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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/.
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
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
09 September 2014 - Pathway
Summary: Add glossary linking to E-pub and theWord/MySword. Fix End note and References logic. Bug fixes and user interface adjustments. Common Code TD-4123 Apply license error with Prince. TD-4162 Picture doesn’t properly appear in the Prince output. Epub3 TD-4129 E-pub glossary pop ups TD-4131 Close button in E-pub type window should open E-Book TD-4134 epub3 output does not have endnote TD-4135 Epub3 e-book output does not have hierarchy TD-4137 References number appears twice in all... read more
08 August 2014 - Pathway
Summary: Epub3 output, Implement MySword conversion on Linux
Detail IssuesEpub3 TD-4054 Create XSLT to transform Dictionore to (x)html5 TD-4057 Modify the package declaration for epub3 TD-4058 Produce epub3 complaint package TD-4059 For dictionary, only letter heads in spine TD-4060 Scripture TOC and Landmarks TD-4061 create epub3 destination TD-4063 Add Epub2 and Epub3 sub folders with files. TD-4064 Export Epub3 output TD-4065 Create Dialog screen with four options (Epub2,... read more
05 August 2014 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 2.26.0 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: Add ability to copy a table from a Word, Excel, or web page document and produce a draft XLingPaper table. See section 11.53 “Copy Word or Excel Table to XLingPaper” in the user documentation. Add how to convert interlinear to listInterlinear (or vice versa) to user documentation. See section 11.52 “Convert Interlinear to... read more
24 June 2014 - Pathway
This post overcomes a rather obscure issue remaining in the current version of LibreOffice (4.2.5). The issue was noticed with the Annapurna font (for the Devanagari script). When a reference is made to a head word with a homograph number, there appears to be a space between the headword and the homograph number. Take this example: Note the space before the homograph number in the variant form. If the same data is displayed using the browser the space is not there. There is no space in the... read more
20 June 2014 - Pathway
Summary: fix issues identified by test team, Dictionary for MIDs Reversal, Provide Student Manual and more help online. Common Code TD-3984 Question tag appears on the scripture header in Pdf Prince TD-3989 Use default locations if registry not accessible TD-3895 License information on copyright page Installer TD-3992 Update bootstrap logic to install XeLaTeX from Team City Open Office Writer TD-3481 Add guild words for minor entries TD-3898 Square boxes appears in PDF output after exporting... read more
14 May 2014 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 2.25.0 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: Add a command to convert a paper to a chapter which can then be included in a book (such as a thesis or dissertation). Add ability to have an annotated bibliography. See section 4.5.18 “Annotated Bibliography” in the user documentation. Add option to exampleLayout to start example numbering over in each chapter. Rework... read more