Forum .LRN Q&A: Re: The .LRN UI is ready for translation


Having the Institute of Chinese Studies work on a Chinese version would be great, but as Lars mentioned above we are not that far along yet. Although the translation interface works, the charset work is not finished.

Here is a todo list on Charsets from the last status report I received form Lars:


  5a) Check PG/Oracle install ensures unicode
  5b) Setting ad_conn locale
  5c) Override ns_return to set charset
  5d) Set ad_conn locale, ns_urlcharset
  5e) Form file upload - not sure what we need to do - ignored for now
  5f) Reading template files in their proper charset

Before they start on that they are going to take a look at the timezone problem. This includes adding a system setting, user preference, server setting, Figuring out what to store in the DB, how to do the translation, and fixing packages to make use of timezones where relevant.

I expect December to be a good time to involve people with more exotic character sets. It is REALLY FUN watching the Finish, Danish, German, Dutch, and Spanish versions take shape and it will be even more fun watching Greek, Chinese, Japanese, and other versions sprout.


Posted by Carl Robert Blesius on

It looks like everyone working on dotLRN is really busy at the moment (can't imagine why). ;-)

The dotLRN website has changed, but a couple of days ago there was a nice little diagram that pointed out that dotLRN version 3 will be OKI compliant (v.1=SloanSpace, v.2=OpenACS rewrite a.k.a dotLRN).

I have not heard anything about DSpace or ICampus.

Posted by Alfred Essa on
You will be hearing more about linkages with OKI, DSpace, and ICampus in the coming weeks. Bear with us.
Posted by Torben Brosten on
Hmm.. I've been wondering if and when dotLRN will serve aspects of MIT's open courseware[1], too. I know it's an online publication separate from MIT courses, and so will not be as interactive as the other services, but I understand from the OCW FAQ that MIT is exploring scalable services for it[2] -- dotLRN OKI compliant content management perhaps.


It's a great time for the knowledge hungry minds that are web enabled!

Posted by Alfred Essa on
Torben, The intent of MIT's OpenCourseWare Project (OCW) is to make available all MIT course materials for free over the web. By October 2003 there should be 250-400 courses available. There are several course management systems in use at MIT, including .LRN / SloanSpace. Course materials flow from the course management system to the OCW repository, which happens to be Microsoft's Content Management Server.

The OCW Content Management System is used to publish the course material to the OCW public web site. There is now a project underway to push the archival course material into DSpace (open source based on J2EE and Postgres).

I have created a mini-diagram.

Posted by Torben Brosten on
That diagram represents a thousand words..  Thank you, Al, for the explanation.
Posted by David Arroyo Menéndez on
Torben, do you refer to integrate the open courseware content into dotlrn like a package or similar? It seems a good idea :-)
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