Open-Tran.eu is back online. I am working on configuring the FTP server. Please let me know, if you are experiencing any issues with it.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Friday, October 9, 2009
The machine running Open-Tran has been restarted four days ago. Unfortunately, I was on vacation and received the notification about the server being down while relaxing in the Dead Sea :) The service was unavailable for about 48 hours until I got back home. I apologize for any inconvenience caused and promise that this will not happen again.
In order to avoid such situations in the future, I created a cron job that periodically tries to start the web server. So in case the server ever makes a restart like this again, the service should be back up within a couple of minutes.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I am proudly announcing the following changes in the list of projects imported to the Open-Tran:
- I have switched Mozilla localization to Mercurial and imported phrases from 1.9.1 branch (which, as far as I can tell, is an equivalent for Firefox 3.5).
- Fedora (master) and Mandriva translations have been added.
Furthermore, I have changed the site's rendering so that the invisible elements do not show up while the site is loading.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This is not the end of news. Did you know that:
- Virtaal supports Open-Tran as its Memory Translation?
- Open-Tran website has been translated into twenty languages in 5 alphabets?
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
There are still couple of details to be worked out: the statistics of words, phrases and projects are not updated yet and the switch still needs to be performed manually.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
The combination of languages for the advertised search engine is inferred from the URL and your settings. So the search engine advertised at http://pl.en.open-tran.eu adds an engine for suggestions between Polish and English, but the one at http://de.fr.open-tran.eu adds an engine for suggestions between German and French.
Monday, November 17, 2008
- After several long outages in September, I had to adopt additional measures to prevent the server from going down with every peak of usage. I am proud to announce to you that open-tran has been working constantly for 58 days without even a single outage (see uptime statistics) despite the growth of the number of visits.
- Frisian and Galician versions of the pages were updated.
- Kannada was added to the list of supported languages.
- Yves Savourel contributed a Java example for the use of open-tran's API. He also suggested introduction of suggest3 method for limiting the number of returned records.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I'd like this page to become the new front page of open-tran.eu. It is based on this set of ideas presented in the Google Redux. You may call it a shameless plagiarism, but (as far as I know) it has never been realized. I haven't asked the author yet, but I hope that he will not object.
I had the following objectives while implementing the page:
- Due to the new compare functionality, the page needs to have an unlimited width, such that it might be scrolled horizontally without breaking the layout.
- The new front page has to be very simple - just the search box - like... you know... Google, or something.
- The contents of the current front pages will be moved to "help" (but I haven't done that, yet).
- And finally... I like blue :)
I'm not an HTML guru - it took me a lot of time to learn it well enough to bring the page to the current state. Any help will be appreciated. Furthermore, I might have done some fundamental mistakes. If you have better ideas on how to improve the site, just let me know.
- For some reason, the search box border has a proper padding in Opera and IE, but not in Firefox.. I've got no idea, why.
- Internet Explorer doesn't render the blue box at the top and has problems with transparent backgrounds, so the language choice looks stupid.
- In some setups, the list of language choices renders incorrectly - the longest line (Biełaruskaja) breaks.
- I was not able to position all the elements exactly where I wanted. The arrow (↔) is not vertically aligned, the drop down lists are not in the right positions, the submit button should probably be lower.
- The logo is terrible, there is no real favicon.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
%s. Next, I decided to reduce the number of words that don't carry any meaning. An obvious example from English language is the article "the". Looking up "the" in open-tran won't display any results, because the engine considers this phrase empty (no words). However, I speak only English and German. Together with my girlfriend and Wikipedia we prepared the following list of articles in several European languages:
|Code||Language||List of ignored lexemes|
|de||German||das, dem, den, der, deren, des, dessen, die, ein, eine, einem, einen|
|en||English||a, an, the|
|es||Spanish||el, la, las, los, una, uno, unas, unos|
|fr||French||la, le, les, un, une|
|it||Italian||i, il, lo, gli, la, le, un, uno, una|
|pt||Portuguese||o, os, a, as, um, uns, uma, umas|
I am aware that suffixes may be used as articles in some languages (e.g. Romanian) and if you have any idea on how to tackle this issue without integration of expensive, language-specific dictionaries, then let me know.
If you have other ideas on how to improve the accuracy and/or limit the number of records stored in the database - I will appreciate your feedback. Leave a comment here, or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Thanks!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Do you have any idea, how I could put in on the page? Any suggestions for improvements?
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I am writing about it today, but you won't be able to see any of the results before tomorrow, when the databases are copied to the server (I've got an ADSL link at home and will need around 10 hours to send 3GB over it). I will try to restart the service before leaving to work.
UPDATE: The new version has already been deployed.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
- Download the latest release of the scripts from this location.
- Create .open-tran subfolder in your home directory.
- Download nine-en.db (85MB) and place it in the .open-tran folder.
- Download a database for your language. To do this, you need to replace en with your language code (e.g.: nine-pt_br.db for Brazilian Portuguese or nine-es.db for Spanish) and place it under .open-tran.
- Extract the scripts and enjoy :)
- suggest.py is a central part of the web service. You can use it with other Python scripts (the
TranDBclass has the methods described in our developers' corner). But at the same time, it is a command-line tool for retrieving suggestions. You should run it like this:
suggest.py "do you really want to quit" pt_br.
- open-tran.py is a GTK tool that opens a po file and provides you suggestions for them. It is a very old tool that I wrote more than year ago. I decided not to develop it any further once I learned that PyGTK is one-threaded. Yesterday I tweaked it to support the off-line mode, but I'm not going to maintain it - it was always meant to provide an example.