Tatoeba Project

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tatoeba update (September 27th, 2014)

Improvement of the search feature
  • The priority in which sentences are displayed in a search result has been improved: sentences with an owner will be displayed before sentences without any owner, and unapproved sentences (whether they have an owner or not) will be displayed last.
  • Uppercase letters with diacritics are now properly assimilated to their lowercase version in a search. The problem was that searching for instance "ça va" would not return sentences containing "Ça va" (with the ç in uppercase). This should now be fixed.

Furigana and romaji
  • Furigana for Japanese sentences is now displayed properly (this has been fixed last week). It was previously displayed with katakana and was displayed on all the words. It is now displayed with hiragana, and only on words with kanjis.
  • The tool to convert Japanese text into romaji now displays romaji properly. It was previously displaying the output in katakana instead of latin letters.

Other fixes and changes
  • The random feature has been fixed for the following languages: Amharic, Cherokee, Lao, Mon, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan.
  • References to a sentence number are now converted properly into a link if they are the first word of the message.
  • The "translate" button has been disabled on unapproved sentences.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tatoeba update (September 12th, 2014)

What's new
  • New look for the comments form. Clear your cache or refresh the page again if your form looks strange.
  • New data available in export files: sentences with audio.
Fixes
  • The anchor in links to comments is back, so that you get directly jump to the right comment when you click on the "#" link.
  • The confirmation popup when deleting a comment is back as well.
Other
  • The text for downloading lists has been reviewed to be clearer.
  • The text on the page "Improve sentences" was made translatable. It will take a bit more time until the strings appear in Launchpad for translation.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tatoeba update (September 3rd, 2014)

New design for messages
  • The main change in this update is the new design for comments on sentences, messages on the Wall, and private messages.
  • You will now also be able to use the sentence URL syntax everywhere, and not only for comments on sentences. The syntax doesn't require brackets anymore (you can simply type #123 instead of [#123]). If you were not aware of this feature: for instance typing #123 in your message will be displayed as a link to the corresponding sentence.
  • The button to send a private messages to the author of a message is now present on all the messages, and not just for comments on sentences.
Other fixes
  • The tags count is updated properly. It was previously not incremented/decremented when adding a tag to a sentence.
  • The sentences count is updated properly. Same issues as with tags, the count was not incremented/decremented properly when adding a sentence.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tatoeba update (August 24, 2014)

Upgrade to CakePHP 1.3 and other small fixes
  • We have upgraded to CakePHP 1.3. This will not have any visible impact for users. The next step would be to upgrade to version 2.x, but there is no clear plan for it at the moment.
  • We have changed the links to the wiki to make it less confusing for non-English users. The links currently point to the English version only, because too much of the wiki content is untranslated. When the links were not forced to English, non-English users would be redirected to the non-English version of the page and find an empty page or a page requesting them to log in, because the page was not translated or didn't exist.
  • We have fixed various graphical bugs.

Donations news

We recently receive a very high donation of 1939€. The donator wished to remain anonymous. We also received another non-negligeable 100€, thank you Ray!

In total we have now received 2334€ in donations, which means Tatoeba can afford to pay for a dedicated server for the next few years. We will therefore much less likely have all issues of slowness and unavailabilities that you may have experienced in the past.
With these donations we can also start considering using platforms such as Bountysource to get things done faster.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tatoeba update (August 16, 2014)

New downloads URL's

We have changed the URL of the downloads files, containing the data that we redistribute. The files are also now compressed. The old URL is still available for the time being, but will no more contain the latest data.

International targeting

We've included the necessary HTML tags for Google to display the results in the relevant language, and not systematically in English.
On a related topic, we still (and will always) need people to help us translate Tatoeba's interface into other languages. If you would like to help, check out the instructions here.

Donation news

We'd like to thank our two latest donators, Dmitriy and Aleksandr. We've had 8 donations so far, that amount to a total of 295€. The top donation was 100€.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Tatoeba update (August 8, 2014)

Better language selector

We know that the list of languages has gotten pretty long, and it can be unpractical to select a language, so we're introducing a better language selector. The new selector has a search field and you will be able to filter the list to show only languages that match the characters that you have entered.
This feature is only available for registered members at the moment. It requires you to activate it from your settings (Options > Advanced language selector). We did not want to make it globally available since (not yet at least) we know that it may not work on tablets. If you have a tablet, please let us know if/how it works for you.

Other bug fixes
  • We fixed a bug where the logs did not record the user who added a sentence/translation.
  • We fixed the pagination for the "contributions" page when a language is specified.

We hope that you've been enjoying hanging on Tatoeba now that it's hosted on a new server :)  We received 3 donations since the migration so I'd like to thank (again) William, Gary and Shayne for their donations.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Tatoeba update (August 2, 2014)

Tatoeba is finally back! Again, we are really sorry for the inconvenience that the unavailability of the website may have caused you. Our previous server was getting way to unstable and we had no more choice but to move to a new one.

With this migration, we have included a few fixes and improvements:
  • The interface now remembers the most recent list to which you assigned a sentence and sets that as the default when you want to assign another sentence to a list.
  • Within sentences, runs of multiple spaces, as well as tabs and line breaks, are now condensed into single spaces. This makes the database contents consistent with the display. Non-breaking spaces are unaffected.
  • We now print the search results string correctly for words in languages that are written from right to left.
I'd like to take this occasion to mention again donations. I know that several people have expressed the desire to support Tatoeba financially, so if you are one of them, you will find the necessary information here.
I'd also like to mention as well that this migration would have never been possible without gillux and saeb. Moving Tatoeba to a new server was not an easy task at all. So if you want to thank anyone for restoring the website, you should thank them. The project sure needs more people like them :)