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Using the Internet to collaborate on a dictionary

WeSay is the best tool for collaborating with others on collecting and describing words, whether you are in the same village or across the world or both. Here’s a guide to setting up collaboration using the free Language Depot service. Read on to walk through the steps: Set up a LanguageDepot.org account Open a new […]

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Using Collaboration Notes

Collaboration is more than just sharing changes.  It turns out that as soon as you start working with others using Send/Receive, you find you want to write notes to them.  So we added the ability to attach questions to lexical entries, and to carry on conversations about the question.  Future versions will add other kinds […]

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Viewing the History Of Changes

Like most things in WeSay, you, the Advisor, need to turn on the collaboration features which are appropriate for your project.   There are two optional tasks you can enable if you want: These show up on the dashboard under the “review” section: The history show you all the changes the team has made: Those familiar […]

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WeSay Dictionary Collaboration

Since we first introduced WeSay a couple years ago, we’ve heard one request over and over: “Make it so that multiple people can collaborate on the dictionary”.  We’ve now delivered on that, and you can try it out by downloading the latest 0.7 Development Release. In the next series of posts, I’ll walk through the […]

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Merging LIFT dictionary files

If you aren’t yet using the new collaboration features of WeSay, you may have multiple versions of your dictionary out there.  Here are a few notes on ways to get them together. The simplest case is where the users have been working on completely different sets of words, with no overlap. That is, they each […]

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More control over “missing info” tasks

WeSay has always had Tasks which would show you just the words that needed some more information in a particular field.  However, the selection of which entries to show was pretty blunt:  if the field had an empty slot in any of its multiple writing systems, the task would show that entry.  This meant that […]

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Art Of Reading comes to WeSay

Illustrations always cheer up an otherwise drab dictionary.  Until now, you had to put in a lot of work to find or create illustrations, get the rights to them,  and hook them into your dictionary.  With the latest release of our 0.5 line (build 1917), adding illustrations is a lot more fun. First, let’s have […]

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Collecting audio with WeSay

For a long time, I’ve had the crazy idea that audio should be just another kind of “writing system”.  I’m happy to say that now, crazy or not, you can set up a project to like this: Notice the circles there?  They’re trying to be unobtrusive.   When you move the mouse near, they light up: […]

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Single Click Printing

In my last post, I mentioned that three levels of printing WeSay dictionaries are taking shape: Useful for everyday WeSay users, with no training. Good enough for final publication of many projects, with a little training or computer savvy. Powerful enough for any project, perhaps needing a specialist. In that post, we covered #2, at […]

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Open In Lexique Pro

WeSay really wants to focus on gathering data.  It really doesn’t want to become a full-powered dictionary layout system.   Ideally, there would be an invisible, friction-free means of getting a simple dictionary printout at the click of a button, and customized one with a couple clicks.  And perhaps a 3rd, ultra flexible, standards based, high-end […]

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