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Crush
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 Message 105 of 131
16 September 2013 at 2:07pm | IP Logged 
Also, i was wondering if you could remove the confirmation box when clicking on "Share". I think clicking the Share button should directly share/unshare the text :)



SteveRidout
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 Message 106 of 131
16 September 2013 at 7:35pm | IP Logged 
Crush wrote:
Also, i was wondering if you could remove the confirmation box when
clicking on "Share". I think clicking the Share button should directly share/unshare the
text :)


Ah yes, I hadn't forgotten! I've done this now and it definitely feels nicer. The only
problem is that for now it's missing the box to share on Facebook/Twitter, although maybe
for some people that's a plus :-)



SteveRidout
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 Message 107 of 131
16 September 2013 at 8:47pm | IP Logged 
Crush wrote:
I found something that might not be an easy fix: there was a word at the
end of a line that i wanted to highlight but adding the border around the text pushed
it to the next line, highlighting the word that came before it (since it was now pushed
to the end of the line). I'm not sure if that makes any sense, it was something like
this:

This is a sentence.
So is this.

When highlighting sentence, the border caused it to go to the next line and the word
"a" was highlighted:

This is [a]
sentence. So is this.


This is now fixed, by using "outline" instead of "border", and as a side effect the
corners can no longer be rounded. I may use "box-shadow" in future where supported
which is a little more fancy but this won't show on older browsers, like my Android
phone. (I'm talking about CSS in case anyone is lost ;-)



Crush
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 Message 108 of 131
16 September 2013 at 10:24pm | IP Logged 
Great, that's perfect! I've never used the share buttons and don't really know if that's important to others, but there's probably another place to put it if you want.



luke
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 Message 109 of 131
13 January 2014 at 11:35am | IP Logged 
I like your site too.

One feature that came to mind as I was going through one of the pieces was, it would be nice if there were a
second level of definition where the reader could select a "better" translation. The user interface that came to
mind was that of http://translate.google.com. That is, google translate offers it's default translation,
but if one select the word, one can say, "this one is better".

I think that would help with words that have many senses, and some perhaps more figurative than others.

Piggybacking off that idea, if the default translation of a word was generated by a computer, then it would be
nice if the translation later selected by a registered user would become the "default" translation.



SteveRidout
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 Message 110 of 131
15 January 2014 at 12:06pm | IP Logged 
Hi Luke, thanks for the feedback.

I completely agree but the problem is that the Google Translate API doesn't provide me with the alternative
translations they present on their website.

Did you notice the dictionary in the sidebar which provides alternate translations? This works decently although
you need to manually type the better translations yourself to learn with the flashcards.

I've been thinking about crowd sourcing better translations as you suggest, although the stream of possible ideas
for Readlang is never ending, so I can't make any promises.

PS: I'm working on features for teachers to assign texts to a group of students at the moment, it's going to get
tested out with some actual classes over the next few weeks, if any teachers are interested in joining this trial
please let me know.

PPS: Also, along similar lines to classes, I'm curious whether public or private groups with a commenting feature
would be of interest to anyone? It could be used to host an online book club for example and comments could be
used to help each other understand the story.



Zireael
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 Message 111 of 131
15 January 2014 at 2:58pm | IP Logged 
Do I understand correctly that you need to find a text by yourself first?



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 Message 112 of 131
15 January 2014 at 3:40pm | IP Logged 
For the more popular languages there are shared links and texts within Library->Public, and a source of popular websites with reading materials in Library->Links. But this library is quite limited and it's probably best for you to look elsewhere for texts which really interest you. Input texts using one of these methods:

- Use the Chrome extension or bookmarklet to read text on any (well, almost!) other webpage: Web Reader and Importer

- Clicking the "Add Document" button on readlang.com and upload plain text. I like to use the program Calibre to convert ePub books or books that I've bought on Kindle to plain text to read on Readlang.

Good luck, and please let me know if you have any problems or if anything is confusing.

Edited by SteveRidout on 15 January 2014 at 3:43pm




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