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31 March 2016 - Webonary
(March 2016) As of 1 March, fifty-six dictionaries are now available on SIL’s Webonary. Newly published are Burkina Faso Kusaal Dictionary, Dictionnaire Mbule and Dictionnaire Moore. This online resource gives minority language groups the ability to publish bilingual or multilingual dictionaries on the web with a minimum of technical help. SIL is aiming to publish 100 dictionaries on Webonary by 1 October 2016. Rapid Word Collection (RWC) workshops are a significant method of helping speakers... read more
18 March 2016 - Pathway
Epub3 TD-4561 change Xhtml schema to Epub schema in SE Build TD-4573 Remember font size and style on navigation Open Office Writer TD-4571 Blank space appears before the picture area TD-4579 Setting Picture as Frame or paragraph TD-4581 Half section number appears on TOC TD-4584 No centered page number with center header title TD-4586 No page number on outside margin with mirrored page User Interface TD-4452 Adjusted the position of the label Enable text to localize TD-4565 Configuration Tool... read more
03 February 2016 - Webonary
(January 2016) SIL’s focus this year at the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) conference was on the services SIL provides to the linguistics community. Several SIL linguists attended the 90th Annual Meeting of the LSA which was held 7-10 January in Washington, D.C. As part of its on-going involvement in cutting-edge linguistics, SIL has a long history of participation with the LSA. Verna Stutzman, coordinator of SIL’s Dictionary & Lexicography Services team, demonstrated another service,... read more
15 December 2015 - Pathway
The 1.13.4 release includes a new style sheet that helps the languages of Mexico achieve their dictionary publishing goals. It also includes an export to Sword format which is can be used both for distribution to the various Sword clients. Sword clients exist for the major desktop, tablet and mobile platforms. Here is a detailed list of the changes made: Epub3 TD-4403 Crash exporting to EPUB from Flex and Paratext TD-4491 Flex to Epub exception throw Open Office Writer LT-16655 combine lexical... read more
03 December 2015 - Webonary
(November 2015) Dictionaries provide a long list of benefits: a resource for students who want to know the meaning of an unfamiliar word, a reference for writers, a guide to standard spelling and a reference for the community’s traditional knowledge of local plants and animals. A dictionary can bolster a community’s pride in its language and compiling the words and definitions provides a tangible goal for mother-tongue speakers to work toward together. SIL’s Dictionary and Lexicography Services... read more
10 November 2015 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 2.28.0 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. (Mac users: please do not upgrade to El Capitan yet. We are working on a solution for why it does not work correctly with XLingPaper.) This new version of XLingPaper has a number of improvements and bug fixes. The main highlights are: Allow an author element to have a contentType attribute (so can easily leave it out when submitting a work anonymously). In the UI, change behavior of the black drop-down button on reference... read more
31 October 2015 - Webonary
(October 2015) A select group of experts recently gathered in Oxford, UK, to explore language and technology topics at an event organized by Oxford University Press (OUP). SIL’s Verna Stutzman, Dictionary and Lexicography Services Coordinator, was among the seventy leaders from various fields invited to participate in the Oxford Global Languages Symposium. Following the symposium, Stutzman was invited to introduce the Rapid Word Collection method to an OUP team in a 90-minute online... read more
23 October 2015 - Webonary
Dictionary & Lexicography Services is making a big push to have 100 dictionaries published on Webonary.org by October 2016. In this digital age, our emphasis is to publish early and often. Sign up for a Webonary account today.
25 July 2015 - XLingPaper
Recently, there have been two cases reported where a font was not displaying correctly in the XMLmind XML Editor and in the default PDF output. In both cases it was on Windows 7 and in both cases the user had installed a new version of the font in question. It turned out that there were duplicate instances of that font installed. (Why Windows 7 allowed duplicates, I have no idea.) The solution was to get a tool like TypoGraf to see what fonts are truly installed, find the duplicates, delete... read more
08 July 2015 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 2.27.0 is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This new version of XLingPaper has a number of improvements and bug fixes. The main highlights are: Allow abbrRef elements wherever “embedded” elements can go, not just in the limited places allowed before. Allow more than one email address for a given author. You can obtain an installation program for Windows, Mac or Linux at http://www.xlingpaper.org/?page_id=51. If you have already installed XLingPaper version 2.10.0 or... read more
09 April 2015 - XLingPaper
An XLingPaper user has written an interesting blog post on how he has used XLingPaper’s content control mechanism to make it easier to write a single document and use it for a paper, a handout, and slides (and also for notes for the talk). See https://atoznback.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/writing-presentations-in-xlingpaper/.
20 March 2015 - Webonary
(March 2015) Two communities in Ethiopia recently began the process of dictionary development. Mother-tongue speakers of Gwama and Koorete partnered with SIL’s Dictionary & Lexicography Services team and SIL Ethiopia to organize Rapid Word Collection (RWC) workshops. Read the full article at sil.org.
02 February 2015 - WeSay
WeSay 1.5 is now considered the official “release version”. The Windows version can be downloaded here: and there are installation instructions for Linux on the downloads page. Most of the known bugs have been fixed. However, do check out our “Known Issues” below.
New since the Release Candidate versionFixed a minor display problem for task tabs in localized versions.
Known Issues in WeSay 1.5When doing Send/Receive, sometimes it times out after 900 seconds (15 minutes).... read more
14 January 2015 - Webonary
(January 2015) Verna Stutzman, coordinator of SIL’s Dictionary & Lexicography Services team, introduced Webonary.org to LSA attendees at SIL’s booth in the exhibit hall. Designed to integrate with the dictionary development program FLEx, Webonary is a platform for publishing multilingual minority language dictionaries online with a minimal amount of technical support needed. Read the full article at sil.org.
18 December 2014 - WeSay
A release candidate of WeSay 1.5 is now available. The Windows version can be downloaded here: and there are installation instructions for Linux on the downloads page. Most of the known bugs have been fixed, and this version is very close to being called stable. However, do check out our “Known Issues” below.
New since the Beta versionSend/Receive is now much more reliable and less likely to crash. Keyboards in general work better on Trusty. Automatic keyboard switching is now... read more
03 November 2014 - Pathway
This is a new version of OdtXslt that adds another transform to put the back link on a book name before the chapter number and at the top of each book it adds a link back to the table of contents. The text of the link back to the table of contents can be changed by changing the defined parameter in the .bat file. When there are long books, the epub export breaks them into multiple files inside the epub. In order to get the book names right for the chapters in the second and subsequent files, it... read more
01 November 2014 - Pathway
If a book was long, the ApplyAddVerseLinks transform only created the correct link for the first part of the book. With this update, this has been fixed and the link from all chapters back to the beginning of the book should work. You can download this latest version here.
21 October 2014 - WeSay
After a significant pause, a development team has been working on WeSay for Linux for the last several months. The focus has been on getting it to run on the Precise and Trusty versions of Ubuntu Linux, and to have all the features of the Windows version. At the same time, the Windows version was updated in the areas of keyboards and Send/Receive. We have now released a beta version of WeSay 1.5. The Windows version can be downloaded here: and there are installation instructions for Linux... read more
20 October 2014 - WeSay
WeSay 1.4 has now been declared stable. Here’s what’s new in WeSay 1.4, which Windows users can download here:
Gather by SIL CAWL in IndonesianThe gather words task for the SIL CAWL list now allows prompts in Indonesian as well as Portuguese, Swahili, and Hausa.
Smaller .NETWeSay now uses .NET 4.0 Client Profile. Previous versions used .NET 3.5 Full Profile.
Bug FixesFixed problem with keyboards with dashes in their name. Fixed problem with unreliable word... read more
15 September 2014 - Pathway
Summary: small adjustments to latest outputs Epub3 TD-4176 Validation Error in D33 Open Office Writer TD-4179 PDF missing reversal Table of Contents in bookmarks pane TD-4181 Table of contents missing from epub3 TD-4182 Missing space after glossary term You can use the Download link at pathway.sil.org/download to get the latest sprint release