 to UTF-8 years ago (not to mention lots of spelling mistakes).

This platform looks very promising, it not only contains the functionality of a Learning Management System, but it has a social networking module as well… It is almost looks like you could use it to build your own LinkedIn-like (or Orkut-like, or Hyves-like) network from it.

I have created a Dutch language pack for them for versions 2.0.0 and 2.0.1, so hopefully we will soon see a growing user base for this interesting product in Holland.

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