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Webonary now imports in the background + new status page

Webonary now imports xhtml files by default in the background. This allows you to close the browser after the file is uploaded to the server. You can go back to the import page to view how far the import has progressed:

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Importing in the background is faster than displaying a progress counter and is therefore less likely to time out. If it does time out however, you can now resume the import without having to start from the beginning.

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Also, you will now receive an email once the import has completed.

Community collaborates on the first dictionary for Suang Lotud

(November 2013) At the conclusion of a recent workshop in Sabah, Malaysia, mother tongue speakers of the Suang Lotud language had already collected over 5,000 words, the first step in creating a tri-lingual Lotud-Malay-English dictionary. Through a methodology called Rapid Word Collection (RWC), the workshop has provided a foundation for the ongoing process of dictionary building by community members. Read the full article at sil.org.

Communities pursue language development through dictionary workshops

(March 2014) Though separated by continents and oceans, two communities committed to developing their languages have recently taken a significant step towards the same goal: creating a dictionary for their language. Kaansa speakers in Burkina Faso and Malango speakers in the Solomon Islands recently completed a Rapid Word Collection workshop. Read the full article at sil.org.

Adding Comments

You can have users give feedback to individual dictionary entries. If you activate the comments, a link “Comments” will appear below an entry (in the search view). Example: Lou DictionaryTo activate the comments, go to “Settings” – “Discussion” and check “

Webonary Browse View

With Webonary it is now possible to generate all the following browse views: English – Vernacular, Vernacular – English and Browse by Categories. It is no longer necessary to upload the LexiquePro HTML files. This not only makes it much easier, but also if you reimport updated FLEx data, you no longer have to change it in two places. Finally, the Webonary browse view looks better on smartphones.

More info here.

Dictionaries on Smartphones

dictionaries on smartphones

We changed the webonary.org theme so that the dictionary sites automatically adjust to the screen size of smartphones.

This is an email I received from one of our users: “In Ghana quite a number of people have these kinds of comparatively inexpensive smartphones. The mean salary of a government worker is around 300 USD. A smartphone is a big expense but affordable. So having the dictionaries accessible through mobile phones is an issue.”

We may still need to tweak the design a bit. Suggestions are welcome.

Showcase: 4 Uganda Dictionaries

Martin Diprose has published 4 dictionaries for different languages spoken in Uganda. He made use of the Webonary Plugin for searching and also included the HTML output generated by LexiquePro for browsing the dictionary entries.

These are the dictionaries:

http://lubwisi.webonary.org

http://lugungu.webonary.org

http://lugwere.webonary.org

http://lunyole.webonary.org

 

Host your dictionary at webonary.org

You are welcome to publish your dictionary on SIL’s online service, webonary.org. The server, plugin, and other features are already installed.

Added Semantic Domains to Search Results

The SIL Dictionary Infrastructure plugin now includes semantic domains in its search results. The feature was added in version 1.1.7. If you want to make use of the feature, you will need to update the plugin and reimport your data.

Excited about the Online Dictionary

One of the reviewers of one of our sites said:

…in general it’s looking really good. And it’s exciting that it can be done for anyone using FieldWorks!…Thanks for all your hard work on this. I’m really impressed!