September 14, 2005

Finnish translation

Dear people from Finland, there is only one translator for Finnish, but every translation team needs - at least - two translators. You could help PlayChess a lot, if you joined the Finnish team. Even if you do not have the time to translate very much, simple cross-checking the work of our single Finnish translator would be much appreciated!

Interested? Please read the translator tutorial and apply for the "job".

Thank you!

Posted by Thomas Stahl at 09:46 PM | Comments (0)

September 03, 2005

Translators needed

The translation teams took up their work yesterday. Despite some initial problems, the teams are making good progress. The following teams have been founded:

- English (and functional testing)
- Dutch
- French
- German
- Greek (waiting for technical clarification)
- Italian
- Portuguese
- Spanish

The teams are still rather small: 1-3 translators, we need more "(wo)man power". Especially Dutch, Portuguese and Italian are below the "critical mass" of two translators per team.
If you are interested, please read the translator tutorial and apply for the "job".

Other languages are also possible.

Posted by Thomas Stahl at 11:28 PM | Comments (0)

September 01, 2005

PlayChess 5.0

You didn't hear much from me in recent weeks. There were two good reasons: I have been in holiday and developed the next generation of PlayChess (mostly at the same time). If you are still waiting for a reply to your email, please apologize. I promise to do my "homework" as soon as possible.

New Features
The new version number will be 5.0, because the technical base changed substantially. There is not a single page that is untouched by these changes. Nevertheless, most pages should appear the same.

There is only one new feature: the PlayChess translation system. From now on, volunteers can translate the site into their native language. The translation process will happen "behind the scenes" for most visitors. But soon, (nearly) everybody will see PlayChess in his native language.

Please read the translation tutorial.

PlayChess needs you!
We still need volunteers for translating the site. If you are interested, please read the tutorial above and apply for this (unpaid!) "job".
Some of you offered their help long ago. Please confirm your offer with a short email. I will then activate your "translatorship" quickly.

Thank you very much in advance!

Any remarks or error messages about the new release should be posted to the forum

PS: News about the next round of the Swiss tournaments, planned feature enhancements etc. will follow soon.

Posted by Thomas Stahl at 12:34 AM | Comments (0)

Server down for maintenance - success!

The PlayChess server will be down for about 2 hours, starting at ~11:00 GMT today (2005-09-01).
You will find a new version of the PlayChess system when the server is up again.

UPDATE: The server has been successfully updated to release 5.0.

Thomas - webmaster

Posted by Thomas Stahl at 12:00 AM | Comments (0)

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