Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tatoeba update (January 31st, 2015)

UI Improvements

  • We changed the position of the language icons. It is now displayed on the left of the sentence.
  • The link/unlink button (accessible only for advanced contributors) is displayed between the language icon and the sentence's text.
  • A button to hide/show replies on the Wall has been added.

Empty search

Searching for an empty string would redirect you to a message saying "Please enter a nonempty search string".
The search feature has been modified so that searching an empty string will instead display all the sentences.

This feature works also with the language filters, so you can search for from Bulgarian, and it will display all the sentences in Bulgarian. You can as well search from Bulgarian to English, and it will display all the sentences in Bulgarian that have a translation in English.

Note that there is still a limitation of 1000 results. The count will display the total number of results but you will not be able to browse through all the results, only the 1000 first ones.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tatoeba update (January 24th, 2015)

Sentences with audio are locked

From now on, sentences cannot be deleted or edited if they have audio. We consider that a sentence that has audio can safely be considered as correct and has no reason to be changed or deleted.

Admins can still remove the audio from the sentence, and therefore make it editable and deletable again, if it turns out that the sentence did have a mistake after all.

UI fixes

  • For advanced contributors: the link/unlink button has moved to be placed before the arrow. Users reported that having the link/unlink button next to the text could lead them more often to link or unlink by mistake than to have the button completely to the left.
  • The sentence link (that is automatically generated when you type #123 for instance) now works also when you have punctuation before the #. For instance if your comment contains a parenthesis before the #, like (#123), it will now display the link properly.
  • Linking sentences from the "Browse by language" when a language is selected in "Show translations in" will no more display all translations after linking, but only show translations in the language selected.

New language

A language has been: Eastern Punjabi. We actually had the language "Punjabi" but it mistakenly contained sentences in Eastern Punjabi while it was meant to be Western Punjabi.
There fore "Punjabi" was renamed to "Punjabi (Western)" and "Punjabi (Eastern)" has been added.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tatoeba update (January 18th, 2015)

Sentences new design

We've redesigned a bit the sentences.

The initial goal was to make the texts non-clickable, in order to ease the process of copy-pasting a part of a sentence. In order to navigate to a sentence, you will now need to click on the # icon (for the main sentence), or the arrow icon (for the translations).

All the icons have been changed in order to use images in SVG. We're trying to slowly transition towards this format for all our icons.

The "adopt" button has been moved to be placed next to the name of the owner of the sentence.

There is still something left to do: at the moment if you are the owner of a sentence, clicking on it will display the form to edit it. We want to replace this mechanism and add an edit button on which you would click to edit the sentence.

Sentences deduplication

This wasn't easy work but the sentences deduplication script is finally ready to run on the real website.

You can thank saeb (aka. lool0 on IRC). He's the one who wrote most of the script.

Before we can run the script, there is one last thing to do: fix the time on the server. We will need to shut down Tatoeba for a few minutes. But we will do this when there is less traffic.

In any case you can expect the script to be running on Monday :)

Google Summer of Code 2015

We are preparing to apply for Google Summer of Code 2015. We participated last year (for the first time) and had 4 students working on projects related to Tatoeba. We hope to get to participate again this year.

We are in the phase of defining ideas of projects for students. If you have an idea, please don't hesitate to submit it to us. You can submit ideas also by replying to my message on the Wall.

On a side note, if you are interested in being a mentor (this requires to have programming knowledge), please let us know in the related thread on the Tatoeba Google group, or contact us at