Email My Work

It’s really satisfying to arrive at a stage where we can put some of the icing on the WeSay cake. Our next build will include a feature we’ve talked about from day one. This lets a user send his project data to his adviser without any training in: Finding the… Read More

WeSay Action Addins

Starting with this next release, you or a friendly programmer can create an small .Net dll, add it to the WeSay program directory, and then immediately use it within WeSay and the WeSay Configuration Tool. These addins tell WeSay what icon to use, their name, and short description. Here’s a… Read More

Oh, the pain…

NOTE:The original WeSay Configuration screencast links are no longer available. …of having to listen to your own recorded voice for hours on end. That’s what I’m going through for you, folks, as I put together a series of instructional videos for this Preview version of WeSay. Here’s what I’ve… Read More

WeSay Roadmap

We’re just shy of our first “alpha” (which we’re going to call a “preview”). This means we have to catch up on doing some of those non-coding things like documentation, release notes, etc. Here’s a pretty extensive, though not yet complete list of what we’ve done and have left to… Read More

Our First OLPC

Though it was stranded by our university closing down for Thai New Year, Alan delivered our OLPC test machine yesterday. It may look like a toy, but it feels very substantial. Heavy, even. I think Kinesis keyboards like mine shown here… Read More

Collect Words by Semantic Domains

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted but that does not mean we haven’t been active. I’ve added a new task to collect words by semantic domains. There is substantial evidence that we organize words in our minds in a network of relationships. Words tend to cluster in groups that we… Read More

A Better, Faster Find

A couple weeks ago, a potential user approached us wanting to use WeSay to keep a simple dictionary of words he had encountered while language learning. Right away, he wrote back and said he needed the entries in the dictionary view to be sorted. He also asked us to speed… Read More

Multilingual Option Lists

Any dictionary program needs to help the user be consistent when entering field that have a closed set of values, e.g. parts of speech. FLEx calls these Possibility Lists, Toolbox has Range Sets. WeSay offers is something somewhat different, and yet another name (sorry). Read More


One of the goals of WeSay is to support user interfaces in languages with scripts that require complex shaping. Microsoft Windows has the ability to render complex scripts using their shaping engine called Uniscribe. However, some languages, such as Burmese,… Read More

Using Python To Read a FieldWorks Lexicon

Well, it’s Christmas break for me, which usually means my head gets hungry to learn something new. Alas, that hasn’t happened yet, but I did try something new. I got into Python for .Net and used it to write a trivial FieldWorks… Read More