WWL Site Has Moved

July 24, 2007

You have arrived at our old website. We have moved to www.worldwidelexicon.org where we are demoing the latest versions of our Word Press plug in, PHP scripts, and coming soon, a Firefox extension. Thanks for visiting.

Simple Localization System (SLS)

May 25, 2007

We’ll be demoing some fun new stuff at Foo Camp in June (and possibly one other conference). Watch for our WordPress plug in, coming soon.

We also figured out a simple, but very effective way to localize software and documentation. If you’re a software or web service publisher, read on to learn more. It’s a simple solution to a tricky problem, and will work real well with the new tools due out in the next month.

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WWL Welcomes Metalink Ltd

May 12, 2007

WWL welcomes Metalink Ltd, based in St Petersburg, Russia. Metalink is building a set of Javascript translation tools that can be embedded directly in a website, starting with a WordPress plug-in that will be available shortly. If you are looking for expert PHP developers to develop custom WWL applications for your website or service, we highly recommend them. For Ruby on Rails work, check out Elevated Rails, they’ve been working on our RSS tools.

As WWL grows, we are building a network of professional software developers to assist clients in embedding WWL techniques in a wide range of web publishing and information services. Watch for more announcements about WWL partners in the upcoming weeks.

Javascript Translation Widget

May 1, 2007

In a few weeks, we’ll be publishing a Javascript widget for web publishers. This tool will make it easy for website visitors to view, contribute and edit translations. The widget, which can be embedded in a style sheet or template like any other element (e.g. a banner ad), displays a list of the languages to which an article has been translated, and invites readers to contribute their own translations. If you’d like to test this translation tool, send an email to brian /at/ mcconnell.net for more information.

WWL For Publishers

April 21, 2007

One of our main goals is to publish a complete open source package for publishers later this year. This package will provide a complete range of editorial and quality assurance features (like randomized peer review), and will allow publishers to mix volunteer and professional translation. If you are a publisher and would like to¬† contribute to the development of this package, we’d like to hear from you. Read the rest of this entry »

WWL Beta Test News

April 19, 2007

We fixed several RSS feed problems today. If translations were not being saved for your site, this problem should now be fixed. We will also be making some improvements to the editing system in the next few days. The translation service is currently at demo.worldwidelexicon.org (new address coming soon).

We are also happy to announce that Alexey Gavrilov and his group at Metalink is joining the project. They will be customizing the Ning social networking platform. This system will make it easy to create and join translation communities about any site or subject. We are testing it now at groups.worldwidelexicon.org.

Translation Communities and Forums

April 14, 2007

We have created an online forum for translators to use to create translation communities around any subject, language or website. Visit groups.worldwidelexicon.org to meet other translators, recommend websites and get organized. We’ll be using this system while we build social networking tools that are directly integrated with the Worldwide Lexicon.

Improvements, Email-RSS Service and More

April 13, 2007

We made some minor improvements to the translation system this morning. This fixed several minor problems. However, some websites’ translations are not being saved. If you are a Smart Mobs reader, you’ll see two sites in our index. You can make and edit translations for the Smart Mobs site at the top of this list. (We think the problem is with Feed Burner. We’re working on it).

We also found an email to RSS service, Mail Bucket, which is an easy way to convert an email newsletter to RSS, and then to import the RSS feed into the Worldwide Lexicon. If you have an email newsletter, you can forward your mail to your_newsletters_name@mailbucket.org. Then register http://www.mailbucket.org/your_newsletters_name.xmlwith WWL. It’s that easy.

We’ve Been BOINC’d

April 11, 2007

BOINC, the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing, which traces its origins to the SETI@Home project, has joined the Worldwide Lexicon. We’ll be translating technical news for the BOINC project, and will soon add other projects in their network.


April 11, 2007

I would like to take a moment to thank the people who have contributed to this project over the years. It’s been a long time, but our translation service is up and running and free for the world to use.

  • David Anderson – Berkeley, CA, USA : advised us when we were working on the Lexicon@Home project (David is the director of the SETI@Home project)
  • Jonathan Augenstine – Pasadena, CA, USA : worked on the multilingual instant messaging system
  • Phil Bekker – San Francisco, CA, USA : our second translator, he’s helping with French
  • Chris Cunningham – Madrid, Spain : worked on GNUtrans and MIMS
  • Melinda Green – San Francisco, CA, USA : built an early version of our multilingual instant messaging system
  • Martin Korben – Buenos Aires, Argentina : our first translator
  • Mike Mangino – Chicago, IL, USA : he and Elevated Rails developed our translation wiki prototype
  • Thor Muller – San Francisco, CA, USA : he and Ruby Red Labs helped us in early stages of the translation wiki project
  • Pixelstud (aka Jayson McAuliffe) – San Francisco, CA, USA : created our logo
  • Jonathan Vaught – South Carolina, USA : he and Elevated Rails developed our translation wiki prototype