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11 May 2013 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Improved publisher style sheet capabilities to handle new things like those required by UNDSIL theses and other publishers, including an “author over date” references style. For reference items for which there is no known author, add a way to show the title in the author position. Provide a way to have the XLingPaper menu options be shorter so they fit on small computer screens. Remove requirement that the page layout parameters of a publisher style sheet all have the... read more
14 March 2013 - SayMore
I recently had a stimulating time at the 3rd International Conference on Language Documentation and Conservation at the University of Hawaii. There are so many warm, friendly, and energetic people working in this space. Here’s the presentation I gave:
22 February 2013 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Add ability to publisher style sheets to control the indent for any second and following interlinear line groups and to control the vertical space between any second and following interlinear line groups. Add ability to control the column widths used in any automatically generated table of abbreviations used. Let showLevel attribute of contents element have a value of 0 so that one can have a book whose table of contents shows chapters without any sections. Enable... read more
16 November 2012 - WeSay
WeSay is available for older versions of the Linux Ubuntu distribution, Lucid being the most recent. There are two releases available, wesay-stable and wesay. The wesay release is our development release that has our latest features, but may have more issues as we are actively working on it. wesay-stable will have less features, but may be more reliable. Before you use it, you need to know that there are some features in the Windows version that are not present in the Linux version! So be sure... read more
15 November 2012 - WeSay
Here’s what’s in WeSay 1.3, which Windows users can download here:

Display glosses in Gather by Semantic Domain Task

If you configure this task so that users can enter a gloss (in addition to the vernacular word), the gloss will now show up, in grey, under the word in the list. An advisor requested this as it helps him see what is being gathered.

Correct spelling in collection tasks

In most cases, selecting and editing a word in the collection tasks now causes its spelling to... read more
08 November 2012 - XLingPaper
Uppsala Universitet has recently published The Gilaki Language, a 445 page book. This is an English translation and expansion of the original work Giljanskij jazyk by V.S. Rastorgueva, A.A. Kerimova, A.K. Mamedzade, L.A. Pireiko, and D.I. Edel’man. Ron Lockwood used XLingPaper to do a complete edit and reformatting of it. He also interlinearized the texts. You may obtain a PDF of the book at (find and click on the “... read more
03 October 2012 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Add ability to produce an EBook in EPUB format (requires installing Calibre). Add capability to “frame” a portion of content, including margins and background color. (Uses framedUnit and framedType elements.) To use this capability and produce the default PDF, you also need to either install a full version or get the XeLaTeX update. See below. Add a “literal” element which is like the free (translation) element but is for a literal translation. Improve page breaking... read more
05 July 2012 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Add command to convert selected text to a langData element. See section 11.41 “Convert selected text to langData” in the User Documentation. Add command to convert selected text to a gloss element. See section 11.42 “Convert selected text to gloss” in the User Documentation. Add an ability to override the dissertation or thesis label for an individual dissertation or thesis element. See section 4.5.4 “dissertation” and section 4.5.9 ” thesis” in the User Documentation... read more
03 July 2012 - SayMore
We want to save you time if SayMore isn’t for you, so we’ll try to keep this page up to date with things folks have asked about that they can’t do with SayMore.

SayMore Does Not…

…run on Mac or Linux, except through a Virtual Machine running windows …have any kind of media editing …handle multiple custom tiers. Instead, SayMore borrows ELAN’s file format, so that you can do the basics in SayMore (transcription and translation) and then just double-click on the file to do further work... read more
09 June 2012 - WeSay
David Rowbory in Nigeria has contributed five screen-casts he made to help people he has taught to use WeSay. Thanks David! Do you have videos or other materials you could share with the rest of us?
24 April 2012 - WeSay
Here’s what’s in WeSay 1.2, which Windows users can download here:  

Improved FLEx Collaboration

We have made various changes to smooth the process of sharing data with FLEx. Internally, these have required a lot of work, but on the surface, you won’t see much of a change.

Completely new “Input Systems” tab

In the Configuration Tool, the old “Writing Systems” tab has been replaced with an “Input Systems” one which is both easier and more powerful. For example, adding a system... read more
05 March 2012 - Solid
A new version of Solid is available. You can download it here. Solid 0.16 adds a Writing Systems tool for bulk changing of the writing systems settings. Other fixes include: Writing Systems exceptions from new UI in the palaso library. Enchant inter-op dll is now included in the installer. Full details are on the project site here.
04 January 2012 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Improved the default PDF output: added a way to hyphenate based on the language of the document. See section 11.39 “Get the default PDF output to hyphenate for a non-English language” in the User Documentation. Note that this requires you to use the XeLaTeX Update (see Added referencedInterlinearTexts and referencedInterlinearText elements. The latter refers to a file containing an interlinear-text element so one... read more
06 September 2011 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Added a way to quickly increase the size of tables, whether that table was newly added or already exists. See section 6.1.1 “Increase Table Size” in the User Documentation. Made a way to have interlinears automatically wrap in the default PDF output. See section 5.3 “Interlinear examples” in the User Documentation. Improved the default PDF output: if a table has no column spans and no row spans, then the width attribute of a cell in the first row will be used for all... read more
26 April 2011 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Added documentation for publisher style sheets. Floats: changed the implementation of the location attribute when it is set to “here”: the float will not be implemented as a true float. It will appear here in the flow. The recent changes are: 2.16.0 26 April 2011 Added documentation for publisher style sheets. Change links in user documentation to refer to new XLingPaper web site. Updated user documentation to refer to the XeLaTeX way of... read more
18 April 2011 - XLingPaper
On March 23, 2011 version 2.15.0 of XLingPaper was released. It works with Windows, Mac, and Linux. The main highlights are: Added a web page output that pays attention to an associated publisher style sheet (as much as it can; e.g. there are no page headers or footers since web pages do not have multiple pages). Added a command to enter two consecutive references to examples, sections, figures, numbered tables, interlinear text items, or appendices. This... read more
12 November 2010 - SayMore
We’ve just released version 0.5 of SayMore. As with all odd-valued releases, we assume this is beta-quality. Please download it here, and let us know your experiences with it, good or bad. Here are major changes: When you correct the spelling of a person’s name, the name is also updated in all events where he/she is listed as a participant. The People list now gives an indication of the Informed Consent status of each person. You get a warning icon if there is no... read more
05 November 2010 - Solid
A new version of Solid is available. You can download it here. Solid 0.13 improves the export to Lift to support version 0.13 of the Lift format, currently used by WeSay and FLEx. Other fixes include: ps propagation quick fix now works with sub entries. A new FieldWorks Friendly template is provided. The ‘Multiple Together’ process rule has been fixed. Full details are on the project site here.
06 October 2010 - SayMore
SayMore 0.3 is now available for Download. The major changes are: Custom Fields, with auto-type ahead. You can now add new Genres. In 0.1, we called a recording and its associated files a Session. In 0.3, we call this an Event. A Session/Event includes recordings which are comments/annotations on the original. The problem with the Session label was that people doing Basic Oral Language Documentation refer to each recording (original, careful speech, translation) as... read more
02 July 2010 - SayMore
We’re pleased to announce the beginning of the “preview” phase of SayMore. To get it, head over to the Downloads page. Expect to see new versions coming out regularly from now on. This stage is all about hearing from you. We need to know: What do you like? What is confusing? What would you need to see before you made SayMore part of your Language Documentation tool kit? It’d be great if you could leave your feedback here. NOTES:At this stage, please contact me personally (hattonjohn on... read more